HP Lovecraft on Film

Lovecraft's works have been adapted any number of times, and his influence is such that you can easily find "Lovecraftian" works that aren't direct adaptations.  I would have liked to have been able to categorize films both on their faithfulness to the source material as well as on their own merit, but there's no objective way to do that.  In fact, sometimes the least faithful movies are among the best (e.g., "Re-animator"s comedic approach is absent in the original story, yet that's what makes the film stand above its peers!).

For all the poor efforts, there are quite a few good (or at least entertaining) ones, so this page will hopefully help you navigate these (too!) many projects in setting up your Netflix queue.  The best pieces (IMO) are tagged as "Recommended!"  Those that are wastes of time are marked as "Avoid!"  Anything unlabeled is worth a viewing, either because it's entertaining or for intellectual curiosity.

To avoid confusion in the text of the reviews
, movie titles are italicized, and story titles are in quotes.  Personally, I don't think any Lovecraft works qualify as novels, just very long stories.  See my page on Lovecraft's Word Counts (and what they tell us).  I also have a page that lists Lovecraft Adaptations Organized by Story.

I've included a few links as an afterthought.  I probably should have been more systematic about that where I found these on YouTube, but the internet is such a shifting body of data that I couldn't bring myself to invest in compiling a list that might be largely outdated in a few months.

Note that there are always new adaptations coming out, so this page will always be out of date.  I'm still playing catch-up on the last fifty years of adaptations, but feel free to email me a link to any new ones or those I have missed.


This section covers movies that are direct adaptations of one more stories.  Movies that are more broadly and non-specifically influenced by Lovecraft are covered in the "Inspired by" section below.  Alternatively, this section might be described as "Mythos," whereas the "influenced by" section is simply "Lovecraftian."
Banshee Chapter (2013) - Although the style is highly derivative of a lot of other horror films from the past ten years, it's a fairly effective adaptation of "From Beyond," even if the tone is dramatically different than the source material.  It doesn't try to follow the story strictly, instead creating a whole other angle that involves counter-cultural experimentation overlapping with an evil government conspiracy.  However, the movie explicitly references (summarizes even!) the Lovecraft story, even though Lovecraft is never mentioned in the writing credits.  It isn't a great movie, but it's remarkable in enough ways to be an almost-really-good movie.  RECOMMENDED!

Beyond the Dunwich Horror (2008) - An almost completely random hodgepodge of loosely connected scenes.  In spite of the title, this film barely connects itself to the original story.  There's a fair amount of name-dropping (e.g, mention of Yog Sothoth, the Necronomicon serves as the McGuffin for part of the film, characters named Crawford, Armitage, Hartwell, and Upton, etc.).  The tone and approaches used throughout are inconsistent, so it is never clear what the film is even trying to evoke.  The opening scenes seem to be referencing the '60s/'70s feel of the original adaptation, then almost immediately borrows the EC Comics and Basil Gogos-inspired lighting from "Creepshow," but before long there's a goth band and a threesome, and it just gets weirder from there with blind cultists abd grave robbing and everything else.  Like I said, there's a little of everything thrown in.  That's entertaining if you get far enough away to appreciate the juxtapositions, but any viewer can see this is simply the filmmakers grasping for anything they can toss into the mix to delay the ultimately anticlimactic ending.  The bad acting and inexplicable actions of the characters belie that this is simply amateurish no matter how long the participants' respective resumes are.  It's kind of surprisingly how weak a product is given that many of these folks have been in the business for quite a while.  (One pleasant surprise was a cameo by Danielle Gelehrter (aka Penny Dreadful) as a librarian, though I felt bad for her having to spend an afternoon shooting her scenes with this crew.)

Beyond the Wall of Sleep (2006) - This film bears little resemblance to the story of the same name except for borrowing the setting and a few details.  It misses the point of the story entirely, and is badly-acted on top of so many other flaws (e.g., countless attempts to be artistic by employing every camera trick or other device: cheap CGI, alternating between B&W, color, and over-saturated colors, etc.).  Probably the worst movie on this list, and that's saying something.  Avoid it like Ebola!  AVOID!

Bleeders (aka Hemoglobin) (1997) - This is loosely based on the short story "The Lurking Fear," which isn't even credited.  Probably for the best since Lovecraft wouldn't want to be associated with it anyway.  Looks professional enough, yet almost every actor (including many bit parts) has a moment that makes you go, "Huh?" because they're so badly performed.  It's as though they were scripted or directed to act in direct defiance to what the character would reasonably do in a given scene!  To top it all off, the antagonists look like the cast of Troll II, and the movie is bookended with a seemingly orphaned subplot that is utterly redundant except at making the film worse.  AVOID!

The Call of Cthulhu (2005) - This is one of the most interesting and faithful adaptations of Lovecraft yet attempted.  Put together by amateur filmmakers on a shoestring budget, this film actually captures virtually the entire story in the form of a silent film that seemingly emerged from the 1920s!  Even the title Other God is rendered in stop-motion animation (which, understandably, is the weakest portion of the picture), but with period costumes and even title cards for the dialog, it really works as an artistic experiment as well as on the level of pure entertainment.  RECOMMENDED!

Castle Freak (1995) - One of several Stuart Gordon pictures starring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton.  This adaptation of "The Outsider" goes in a very different direction than the source material.  It will probably be remembered mostly for its gore and violence rather than its story.  Honestly, the original story is a bit thin, even with the additional plotting far beyond Lovecraft's work.  I didn't hate it, but it felt a bit too predictable, like there was just the skeleton of a premise to justify all the horror draped over it.

