#TerrorTrailerTuesday: The “All You Need is Lovecraft” Edition

Ho-wdy, Fright Fiends!

Lovecraft is in the air this #terrortrailertuesday! We’ve summoned up some trailers for some of the most eldritch H.P. Lovecraft adapations known to man or Great Old One! These ancient, terrible trailers are of an unutterable and blasphemous ho-rror so great that they can drive mortal minds to pure insanity… so enjoy! And remember, Kinky Kreeps…

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

From the nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh, here are… THE TRAILERS!!! 

Happy Birthday, H.P. Lovecraft!

An eldritch birthday to that teller of weird tales, Mr. H.P. Lovecraft!
While not a particularly popular writer in his own time, Mr. Lovecraft has certainly become a towering figure in the realm of horror literature, as undying as the great monsters he wrote of. His tales of cosmic abominations beyond the comprehension of mortal minds have inspired great mortal minds like Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker, John Carpenter, Neil Gaiman, and a great many more. At least 38 motion pictures have been based on his works, starting 1963’s The Haunted Palace. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu has become a gargantuan icon in geek culture, spawning plushies and novelty gifts enough to fill a billion Grand Canyons. There can be denying Lovecraft’s influence upon our beloved genre.
In Ho-nor of Lovecraft’s birthday, here’s Jeffrey “Herbert West” Combs reading Herbert West–Reanimator. Enjoy. 🙂

#TerrorTuesday: The “Horror Noir” Edition

(Submitted by Mr. Dr. Anton Phibes…Thanks for reminding us this lil’ slice o’weirdom eXXXists. I plan to re-open this investigation immediately! 🙂 xoxo)

It was another one of those hot L.A. days. I poured myself another shot of cheap whisky and said to myself, ‘You’re a tough guy. You’ve been slapped twice, choked, beaten silly with a gun, shot in the arm until you’re crazy as a couple of waltzing mice. Now let’s see you do something really tough—like watching a made-for-TV monster movie.”

I humored myself and I found it: the, uh, stuff screams are made of…

Cast a Deadly Spell is nifty little number that attempts to fuse Raymond Chandler and H.P. Lovecraft into one bizarre creature. Set in alternative 1940s when magic is in vogue and the creatures of the night mingle with average folks, It has all the trappings of a classic film noir (hard-boiled detectives, sleazy clubs, stylized dialogue, femme fatales, etc.), but paints it all with a coat of Cosmic Horror. If that last part wasn’t clear, they drive the point home with their protagonist: Phillip Lovecraft.

This film does for lovers of the grotesque what Who Framed Roger Rabbit does for toon fans. Almost every scene has a zombie, werewolf, or fiend amidst the detective action. The story is decent, but it’s really about seeing noir and nightmare come together in a beautiful way. The monsters are fiendish and Fred Ward as Lovecraft is the perfect jaded gumshoe, bringing enough down-to-Earth wit to ground this peculiar picture.

For those wanting to crack the case, click on the box below:

Ho-stess’s Semi-Related Side Note: I just started playing Blues and Bullets (I was craving a good noir mystery), and so far so rad. I’m only in the first episode, but the first murder scene I investigated is creepy as all heck!! I’ll update you as I get further along, but since it’s been out for a while, maybe you fiends already have some thoughts on this one? Would love to hear what you think if you’ve playing it, too. 🙂 xoxo

UPDATE: I should’ve researched this game a lil’ more before I started playing it. I finished Episode 2 and immediately went to dive into the neXXXt installment, only to discover that IT DOESN’T ExxxIST!!!! 🙁

Chapter One was released in 2015, and apparently Chapter 2 didn’t come out until almost a year later. Although it hasn’t been officially announced as cancelled, it doesn’t look like we’re getting any more installments. Apparently the development company basically ran out of money, so there are currently no plans to finish his tit-le. Such a shame, too, because the story was super intriguing. Would’ve loved to see ho-w it all ended up. (And that little dog murdering piece of shit Bruno needs to feel my wrath!!! ;))

Oh well…It’s still a fun lil’ cocktease. Feel free to check this half-game out if self-torture is your thing. 😉 xoxo