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  1. Cthulhu Mask

    Wow, very nice find. I'd love one of those.
  2. Favorite Horror Movie

    PearlJamaholic said: isnt zombi dawn of the dead??? i thought zombi was the european cut of the movie that argento edited. Yes, sorry for the confusion. I'm referring to Fulci's Zombi 2, the unofficial sequal to Dawn of the Dead/Zombi. When it hit the theaters here, it was called Zombie. Should have added the "2" after it.
  3. Favorite Horror Genre TV Shows

    Well, I'm a big Buffy and Angel fan and been getting into Fringe. The plus with these shows is they're fiancee-friendly (not much into the gore, so she sometimes has to look away at Fringe). In the hit and miss category, Tales from the Crypt had a few good episodes. The X-Files was really good for the first few seasons, but lost it's way and became boring. Additionally, the first season of Masters of Horror had a few good episodes (and a few clunkers). But my favorite, the one that still can send shivers down my spine, is the original Outer Limits. While the stories are a bit more sci-fi oriented, it still managed to be terrifying. And a few of the episodes (It Came from the Woodwork comes to mind) had a bit of the cosmic horror angle behind it.
  4. Favorite Horror Movie

    Well, let's see. Can't narrow it down to a favorate, but have my list. 1) Dawn of the Dead (original) 2) Jaws (maybe not a horror film, but scary as hell) 3) Psycho 4) Creature from the Black Lagoon 5 and 6) The Thing (both versions) 7) Evil Dead 2 8) Re-Animator 9) Zombi 10) Halloween As for Lovecraft, check out The Call of Cthulhu by the HPLHS. As it's an attempt to look like a version made during Lovecraft's times, it might be more of a curiosity than an actual film. However, it's pretty good at capturing the spirit of Lovecraft's work.
  5. Other games of Interst

    Been playing Monsterpocalypse since Horrorclix went under, and it's a lot of fun. You have six different factions, from giant robot defenders to dinosaurs. My faction is the Lords of Cthul, a group of tentacled beasts from another dimension, obviously based on the Cthulhu mythos. Basically, each monster has an army of 15 units it can take into battle. The game takes place one of several city maps, which also contain building models that, if secured, give the monster various benefits. Of course, the buildings are usually reduced to rubble during the battle, either for power dice (allowing the monster to generate more powerful attacks) or when you throw your opponent into buildings for additional damage. The sculpted figures are beautiful. The game is easy to learn, but can be difficult to play. Each monster has different abilities, changing how you play the game and how you battle your opponent. It's a pretty fun way to spend a few hours.
  6. Haunt Of Horror

    All three issues are very good adoptations of Lovecraft's work. I really enjoyed "Facts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family."
  7. I actually like the first version of Dunwich Horror. Not that it was great, but it tried to be scary in the same manner as Lovecraft. The other downfall of the remake is making Wilbur's brother look like a giant, tentacled log (sorry, least offensive term I could use) A Lovecraftian monster needs time and care to create. I have yet to see anyone do justice to his creations, with the only exception coming from "The Call of Cthulhu." It's really best to keep them in the shadows (see "Cthulhu").
  8. Dr. Zoltar said: This was screened at the Lovecraft film festival in Portland, Oregon last year. I missed it (as it was shown Friday night), but was told it was awful. Which is really too bad as I had high hopes for a remake. These aren't adaptions, but were easily the best two movies at the festival: AM1200 Alien Raiders I sat through it. It is awful, Oh, it is so bad, it could drive you insane. On the plus side, AM 1200 was fantastic, a must see. Alien Raiders was good, but I think it was a stretch to include it in a Lovecraft festival. Regardless of what you think of Gordon's films, they illistrate the problem with adopting most of Lovecraft's work. Most of his works are too short for a full adoptation (From Beyond was told in the first 10 minutes of the film version), and a literal adoptation would likely not come off well on the screen. Not enough action (in short, too much time spent with people peering over ancient tomes), and the creatures could come off looking cheap and laughable (see the Dunwich remake) if not enough time, money and love is poured into their creation. That's why I think a short anthology series is the best way to present Lovecraft's work. Something that moves at a quick pace, yet doesn't have to pad out the story. But, that said, I think At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow over Innsmouth would be great movies (yea, I know Dagon is Shadow, but I'd like a closer adoptation). Speaking of Innsmouth, check out Cthulhu when it comes out this month on DVD. A lot of liberties were taken with the story (but not in the standard Staurt Gordon vein), and the acting is spotty at best. But it comes pretty close to capturing Lovecraft's style of horror.
  9. New Lovecraft anthology @ B n' N

    Bought mine back in October and still working on it. Like to say I'm savoring it (which I am), but it's really not one of those books you can easily take on the bus with you. So I only get to read it at night, so I only get through a few pages before I fall asleep. Ah, pleasant dreams! Glad to hear it's back in stock, as I have a few friends who are looking to pick it up. Hope it's still out there.
  10. Favorite HP story?

    My first exposure to Lovecraft was The Shadow over Innsmouth, so it's easy to call that my favorite. But The Rats in the Walls really freaked me out as a kid (and it still does!), Basically, have to call it a tie.
  11. New Player - Questions

    johnny shoes said: Download and install the deckbuilder and all the image files. Otherwise, you're driving without a steering wheel: http://eric.minet.free.fr/cocbuilder/index_en.htm Another crucial resource: http://chris-long.com/cthulhu/http://chris-long.com/cthulhu/ Hi. New player, have been buying the expansion packs and just got the core set off layaway tonight. Like the idea of a deckbuilder, but is there anything for us Mac users?
  12. Movie Trailer

    I bought my copy at the Lovecraft Film Festival here in Portland 2 years ago. In my opinion, it's a great version, better than anything Hollywood put together. Faithful to the story and, more importantly, the feel of Lovecraft's work than most of the other attempts out there. Very recommended, at least by me. And it's available on Netflix, if you want to rent it first and have access.