Colour from the Dark (2008) - An adaptation of "The Colour Out of Space" that sets the story in 1943 Italy.  The movie's biggest strength is in its emphasis on the characters, something Lovecraft treated as incidental to the events in his stories, so here we at least have both good plotting and characters we care about.  The CGI is very sub-par, unfortunately, so that's a distraction wherever it appears.  And the inexplicable mix of accents is confusing.  There are many changes to the original premise, but I think they only serve to make it more interesting.  To emphasize, these are changes rather than simply ignoring central elements the way many of the worst adaptations seem to.  However, the one change I greatly objected to was the shift from a sci-fi story to something evoking the supernatural (though we never know for sure), which I think HPL would have been annoyed by because it's such an easy "out" for creating something to antagonize the characters, never playing by any rules.  The ending is less than satisfactory as well, I'm afraid, but it's just one of several cul de sacs that include repeatedly introducing characters who are quickly killed off.

Cool Air (2006/2013) - The dates indicate the long latency between shooting and release (It was on ice, you might say).  Amateurish acting on the part of too much of the cast, unnecessary voiceover narration of what's happening right in front of you, and just too little story for 77 minutes of film are among the problems here.  It's pretty low budget: looks like it was shot on a Handicam, the flashbacks are soliloquies without footage of the events being described, relying on lots of After Effects (black and white negatives, hazy slow motion, etc.) to compensate for otherwise uninteresting visuals, etc.  The story itself has some updating, but not many twists beyond the original (which isn't even delivered with any impact).  AVOID!

The Curse (1987) - This version of "The Colour Out of Space" is probably the best of the many attempted over the years.  Most others fail because they want to lean into the fantastical, whereas this version is very grounded.  At the very least, it's certainly the most faithful, only the viewers are given a character in Wil Wheaton who is far easier to empathize with than the characteristically aloof approach Lovecraft employed in the original.  The horror of the family's decline is effectively portrayed onscreen, even if it gets a little too dramatic at the climax.  RECOMMENDED!

The Curse of the Crimson Altar (aka The Crimson Cult) (1968) - A very, very loose adaptation of "The Dreams in the Witch House" that only connects to the story in parallel elements more than in terms of the plot.  It's a fun movie though, and one of the very last to feature Boris Karloff.  It's very dated in that, being a British production, it looks like a later Hammer film (e.g., a bit of nudity, Christopher Lee) with a freak-out party and psychedelic effects, plus there's that paranoia theme (in this case it's a secret cult) from the era in horror history that gave us films like Rosemary's Baby, The Wicker Man, The Stepford Wives, etc.

Cthulhu (2007) - Much of the movie (especially the first thirty minutes) is delivered in an impressionistic fashion, which gets tiresome because after a while you're really hoping to get some story.  The title is a misnomer too; it's actually more of an adaptation of "Shadow over Innsmouth" than any other work, though there are elements from "CoC" as well (Technically, it's "Based on the works" of Lovecraft).  There are a few nods to other elements, like the references to "The Esoteric Order of Dagon" (which Lovecraft placed in "SoI") and Shoggoths.  Overall it's really all over the place, what with a premise from August: Osage County which slips into The Twilight Zone with a subplot from Rosemary's Baby.  It's a bit disconcerting, but I like movies that are unpredictable.  I'm not sure if that unpredictablity was a consequence of the filmmakers being either indecisive or overly-ambitious.  It does go completely off the rails by the end, which I enjoyed.  However, its conclusion is entirely too inconclusive (think "The Lady and the Tiger"), and I'm sure that left most viewers with a bad taste.  That and maybe the gay angle, although I'd have thought folks were over that by now.  Of all the Lovecraft adaptations and inspired-by films on this list, this is one of the best-acted, most professional-looking, and has the most material, even if that is poorly structured or at least takes on too much to allow it too remain focused.  I can't recommend it very highly, but it's certainly one of the most interesting films on this list.

Dagon (2001) - This is actually more of an adaptation of "The Shadow over Innsmouth" than "Dagon," with the latter only influencing it a bit.  It is very polished, and yet it never quite connects.  For one thing, the cast just isn't quite competent enough to deliver.  The story is impaired by the hero adopting a Woody Allen impersonation throughout, a mentor character whose thick accent renders his lines unintelligible in many scenes, and the story just isn't compelling as presented, which is astounding considering the original work is among Lovecraft's best in that regard.  Director Stuart Gordon would have done better to stick more closely to the paranoid tone that made the source material work.

The Dark Sleep (2012) - I only caught the first 25 minutes of this before my copy crashed, but what I saw didn't make me want to bother with the rest.  While it's loosely based on "The Dreams in the Witch House," it might as well be any old haunted house story.  Even overlooking the poor special effects, one of the biggest problems is that the protagonist is extremely unlikeable (yes, she's attractive, but she's immediately hostile and even unethical with everyone she encounters), so it's hard to empathize.  Unlike Walter Gilman, she can't advance the plot because she brings no knowledge to her circumstances and she lacks the intellectual curiosity to do anything but react like a spoiled, entitled brat.

Dark Heritage (1989) - A very poor adaptation of "The Lurking Fear" but so badly acted that you'd do much better to read the story aloud and simply invent dialog as you go.  Bonus: By skipping this one, you'll avoid the inexplicable plotting unique to this version as well, unless you like movies full of scenes that make you go, "Huh?"  AVOID!

