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Independent Lovecraft Films
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This list includes independent, amateur films—most of them short subjects—that are adaptations of Lovecraft tales. Please note that this is by no means a comprehensive list and that only those films that are currently available for purchase are included.

The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
Filmed as if it were produced in the year that Lovecraft wrote the title story (silent and black-and-white), this film is possibly the best and most faithful Lovecraft film to date (amateur or otherwise). The DVD also includes a movie trailer, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted material, and intertitles in 24 languages. Directed by Andrew Leman and written by Sean Branney; 47 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD or watch online at Hulu.)
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (2004)
This film animates the artwork of Jason B. Thompson’s comic book adaptation of Lovecraft’s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. Despite how cleverly this artwork is used, it frequently lacks the resolution to make a satisfying animated feature. The DVD also includes the bonus shorts The Testament of Tom Jacoby and The Call of Cthulhu, a “making of” slideshow, trailers, and a music-only track. Directed by Edward Martin III; 100 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD.)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Volume 1: Cool Air (2004)
This collection features Bryan Moore’s Cool Air (43:17), Christian Matzke’s Nyarlathotep (13:14) and An Imperfect Solution (17:12), Anthony Penta’s The Hound (18:43) and The Hapless Antiquarian (6:37), interviews with the cast and crew of Cool Air, an interview with S.T. Joshi, and two openers from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. 140 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD.)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Volume 2: Rough Magik (2004)
This collection features Stephen Parson’s Rough Magik television pilot (41:25), Bob Fugger’s Terrible Old Man (33:06) and From Beyond (21:22), music videos of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets’ “Worship Me Like a God” and “Colour Me Green”, interviews with the cast and crew of Terrible Old Man, an interview with S.T. Joshi, a trailer for Experiment 17, and an opener from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. 130 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD.)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Volume 3: Out of Mind (2005)
This collection features Raymond Saint-Jean’s Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (56:07), Aaron J. Vanek’s The Outsider (6:12) and My Necronomicon (1:52), John Strysik’s The Music of Erich Zann (17:42), trailers for The Call of Cthulhu and The Unnamable, an interview with S.T. Joshi, and an opener from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. 120 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD.)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Volume 4: Pickman’s Model (2007)
This collection features Ricardo Harrington’s Chilean Gothic (43:03), Giovanni Furore’s Pickman’s Model (33:53), Cathy Welch’s Pickman’s Model (31:57), Djie Han Thung’s Between the Stars (6:08), Geoffrey D. Clark’s In the Vault (6:15), interviews with Ramsey Campbell and Robert M. Price, and festival spots by both Campbell and Price. 120 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD.)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Volume 5: Strange Aeons (2008)
This collection features Eric Morgret’s Strange Aeons (77:03), Michael Granberry’s From Beyond (9:40), Patrick Weber’s Maria’s Hubris (14:39), Robin Ator’s Don’t Feed the Book (1:31), trailers for Let Sleeping Gods Lie and Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, an interview with John Carpenter, festival spots by Stuart Gordon and Guillermo Del Toro, and two openers from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. 120 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD.)
Pickman’s Model (2008)
Although a reasonably faithful adaptation of Lovecraft’s story, this short suffers from hammy over-acting and poor lighting. The DVD includes a commentary track, the text of Lovecraft’s story, a behind-the-scenes documentary, a featurette on the makeup for the lead actor, a trailer, and a slideshow of production photographs. Directed by Gary Fierro; 19 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD.)
The Testimony of Randolph Carter (1988)
This student film has terrific props and locations, but the pacing drags considerably. Though based on Lovecraft’s “The Statement of Randolph Carter”, elements from “Through the Gates of the Silver Key” have been added. One of the earliest Lovecraft adaptations, this was made by the team who went on to create The Call of Cthulhu. The DVD is merely a transfer of the original VHS film and contains no extras. Directed by Andrew Leman; 53 minutes. (Purchase from Amazon.com on DVD.)
The Thing on the Doorstep (2003)
In spite of its obvious budgetary limitations, this is a competent, though uninspired, production. The director has since filmed a longer version, titled Strange Aeons, which is featured on The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Volume 5. The DVD includes a filmmaker’s commentary, original trailers, outtake reel, and The Love Craft short spoof. Directed by Eric Morgret; 26 minutes. DVD.
 
 
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