This list includes movies that do not have explicit Lovecraft references, but have a
Lovecraftian feel to them. In many respects, these films are better than those that are
- Alien (1979)
- This film was the general public’s first exposure to H.R. Giger’s surreal
creations. Giger has long claimed to be influenced by Lovecraft (although there’s little
to support that) and some consider the creature in this film to be Lovecraftian in nature.
Scripted by Dan O’Bannon, who later directed The Resurrected, based on
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- The Last Wave
- An Australian lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) defends five aborigines in a murder trial and in so
doing is exposed to some of their tribal secrets. Chamberlain’s apocalyptic dream-visions
and the theme of “secrets Man was not meant to know” are especially Lovecraftian.
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- The Maze
- Many have claimed that the thick atmosphere and minimal shocks of this 3-D film are especially
Lovecraftian. This film featured a hedge maze over 25 years before The Shining, although
the latter film put this element to better use.
- Quatermass and the
Pit (a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth) (1967)
- The third of Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass films with Andrew Keir replacing Brian Donlevy as
Professor Bernard Quatermass. Excavations in the Hobb’s End underground station reveal a
Martian spacecraft buried for millions of years and containing preserved Martian corpses. The
notion that these creatures influenced our early evolution is reminiscent of Lovecraft’
At the Mountains of Madness. (Purchase from Amazon.com on
- The Thing
- Also reminiscent of At the Mountains of Madness is John Carpenter’s re-make of
Christian Nyby’s The Thing from Another World (1951), which was based on John W.
Campbell Jr.’s short story, “Who Goes There?” A dozen researchers trapped at
an Arctic station are terrorized by a shape-shifting creature that has been frozen in the ice
for millions of years. Although the special effects sometimes overwhelm the story, a
well-crafted theme of paranoia amongst the men is present. (Purchase from Amazon.com on