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (2003) - It's hard to call this animation.  It's more like a motion comic with the Ken Burns effect and other techniques applied (think Ralph Bakshi as well as a lot of stretching, etc.) in order to make the images more dynamic.  Unfortunately, they're just black and white sketches in a vaguely Mark/Vaughn Bode-style (minus the sexuality), and not very good ones at that, but it speaks volumes about Lovecraft's appeal that a crew would dedicate thousands of hours of labor in adapting a lesser-known work even this far.  As I watched it, I thought that a graphic novel would have been a better approach, were it not for the wordiness of the source material.  As it turned out, the artwork originated as a graphic novel adaptation.  Admittedly, this novella is one of my least favorites of Lovecraft's works, and coupled with the length, it's an even bigger waste of time as far as I'm concerned.  If you love this story and the Dream Lands in general, maybe you'll get something out of it, but I'd simply describe it as a faithful adaptation of an uninteresting work.

The Dunwich Horror (1970) - An adaptation of the story that is recognizable as such, sure, but everything is sort of shifted as though this is a parallel universe.  For example, the house is a beautiful mansion decorated by the Addams Family (at least it is on the inside; it inexplicably looks like a large rustic home from the outside).  Old Man Whatley is a reluctant participant in all this.  Lavinia is still crazy, but she's locked away in an asylum from from the house.  And Wilbur (played by Dean Stockwell) is calm, cool, and charismatic.  Even though it's not really the Wilbur from the pages, I have to admit that Stockwell did a great job with the character here.  However, the film just drags on with no mystery about what it's leading toward.  There's very little from the story that works here, such as the "horror" wreaking havoc on the countryside.  And stylistically, there's also some very unfortunate things that ground this in the late '60s: everything from the styles to the psychedelic visual effects.  That and an expanded subplot combined to make one IMDb commenter describe the film better than I could in all these words as: Rosemary's Baby meets Woodstock meets Godspell!

The Dunwich Horror (TV Movie) (2009) - A fairly poor and largely superficial adaptation of the story of the same name.  I mean, plenty of the pieces are there, but there's so much that just isn't delivered effectively.  Sure, there are minor improvements such as re-imagining Prof. Armitage and crew as a kind of modern ghost-busters (one of whom is his attractive protege, of course), but that's sort of standard for any updating, especially in the comics.  What's really disappointing is how poorly the Whateleys are realized.  Old Man Whateley gets almost no screentime.  Wilbur is merely ugly, not freakish in any of the ways detailed in the story (but played by Lovecraftian regular Jeffrey Combs who doesn't have room to do much with the part).  And while Lavinia's role is dramatically expanded, she really just comes across as a cackling mad woman rather than her original depiction as the pathetic likely-victim of incest and pawn in machinations larger than her backward mind could comprehend.  Oh, and the climax is anything but, which is astounding considering how cinematic the final arc of the story is in print!

Die Farbe (aka The Color Out of Space)
(2010) - Unfortunately, the only copy of this I've seen was in German (as only a little dialog is in English) without subtitles, so some of the film was certainly lost on me.  However, in spite of the film changing the story's setting to immediately post-WWII Germany, it appears to follow the events of the source material closely enough, albeit with some added scenes and an extra layer involving WWII soldiers (plus it's mostly delivered as flashbacks from a narrator).  It's primarily in B&W, which might seem an ironic choice given the subject, but actually the filmmakers do bring otherworldly color into things later which the B&W helps make more effective.  The relatively primitive CGI doesn't help much with the suspension of disbelief though.  Though this movie is somewhat better on a technical level and devotes a lot of energy to achieving atmosphere, the latter is at the expense of making a good adaptation of a story documenting the descent of a family.  If you want to see this story dramatized, "The Curse" (above) remains the best retelling of HPL's favorite story.

From Beyond (1986, Director's Cut) - Stuart Gordon's next (and perhaps next-best) Lovecraft adaptation following Re-Animator (and again featuring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton).  It's faithful to the premise of the story of the same name, then takes it a bit further, which makes sense considering how short the story is.  It's enjoyable and a bit over the top, but might have benefited from more humor (which is what made Re-Animator so successful).  It's famously filled with sex and gore which in reality don't even begin to approach the reputation the film has acquired, presumably from stories about its MPAA-mandated cuts.  The special effects are reminiscent of The Thing (see below), but I felt like they simply weren't as imaginatively employed.  Very good, just not great.

The Haunted Palace (1963) - Based on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," this is actually a fairly faithful adaptation.  Of note is that it is the first time HPL was adapted to film!  With so many other Roger Corman "adaptations" (mainly the Poe stories) bearing little resemblance to their nominal source material, I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since there's also a tenuous Poe connection here in that the movie was marketed as an adaptation of a Poe poem, though it's never specified which!  It also borrows shots from The Raven (1963).  The film wisely plays out the Curwen/Ward story in chronological order rather than through flashbacks in a detective story (Note: The Ressurected does the detective story really well, but that doesn't seem like something Corman would be good at).  My biggest criticism is the time wasted on footage of actors wandering about the sets in search of something.  The sets are lovely, sure, but there's a lot more story that could have been explored in place of those many wasted minutes.  As a result, while many of the pieces of HPL's story are present, they're overly simplified.  Still, Corman deserves credit for introducing Lovecraft to cinema without deviating too far from the original story.

