Lovecraft Adaptations Organized by Story

Rather than simply list the films chronologically (as is found on the IMDb), I'm sorting the films by which works they attempt to adapt.  The list is in the chronological order of the source material, not the films.  Additionally, some stories are very loose adaptations, but I'm putting them under one or more headings anyway if the plot follows that of an HPL story.  If they're more vague than that, I put them under the "inspiration" section.  Some of these may be mis-filed though.  I'm taking some at their word they they adapt the stories they are titled.  However, that isn't always the case.  For example, The Unnamable II has the secondary title "The Statement of Randolph Carter," but the story is merely an extension of the premise (just the characters, honestly) from "The Unnamable."

Titles marked with an asterisk are films I have seen.  You can read the reviews on this page which also covers some titles (including documentaries) not included here.  Titles which have been adapted are marked in bold.  All titles are included for both context and as placeholders for future adaptations.

The Noble Eavesdropper (nonextant)

The Little Glass Bottle

The Secret Cave or John Lees Adventure

The Mystery of the Grave-Yard

The Haunted House (nonextant)

The Secret of the Grave (nonextant)

John, the Detective (nonextant)

The Mysterious Ship

The Beast in the Cave

The Picture (nonextant)

The Alchemist

The Tomb


A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson

Sweet Ermengarde


The Mystery of Murdon Grange (nonextant)

The Green Meadow (with Winifred V. Jackson)

Beyond the Wall of Sleep


Old Bugs

The Transition of Juan Romero

The White Ship

The Doom That Came to Sarnath

The Statement of Randolph Carter

The Terrible Old Man

The Tree

The Cats of Ulthar

The Temple

Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family

The Street

Life and Death (lost)

Poetry and the Gods (with Anna Helen Crofts)


From Beyond


The Picture in the House

The Crawling Chaos (with Winifred V. Jackson)

Ex Oblivione

The Nameless City

The Quest of Iranon

The Moon-Bog

The Outsider

The Other Gods

The Music of Erich Zann

Herbert West—Reanimator


What the Moon Brings


The Horror at Martin’s Beach (with Sonia H. Greene)

The Hound

The Lurking Fear

The Rats in the Walls

The Unnamable

Ashes (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)

The Ghost-Eater (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)

The Loved Dead (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)

The Festival

Deaf, Dumb, and Blind (with C. M. Eddy, Jr.)

Under the Pyramids (with Harry Houdini)

The Shunned House

The Horror at Red Hook


In the Vault

The Descendant

Cool Air

The Call of Cthulhu

Two Black Bottles (with Wilfred Blanch Talman)

Pickman’s Model

The Silver Key

The Strange High House in the Mist

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

The Colour Out of Space

The Very Old Folk

The Thing in the Moonlight (spurious)

The Last Test (with Adolphe de Castro)

History of the Necronomicon

The Curse of Yig (with Zealia Bishop)


The Dunwich Horror

The Electric Executioner (with Adolphe de Castro)

The Mound (with Zealia Bishop)

Medusa’s Coil (with Zealia Bishop)

The Whisperer in Darkness

At the Mountains of Madness

The Shadow Over Innsmouth

The Trap (with Henry S. Whitehead)

The Dreams in the Witch House

The Man of Stone (with Hazel Heald)

The Horror in the Museum (with Hazel Heald)

Through the Gates of the Silver Key (with E. Hoffmann Price)

Winged Death (with Hazel Heald)

Out of the Aeons (with Hazel Heald)

The Thing on the Doorstep

The Evil Clergyman

The Horror in the Burying-Ground (with Hazel Heald)

The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast (with R. H. Barlow)

The Slaying of the Monster (with R. H. Barlow)

The Book

The Tree on the Hill (with Duane W. Rimel)

The Battle that Ended the Century (with R. H. Barlow)

The Shadow Out of Time

“Till A’ the Seas” (with R.H. Barlow)

Collapsing Cosmoses (with R.H. Barlow)

The Challenge from Beyond (with C. L. Moore; A. Merritt; Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long)

The Disinterment (with Duane W. Rimel)

The Diary of Alonzo Typer (with William Lumley)

The Haunter of the Dark

In the Walls of Eryx (with Kenneth Sterling)

The Night Ocean (with R.H. Barlow)

Also: The Shuttered Room by H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth

Inspiration only
Sandra Munt y la Daga de Kenhotep (inspired by the works of) (announced)
Skuggan över Innfyr (inspired by) (filming) (2015)
Doble sesión (inspired by - segment "Sandra Munt") (filming) (2014)
Sandra Munt's Adventure (inspired by) (filming) (2014)
Call Girl of Cthulhu (inspired by the works of) (2014)
The Deep End (Short) (inspired by) (post-production) (2014)
Arkham Sanitarium (post-production)
Subb Niggurath (Short) (based on the works of) (2013)
Muerte cerebral (Short) (characters) (2012)
Night Gaunts (Short) (inspired by the works of) (2012)
In Between (Short) (inspired by) (2012)
Mr. Noyes (Short) (2010)
Nekromania (Short) (novel) (2010)
Tähdet ovat väärin (Video) (mythology) (2010)
The Valdemar Legacy II: The Forbidden Shadow (inspired by the works of) (2010)
Fyren (Short) (inspired by) (2010)
The Horror Vault 3 (Video) (inspired by the works of) (2010)
Vigor Mortis (Short) (story) (2010)
La herencia Valdemar (inspired by the works of) (2010)
The Horror Vault 2 (Video) (inspired by the works of) (2009)
Kammaren (inspiration) (2007)
Beyond Lovesauce (Short) (inspiration) (2007)
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (Video Game) (ideas) (2007)
The Horror of H.P. Lovecraft (story & inspiration) (2006)
ReCreation (Short) (inspiration) (2005)
13:de mars 1941 (Short) (inspiration) (2004)
The Halfway House (inspiration - uncredited) (2004)
Corpse-O-Rama (Video) (characters) (2001)
Unknown Beyond (Video) (mythology) (2001)
Cthulhu (ideas) (2000)
Rough Magik (TV Short) (work) (2000)
Mystery of the Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (Video) (inspiration) (1999)
Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (TV Movie) (inspiration) (1998)
Calls for Cthulhu (Video short) (character: Cthulhu) (1996)
Cthulhu Wore Tennis Shoes (Short) (characters) (1996)
La mansión de los Cthulhu (inspiration) (1992)
The House by the Cemetery (inspiration - uncredited) (1981)
City of the Living Dead (inspiration - uncredited) (1980)

These titles are listed on the IMDb, but as I mentioned above, there are many other films that use elements and even plots from Lovecraft's work.  An obvious example of the former is the Evil Dead series in which the Necronomicon features prominently.  John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1994) practically uses Lovecraft as a character and his works as the basis of the film.  Similarly, The Last Lovecraft (2009) pits HLP's indirect descendent against the Deeps Ones.  And both Prometheus (2012) and The Thing (1982) are unacknowledged versions of At the Mountains of Madness.  I went ahead and added them above because it's an oversight that ought to be more widely acknowledged and properly credited.

Note: Some video games are included above, but I haven't addressed any comic book adaptations even though there are quite a few good ones out there.  Many are quite faithful and imaginative.  For example, see the Lovecraft Anothology collections (two volumes) and the adaptation of
At the Mountains of Madness.


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