We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
The Whisperer in Darkness
Written in 1931, H.P. Lovecraft's iconic genre-bending tale of suspense and alien terrors is brought to life in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s like Frankenstein, Dracula and King Kong. Using its Mythoscope™ process — a mix of vintage and modern techniques — the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society expands on Lovecraft's original tale while still bringing you unparalleled authenticity.
Horror and science fiction collide in the adventure of Albert Wilmarth, a folklore professor at Miskatonic University, as he investigates legends of strange creatures rumored to dwell in the most remote mountains of Vermont. Wilmarth’s investigation leads him to a discovery of horrors quite beyond anything he ever imagined, and ends in a desperate attempt to escape the remote New England hills with his life and sanity intact.
You gotta admire what these motivated Lovecraft-geeks have done here, and with their prior silent adaptation of "The Call of Cthulhu". Both films are shot on the double cheap in the true, modern guerilla-filmmaking spirit. They are also the most faithful Lovecraft adaptations ever produced.
The Whisperer in Darkness is one of HP Lovecraft's most famous tales, one of his later works that blends horror and science fiction to ground-breaking effect. However as influential as Lovecraft has been on both the horror genre and pop culture in general, screen adaptations of his work have been somewhat scarce - or rather screen adaptations that bear any real resemblance to the tales they are alleging to bring to screen is perhaps somewhat nearer the mark.
A case in point is a previous attempt to film this story, 'Whispers' in Brian Yuzna's HP Lovecraft's Necronomicon (1993). Like many purported HPL adaptations, this segment in that early '90s horror anthology takes some elements of the tale, but in such…
The team behind 2005's "Call of Cthulhu" returns, now with a talkie! But is it as good as their previous film?
WARNING: Minor spoilers abound.
First off; no. It isn't. There's a lot to like in this, but it also has some major problems, the biggest being the actors. In Call of Cthulhu this hammy, over-the-top type of acting worked perfectly: it was the only way you could show emotions clearly in silent films. In Whisperer, it often comes off as a bit silly. That's not to say that any of the actor are good - I quite liked Matt Foyer's portrayal of Albert Wilmarth, and the hammy acting of Don Yanan as Dean Hayes, Stephen Blackehart as Charlie Tower…
I think this is a rather good adaptation of Lovecraft's story. They added some stuff and especially the ending is a lot more grandiose than the original, but considering that a large portion of Lovecraft's story consists of letters and dialogue the changes are justifiable and they work well on screen. The atmosphere is great and the black & white 30's horror movie style is perfect for a Lovecraft tale.
I want to like the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society; they've done more than anyone since Derleth to keep Lovecraft's work alive (whatever that means). But some of this film's characters were apparently adapted from the crew's Call of Cthulhu RPG characters. And on the DVD commentary the director asks "What's the point of a flying monster if it doesn't get it into an aerial dogfight with a plane?". And the society's motto is 'ludo fore putavimus', or 'we thought it'd be fun'.
With roots so deep in self-wanking nerd-glibbery, it's a miracle that The Whisperer in Darkness is as good as it is. It does sometimes stray into oblivious pastiche of Lovecraft's work - but only occasionally*. Most of…
While black and white seems an appropriate approach to H.P. Lovecraft's style, the rest of this film's technique does not. Everything is just too theatrical and self-aware. Or maybe it's just that the actors are all 'acting'. Not to mention the unwise choice of explicitly showing some of the Old Ones, lingering on them for far too long. My experience with HPL's writing, admittedly somewhat limited, is that of descriptions of states of being, of creatures that would send you mad if you were to look at them, and yet here are people hanging around with and working alongside them.
While I haven't actually read the story the film's based on, it just held none of the alien cosmic horror…
Kudos to a few indie filmmakers and Lovecraft fanatics to attempt to faithfully adapt H.P Lovecraft to screen. The style is also accurate to old studio horror/sci-fi pictures of the early 30s and while there are aspects that suffer from being modern made they achieve a lot with so little.
Kind of disappointed, I wanted this to be much better, like their previous adaptation was. A lot was added to the story as I guess HPL's works do not adapt well to film. Really could have done without the projected faces coming from the brain canisters. Cool Mi-Go though!
One of the most faithful Lovecraft adaptations I have ever watched. A pleasure to watch. Wherever we go... Mi-Go! (I'm a HUGE mythos fanboy though.) I want more from these guys. Now, please.
We'll crafted ode to H P Lovecraft. At times let down by its production values, but it hits all the right buttons.
The Whisperer in Darkness is an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft story of the same name.I never read the story so I can't really say if this is accurate or anything of that nature,but this is an homage of sorts to classic Sci-fi ,horror ,and Fantasy of the past. Which is something I really enjoy.
The only problem I have is that at times the movie can drag,but overall it was a decent film.I didn't love it.It was just okay.
I liked this quite a bit. It wasn't as much of a revelation as The Call Of Cthulhu, which might be as much to it being the follow-up as to anything to do with the movie. It also has a couple of moments that are more explicit than a real movie of this time would have had, but, if anything I appreciated those. It felt genuine and an entertaining, sincere and authentic tribute to both Lovecraft and the horror movies of the time.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- Alien Terror
- Artemis '81
Lovecraft, Lovecraft-inspired, and Lovecraftian. Compiled from my own viewing, Lurker in the Lobby, and various lists around the internet.
- White Zombie
- The Lost City
- The Walking Dead
- Revolt of the Zombies
I found this monster list on IMDB so full credit goes to Mighty_Emperor there. It needs a lot of work…