Lurking Fear (1994) - It bears little resemblance to the original story other than the presence of the obligatory creatures.  Instead we have the From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) idea of pitting a supernatural threat against forcibly-paired groups of hostages and criminals.  That does serve to improve the dynamics here, but it's just hokey.  There's plenty of action, but most of it is inexplicable.  The creatures really don't seem all that threatening, and the "family" connection is only tossed in at the end as an afterthought, completely failing to believably connect to anything else in the film (even when explicitly stated).  The film is campy in the way all Full Moon features were, just not witty with the exception of Jeffrey Combs' performance (Yes, of course Jeffrey Combs is in it!).  Also features Ashley Laurence who was in the good Hellraiser movies (1987, 1988) as well as some other Hellraiser movies (1992, 2002), only here she's a surprisingly credible action hero rather than a damsel in distress!

Monster of Terror (aka Die, Monster, Die!) (1965) - Claims to be an adaptation of "The Colour Out Of Space," but there are plenty elements modified from "The Dunwich Horror," that other Lovecraft story to feature a rural and dysfunctional (to put it mildly) family.  For example, rather than it centering on Nahum Gardner as in "Colour," the central family are the Witleys (no, not Whatleys), although the patriarch is still named Nahum.  His wife is named Letitia, which sounds suspiciously like Lavinia.  There is also passing mention of a son who was the tragic victim of failed efforts in the dark arts, just as Wilbur was in "Dunwich."  Other name-dropping includes an "Arkham" train station and the protagonist flipping through a large tome titled "Cult of the Outer Ones," even though the later belongs more to "Whisperer in Darkness."  But not even Boris Karloff can save this one.  It isn't even clear what monster is referenced in the titles!  The sci-fi angle gets lip service, but it's basically a British horror movie, only with an excess of inexplicable decisions on the part of every character.  Crimson Cult (above) is a better choice if you are forced to choose between a bad movie and a worse one.  AVOID!

Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993) - Anthology film with a somewhat campy feel (think Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)) containing adaptations of three stories: "The Rats in the Walls," "Cool Air," and "The Whisperer in Darkness," all tied together using a bookend thread in which Lovecraft (played by Jeffrey Combs, naturally, though he's unrecognizable under prosthetics that make him look like neither Combs nor HPL) seeks out the "real" Necronomicon.  It's unfortunate because the first and last stories really have sufficient substance to stand on their own as feature films (Cool Air, though a good story, is a little more one-note).  "Rats" is well-done here, but it's a completely different story than the source material; more like Poe's "Ligeia" meets Poltergeist set in an old seaside hotel, thus you get touches of "Call of Cthulhu" and "Innsmouth" that were never present in the original.  "Cool Air" follows the story more closely (albeit with additional threads) before ending with a twist beyond the original.  However, "Whisperer in Darkness" is barely recognizable as such.  To be fair, none of the segments purport to be adaptations; they're all retitled as new stories, so it isn't really a negative criticism, just a comment to say that they differ to varying degrees from Lovecraft's works.  I was impressed with the new directions these pieces went; I just wish there were actual, faithful adaptations of more of HPL's stories in addition to the many re-workings.  Regardless, the film is very watchable, and the effects are good for the pre-CGI era, with a good cast throughout.  RECOMMENDED!

Prometheus (2012) - Although the setting, characters, etc. are completely different, this could quite reasonably be viewed as an adaptation of "At the Mountains of Madness."  The premise is almost identical: An expedition is undertaken to a distant and inhospitable place where ancient history is uncovered dating from before mankind, hinting at his origins, alien in nature (i.e., not from Earth, only visiting it for a time), and with a penchant for developing organisms though mutations.  It has been suggested that part of why Guillermo del Toro abandoned (or at least tabled) his proposed adaptation of "AtMoM" around this time was that it would have replicated a story just told on the big screen.  Granted, there were other problems with his adaptation as well (e.g., securing financing), but this point has merit.  Note that while the standard theatrical cut of Prometheus is problematic (i.e., reportedly the primary concern in the editing phase was the pacing; the story suffers as a result), there is a bootleg cut that incorporates the deleted scenes.  That bootleg was the first version of the film I saw, and it makes a considerable improvement over the theatrical version!  Please view that instead of the justly derided cut that movie-goers unfortunately saw on the big screen.  RECOMMENDED!

Pulse Pounders/The Evil Clergyman (1988/2012) - It's actually a sort-of-sequel to the Trancers series and something of an anthology movie, much like the earlier The Dungeon Master (1984), also produced by Charles Band and Empire Pictures (In fact, one of the segments of this one was supposed to be a mini-sequel to tDM).  Unfortunately, the film was apparently never completed and never released due to the financial collapse of Empire.  It was kind of a holy-grail of Lovecraft adaptations though because one of the segments was based on the story "The Evil Clergyman" and featured Lovecraft-adaptation regulars Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, David Warner, and David Gale!  It wasn't until two decades after the fact that a VHS workprint was found, cleaned up (as best they could), and the "Evil Clergyman" segment was released on its own.  It's a little melodramatic (especially the soundtrack) and the material is stretched too thin for 29 minutes, but the entire cast is very capable and make this very entertaining, especially the late David Gale who is unexpectedly hilarious.

