Friday, April 28, 2006

For the love of Lovecraft


Over the last few weeks I've had the great fortune to e-connect with a genuinely cool and enormously dedicated fan of H.P. Lovecraft, Craig Mullins. In addition to being a filmmaker himself, Craig is the man behind what has to be, bar none, the most thorough compendium of Lovecraftian cinema anywhere on the web, Unfilmable.com. There you will find news, reviews and articles about all things Lovecraft, though his focus is mainly on cinematic adaptations of HPL's writings. Naming his site "Unfilmable" perfectly captures the difficulty faced by most filmmakers (including myself) who have attempted to transpose HPL's cerebral brand of chills into the medium of film.

I sent Craig a copy of FROM BEYOND upon its completion and his feedback gave me a definite and much-needed boost. While I was very happy with the finished film and the reviews of my inner circle of friends whom I force to watch and critique my work, I was really anxious to hear what a hardcore Lovecraft fan would have to say. Craig's response was overwhelmingly positive, and if ANYONE is qualified to speak about Lovecraft-based cinema, he's the guy. I hope Fate someday conspires to make me a visitor to Craig's house, because I'm dying to look thru his video library!

I've also been contacted by another filmmaker whose work I'm now anxious to see: Sven Bonnichsen of Scarlet Star Studios wrote encouraging me to enter FROM BEYOND into the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, OR and included a link to the preview of his own upcoming HPL-inspired and wicked-cool-looking film, LET SLEEPING GODS LIE, which you can see here. It's skedded for a 2007 release and I can't wait! The preview made the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up...a testament to Sven's bold use of color and sound.

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