H P Lovecraft

WashYourHands

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Over the office desk, trousers round your ankles. Then the floor opens up to a porthole into the otherworld and you fall for eternity into a galactic sized Sarlacc Pit.

This is why we have friends, to sow bleak but funny horrors.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
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I've just been contacted by a spokesentity for Yog-Sothoth, who would to make very clear that It has no association whatsoever with Priti Patel.
 

Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
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Corpsey

call me big papa
Anyone on here seen Color Out of Space?

I enjoyed it. It was an interesting one in that you couldn't really say where it was incoherent and senseless by accident and where it was incoherent and senseless by design. The senselessness of what's happening is the whole point, really. I liked how it started jumping around in time and space without an explanation.

Plus points included: Nicolas Cage going mad for good reason, the lurid pink, the glimpse of the inhuman multiverse, the disgusting 2-person hybrid monster, the soundtrack, tommy chong creepily intoning "it's just a colour but it burns"...
 

Mr. Tea

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You can see why Cthulu is the Lovecraft mascot figure but at the same time he(?)'s one of the least frightening aspects of his stories. A giant octopus headed thing with bat wings. The wings in particular as so ridiculous.
Yeah, he's not scary at all. The aspect of that story that's actually scary is the worldwide network of ancient cults, always there, always ready and waiting for the time when the stars are right again. I think that idea is more relevant today than ever, given the prevalence of conspiracy theories centred on subhuman or inhuman elites and their occult predilections. (And the fact that they're elites, rather than "primitive degenerates" etc., makes it even scarier than what HPL imagined.)
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I don't really find the cult thing scary either, it's the unnameable, unfathomable things that don't give a fuck about us. (I know this is Lovecraft appreciation 101.)

Actually, tbf to Lovecraft it might be that Cthulu isn't actually an octopus headed bat thing, that's just what its followers interpret it as being. He has descriptions like that doesn't he? Where he says that language fails to describe this horrible thing it can only be compared to certain animals.
 

Mr. Tea

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OK, well 'scary' is probably the wrong word - I've never found a written story scary as such, in the way that a good horror film is - but effective, let's say. Though that's not to say that written stories can't be creepy or unsettling - Ligotti is really much better at this than Lovecraft, although The Colour Out Of Space is certainly very, very creepy.

Speaking of the film, yeah, it certainly looks and sounds good (or rather, horrible, which of course is the point), and you've got Nic Cage going full Nic Cage in the way that only he can, but it's badly let down by the stupid decision to make the daughter some sort of wiccan occultist, which is completely contrary to the spirit of the story. And her copy of the Necronomicon looks like it came from Amazon and has a front cover that might be the logo of a band that was Marilyn Manson's support act in 1998! I mean, FFS, there are supposed to be about four copies in existence, all of them centuries old and written in mediaeval Latin, roughly the size and mass of a tombstone and bound in human skin. Come on, this basic stuff!
 

version

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Stanley's done a couple of interesting looking documentaries as well as Hardware, Dust Devil and the Lovecraft adaptation. He's got one about Otto Rahn, an SS officer on a grail quest, whom I stumbled across researching Gravity's Rainbow and another about mysticism and a "Zone" somewhere in the south of France. One for the Zone discussion in the Tarkovsky thread.
 
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