The Ressurected (aka Shatterbrain) (1991) - A fairly effective and faithful adaptation of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" directed by Lovecraft fan Dan O'Bannon (who also worked on Hemoglobin (1997) and Lifeforce (1985), the latter of which has an indirect Lovecraft connection).  Chris Sarandon plays the title character perfectly and is one of several highlights of this film.  Additionally, though the special effects are at times sub-par for even 1991, some of the depictions of the creatures/creations are actually really well-done.  What was written as a tale of mystery is treated as a literal detective story by replacing the father and doctor characters with a wife and private investigator, respectively.  The movie handles some potentially confusing material in this really well, and it also is much more exciting than the mass of supporting details that clutter the original story, so it's extremely unfortunate O'Bannon didn't adapt other Lovecraft works.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

The Re-Animator Trilogy:
Re-Animator (1985) - This somewhat loose adaptation of "Herbert West, Re-Animator" is honestly among the best of the genre.  It is superbly directed, has a great cast (featuring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton), and is as funny as Loveraft never was!  It follows the story of the original (in part) but is wildly original in its humorous approach.  I could go on at length, but I really don't need to spoil a film I very much hope everyone (even non-Lovecraft fans) will see.  Director Stuart Gordon is at his best here.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Bride of Re-Animator (1989) - Very fun, and while it touches on what worked the first time around, again with Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West, it lacks the charm and ingenuity of the original film.  This installment adds nothing to the original, but I can't discount it entirely; it's just more of the same minus the originality.

Beyond Re-Animator (2003) - Jeffrey Combs is back as Herbert West!  It's impossible to recreate the magic that made the first movie work (unless we're talking about The Empire Strikes Back), but you can at least develop a story in new directions.  This sequel doesn't try anything radical, but it does venture forward with more subplots this time around.  RECOMMENDED!

Screamers (aka Island of the Fishermen) (1979) - Supposedly based on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," although the credits themselves don't state this (an IMDb user added it).  However, the only connection is the presence of fish people and treasure from a lost civilization.  After that there are elements lifted from The Island of Dr. Moreau and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the fish people are simply low-budget Creatures from the Black Lagoon, the stated origins of which are ridiculous and not related to the HPL story.  The whole thing takes place on an uncharted island with the protagonist being a doctor with a bunch of shipwrecked convicts, so we lose the whole Innsmouth premise that made Lovecraft's story work so well.  Instead this movie goes completely off the rails in its third act, no rhyme or reason for most of what's happening other than to accelerate all the elements to their end.  The movie isn't terrible (although it does drag a lot until that bizarre and even laughable climax that results in an end that actually is terrible), but it isn't ever good or original.  (Note: This is not to be confused with the movie of the same name --but made in 1995-- based on the Philip K. Dick short story "The Second Variety.")

The Shunned House (2003) - Uses a unifying story to adapt "Dreams in the Witch House," "The Shunned House," and "The Music of Erich Zann" as three portions of a larger story about a haunted house that has stood for many years.  If there's anything interesting about this film, it's the way the stories are interwoven rather than each served up singly as in most anthology films such as Necronomicon (1993) or Dunwich Horror and Other Stories (2007).  Normally an anthology is done using a wrap-around piece, but here they're threaded through one another for the duration of the film.  Sadly, much of the acting is poor, and not just because its all-Italian cast working in English (except for the mute Erich Zann, of course, who interestingly is a woman in this adaptation!).  The artificially ample cleavage from one of the female leads does not sufficiently distract from her inability to deliver lines in a believable manner.  Unfortunately, everything is overshadowed by the fact that these aren't very faithful adaptations of the original stories so that it's really just a jumbled mess of bits lifted from Lovecraft (such as the house having non-Euclidean qualities) and lots of gore out of '80s slasher flicks.

The Shuttered Room (aka Blood Island) (1967) - Based on the story of the name name by August Derleth (with HPL credited as a collaborator, although that's disputed).  It soon gets into the cliche (found in many Lovecraftian adaptations) of the reluctant and provincial locals who shun the protagonists.  It plays better here than in most films at least.  Ironically, the Lovecraft connections in the original story (specifically to "Shadow Over Innsmouth" and "The Dunwich Horror") aren't made, other than the presence of characters named Whatley.  Whether in spite or because of the absence of these elements, the film plays convincingly, but there just isn't enough story to stretch more than perhaps 50 minutes.  There is noticeably a lot of filler of people traveling, getting in and out of cars, etc. that simply isn't necessary even for establishing settings, atmosphere, or building suspense.  There's also a very out-of-place jazz soundtrack that doesn't work with the material at all, particularly the jubilant pieces where the scene is meant to evoke terror or was intended to be somber in tone.  In spite of the many problems, it's very effective as a whole thanks to good direction and a competent cast, but it's best watched with your finger hovering on the FFwd button.

The Thing on the Doorstep (2015) - Frustratingly poor line-readings.  Nothing especially awful, just the classic commenting on every gesture and the flat, staccato delivery you get from amateurs who are still too bogged down with getting the text right that they can't carry off the delivery naturalistically.  Also absent is the appropriate sense of mystery and foreboding to get the story right.  There's an over-reliance on first-person narration that doesn't let the viewer wander casually into the situation.  There isn't much of a soundtrack to create atmosphere, although the camera effects (i.e., overly-saturated colors like unbleached film but with a haze on top) are used throughout instead of judiciously.  A lot of things are a little too over-the-top like that: the "haunted" house and other locations, the cliche of the manual typewritter even though it's set in modern times (and the walls covered with type-written pages for no reason), etc.  It's by a first-time director with the screenplay by a first-time screenwriter who also acts for the first time in the all-important role of Asenath!  Halfway through it takes a bizarre turn into Innsmouth that never draws any content sufficiently from that story to justify referencing it repeatedly.  There's also a name-drop of "whispers in the dark," just for fun.  I don't want to say it's awful, but there isn't enough to make it work as a full-length adaptation.

The Unnameable (1988) - Basically just acts as a simple haunted house story with Lovecraft elements thrown in, mainly as name-dropping.  The most salient observation one comes away with is the incongruous mixture of comic tone and horror.  Of course, this film comes on the heels of the influential Re-Animator (1985) and the less remarkable House (1986) which put comedy at the fore.  Here it just doesn't work, and the two emotions cancel one another out.  We're left wondering if we're really supposed to be scared since the protagonists apparently have time to clown around while their friends are literally eaten alive within earshot!

The Unnameable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1992) - The sequel picks up right where the previous film left off.  However, there's a distinct change in tone.  Rather than the horror/comedy of the previous installment, this one feels more like an adventure movie along the lines of, say, The Goonies.  It actually is an overall better effort, but it comes up short on horror.  And in spite of the title being lifted from two Lovecraft works, its only real connections to any source material are copious references to the Necronomicon with some Cthulhu talk thrown in.

The Whisperer in Darkness (2007) - I went into it feeling like it was overly amateurish, but it grew on me.  It's far from refined, but the filmmakers do their best to fill out what could have been a sparse production.  This is by no means on par with the 2011 version of the film (see below), which is superior in every way, but it isn't downright terrible.  That said, there are plenty of gaffes I can't believe made the final cut: moments where the music ends before the scene does, transitional shots that run longer than scenes in a properly-edited film, CGI of lower quality than most pre-vis renderings, and so on.  There's plenty to remark upon about the acting as well: "commenting" performances, line readings that sound like rehearsals at best or cold-readings at worst.  Still, the story gets told without excessive embellishment or the introduction of new elements to distract from the source material.

The Whisperer in Darkness (2011) - Another B&W/stylized adaptation similar to "Call of Cthulhu" (above; also by the HP Lovecraft Historical Society), but this is more in the style of a '30s Universal monster movie, albeit with more sophistication, of course.  Other than some additions, it's very faithful to the original story with the necessary exception of having to invent dialog where Lovecraft penned none.  There a few explanatory scenes, plus a new character who serves as a foil for the protagonist at times (and creates a little dramatic tension).  Unfortunately, this is one of the slowest of Lovecraft's works, so it is very tedious to watch if you aren't already a fan.  Further, I always found this story the most problematic of all of Lovecraft's (e.g., these are monsters capable of interstellar travel and manipulating disembodied brains, yet they steal humans' mail?  Seriously?!), so it is difficult to enjoy without being distracted by inconsistencies.

Inspired by...

These films are not direct adaptations of any single work, but they are influenced to some degree by Lovecraft's style and signature elements common to many of his best and most well-known stories: features such as cultists, monsters, subterranean explorations, and, of course, investigators in any form.  This includes instances where characters have made appearances in media, parodies, etc. as
well as some cases where there's nothing more than name-dropping from Lovecraftian literature.
Adventure Time (2010, tv series) - There are a number of Lovecraftian elements to this series (e.g., tentacled monsters, forgotten caverns, and ancient tomes abound), although it could be argued that they're maybe the 2nd generation of influence at the very least, since the series has a very D&D feel to it (i.e., that game itself being a Lovecraftian product, so I figure this show is influenced by Lovecraft's influence).  However, the name "Marceline" is given to one of the major characters on the show and also happens to belong to one of the very rare female characters to feature prominently in a Lovecraft story ("Medusa's Coils" with Zealia Bishop).  I suspect the name came out of Lovecraft first, prompting the whimsical desigation of "the Vampire Queen" after the fact.  (Indeed, her backstory increasingly contradicts her original depiction, suggesting the sequence began as just a name suggested by Lovecraft, followed by the rhymed title, and the stories about her came later.)  RECOMMENDED!

The Beyond (1981) - The only HPL reference is the presence of The Book of Eibon which, though it appears in a number of Lovecraft stories, was actually an invention of Clark Ashton Smith.  Otherwise this is another of those very Italian horror films in which imagery is far, far more important than plot.  This is one of the more coherent films (I mean, I could summarize the plot; you can't do that with many of these), yet it's still chock full of unrelated but beautifully-filmed gore by Lucio Fulci, the so-called "godfather of gore."
Call Girl of Cthulhu (2014) - Lots of Easter eggs throughout, particularly the characters' names, but there are even a few cute references and other gags, my favorite being the "Deep Ones" brand condoms, but be alert for others (e.g., Erica Zann's t-shirt later in the film, a commercial playing prominently on the tv in the background; the credits include a long listing).  Unfortunately, the plot doesn't draw much from HPL's works, so it's more name-dropping than an actually Lovecraftian piece.  That's a shame because there's a blatant rip-off of Walking Dead's Michone, so why not rip off Lovecraft himself?  Overall, the film looks very low-budget and there's an amateurish feel to it, but I have to admit that the material is well put together in places.  Doesn't really result in a satisfying film though.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012) - The protagonists are manipulated in an attempt to keep ancient gods who once ruled the Earth from rising again.  It's famously meta in that it touches upon tropes from throughout the history of the horror genre.  Not much Lovecraftian stuff though other than the core detail, but very entertaining.  RECOMMENDED!

Cast A Deadly Spell (1991) - A noir detective story set in an alternate version of the late '40s where everyone uses magic.  A stolen copy of the Necronomicon serves as the MacGuffin, and the detective is named Lovecraft, though he's a Sam Spade archetype, not based on the author in any way.  However, there are also references to Cthulhu and Yog Sothoth, among other Old Ones.  The climax is impressive, I'll say without spoilers.  The film is followed by a sequel, Witch Hunt (below), which shares the same writer but has an almost entirely new cast, even though there are returning characters.  This film is somewhat darker than the much more tongue-in-cheek sequel.  I can't decide which is the more appropriate tone for the material.  This one uses an arguably less effective cast more effectively and treats the material authentically whereas the sequel squanders a potentially good cast and plays up the cartoonish nature of the premise.  In my opinion, this one is just plain better, even with its handicaps.  More info here.  RECOMMENDED!

City of the Living Dead (aka Gates of Hell) (1980) - Part of the story is set in modern-day Dunwich, and there are some tunnels under a graveyard, but that's about as direct a connection to anything you'll find in a Lovecraft story.  There's an evil clergyman too, although I still don't know how he fits into all this.  To be fair, I enjoyed this one, but it's very, uh, Italian... also by Lucio Fulci.

Cloverfield (2008) - An interesting and well-made movie, but the Lovecraftian elements are limited to the presence of a giant monster and the cosmic horror of knowing the universe doesn't care if you're having a party at your apartment; it's going to throw something out of the sky at you.  RECOMMENDED!

Cthulhu Mansion (1990) - Among the worst acting you've ever seen in any movie, I'm pretty sure.  It's pretty awful across the board, but the biggest sin is the lie that it's "based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft."  Bullshit.  Other than name-dropping Cthulhu in several places, there's literally nothing Lovecraftian about this.  Even the ancient tome that could have been the Necronomicon isn't called that.  It just says "Cthulhu."  Seriously, it's that bad.  AVOID!

Dark Waters (1993) - While there are no obvious connections to any single Lovecraft story, this is widely regarded (well, among the few who have actually seen it) as a Lovecraft film.  This is actually a fairly well-made movie, but it suffers from a lack of material.  There just isn't enough of a script to sustain its 92 minute running-time, so there are lengthy sections with absolutely no dialog or story developments, just loads of atmospheric shots.  Good-looking, well-acted, but vacuous, even with an unexpectedly good ending.  You can (and I did) literally watch this in FFwd.  In spite of that, I would actually recommend it (but not highly), though the viewing will try your patience.  More about the film (from a Lovecraftian angle) here: http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/blog/column-cthulhu-eats-the-movies-dark-waters-temnye-vody/

The Evil Dead (1981) - Features a dangerous tome called the Necronomicon, although there's nothing from Lovecraft's work mentioned.  The film is self-aware without being overtly meta, making it exciting and fun.  Regarded as a horror classic, though it isn't one of my favorites.

The Fog (1980) - An enjoyable enough movie, although I wouldn't describe it as Lovecraftian in any way.  However, there's a moment where a voice on the radio mentions "a sweep south of Waitely Point and Arkham Reef."  The director, John Carpenter, is famously an HPL fan.  There are quite a few other non-Lovecraft references throughout (see the IMDb trivia), so Carpenter was obviously having a lot of fun doing this sort of thing.

Forever Evil (1987, Director's Cut) - Most of the actors were only in this production.  The director made only one movie before and none since this one.  It's completely amateur hour (or two grueling hours, actually).  It's another case where nearly every action (and reaction!) on the part of the characters is inexplicable.  Just discovered your friend's dead body?  Let's stand around and stare at it, then leisurely grab your coat and drive away.  Don't act shocked, call the police, or respond in any way that makes any sense in the spectrum of normal human reactions.  The only Lovecraft connection is some name-dropping.  The investigators find a box of old/mystical books: the Necronomicon, "The Gate of the Key" by C.D. Ward, "Lost Gods," and "The Chronicles of Yog Kothag."  That's it.  The plot isn't from any HPL story nor are any characters.  At times it's adventurous, but the uneven tone makes it feel like self-parody when it occasionally goes a little wonky.  AVOID!

The Gate (1987) - There are several references to "the Old Gods," but all we ever get are diminutive demon orcs (or something).  The kids also frequently refer to The Dark Book which serves as what would have been called the Necronomicon in any other movie, so either the filmmakers avoided that cliche or weren't aware of it.  The most interesting thing about the movie is that it is one of several films from this era that were mined to create "Stranger Things" (e.g., the opening shot is a boy in a red sweatshirt on a bike (itself an image lifted from "E.T."), pre-teen kids playing in the basement while the older sister runs around with the cool teen kids, monster pushing through the walls, kids researching the supernatural through pop culture sources... rock albums in this case rather than D&D monster manuals, etc.).  It's not very good except for nostalgia.  Note that there's also a sequel, but it has barely any connection to the original and no Lovecraftian elements at all.

Ghostbusters (tv cartoon) - Three episodes of the animated spin-off series ("The Collect Call of Cathulhu", "The Hole in the Wall Gang" and "Russian About") are inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos.

The Halfway House (2004) - A genuinely self-aware B-movie that takes place in the titular halfway house run by the church.  Speaking of titular, there are a lot of those as well.  It's basically a women's prison movie with all the tropes (shower scene, catfights, lesbians, etc.).  Mary Woronov (from classics like Eating Raoul and Death Race 2000!) has a supporting role as a nun.  Of course there's a Cthulhu-esque monster in the basement and they even briefly mention Arkham, Miskatonic U., the Necronomicon, and the Old Ones.  The creepy janitor is named Charles Dexter.  HPL would have been appalled, but I was entertained.

The Horror of H.P. Lovecraft (aka LovecraCked! The Movie") (2006) - A collection of nine very short films (occasionally) based on Lovecraft's works, though usually not.  They range from bad to "Someone took the time to make this?", and the whole project is brought down still lower by the recurring "gag" of a failed journalist who keeps interrupting the segments for pathetic over-the-top one-man sketches.  Many of the short films seem pointless or feel like excerpts from something that had a conclusion (because the segment itself certainly doesn't).  Frankly, it was awful.  AVOID!

The House by the Cemetery (1981) - Another of the three on here by Lucio Fulci.  This one is much more of a conventional "haunted house story" than the others.  The Lovecraft influence is very slight other than it being set in an old New England house, albeit one in the countryside.  However, at the risk of spoiling it, the story could be viewed as a version of "The Outsider."  Another reviewer thought it was taken in part from "The Survivor" by Lovecraft/Derleth.  I think we're all probably reaching with this one.  Still, if you want to have some fun with it, there's a good analysis of it here: http://www.braineater.com/fulci/hbtc.htmli.  Personally, I didn't think this one was especially entertaining or clever up until near the very end.  It's worth it for that, but only if you spend a lot of the first 80 minutes in FFwd.

Hellboy (2004) - Written/directed by Lovecraft fan Guillermo del Toro and adapted from comics by Mike Mignola (artist on "The Doom that Came to Gotham"), you can expect quite a few connections.  For example, there's a quote at the beginning of the film supposedly from De Vermis Mysteriis.  The IMDb summarizes more: "Much of the demonology in the film is inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos developed by H.P. Lovecraft, a horror writer in the 1930s. The Sammael creatures have characteristics of both Nyarlathotep and Cthulhu. Elder gods, many eyed and tentacled, sleeping at the edge of the universe, are a staple of his books."  I'd quibble with that description, but it covers what I would say.  Regardless, it's a very enjoyable movie that works on just about every level.  RECOMMENDED!

Humanoids from the Deep (1980) - This is considered by some to be a loose adaptation of "Shadow Over Innsmouth," but it really doesn't have anything in common with the story other than being set in a community by the sea and featuring mutant mer-people who attack from the outside rather than coming from the community itself.  It's great B-movie trash though, produced by Roger Corman and sprinkled with several gratuitous helpings of tits.

In the Mouth of Madness (1994) - The last entry in John Carpenter's HPL-influenced apocalypse trilogy of independent stories.  This time it's about the search for fictional author Sutter Cane.  Many see him as standing in for HPL, but it's more subtle than that.  The character himself bears little resemblance (i.e., confident, out-going with wild eyes, etc.).  Instead, it's strictly his works that allude to Lovecraft's, with titles like "Haunter Out of Time," "The Hobb's End Horror" (which sounds a bit like "The Horror at Red Hook"), and "The Whisperer in the Dark."  Some promotional material features a dark creature with tentacles coming from its mouth, so it's vaguely Cthulhu-ish in a way.  Only a few occasions lines are read from Sutter Cane's books, and that text is lifted in each instance from various Lovecraft stories.  The characters also stay for a time at the Pickman Hotel.  In spite of all the name-dropping, most of the film's actual story itself isn't from HPL.  It ranges from cliche imagery and archetypes like bloody axes, inverted crosses, and old ladies killing their husbands, to a larger "end times" story.  Personally, I would have liked to have seen the main plotline draw as explicitly as possible from Lovecraft (since so much else alludes to him and his works), but it's a good story just the same.  In fact, I have few complaints about it overall except that it's a little too short toward the end.  When the action starts to climax, it's all off-screen, primarily due to budgetary concerns.  That's a shame, because the build-up feels like a tease.  There's a great ending, but it would have played even better had there been more investment in what brought the main character there.  Still, it's one of the best films on this list.  RECOMMENDED!

In Search of Lovecraft (2008) - This is sometimes mistakenly categorized as a documentary by people who haven't bothered to watch it.  Actually, it's somewhat inspired by the Blair Witch Project approach of building a film around the making of a documentary film, with the added faux domestic cinema verite of Paranormal Activity, only it is badly hampered by astoundingly poor acting and an inability to channel motivation (e.g., characters are ridiculously cloying for attention or overly cynical for no real reason).  Unwatchable.  AVOID!

Johnny Quest (1964) - Episode 20: "The Invisible Monster" has many parallels with "The Dunwich Horror."  As the title suggests an invisible monster is the central antagonist.  It ambles through the countryside destroying everything in its path.  The heroes manage to make it visible and destroy it in the climax of the story.  Of course, it's science rather than magic that is responsible for both the creation and destruction of the monster, but the course of the story follows the latter half of "Dunwich" so closely that it's hard to believe the writers weren't aware of the latter.

The Last Lovecraft (2009) - Ever wonder what it would be like if Kevin Smith made a movie about Jay and Silent Bob taking on Cthulhu cultists and some Deeps Ones?  Okay, now imagine you look away Smith's trademark penchant for witty pop culture references.  Still want to watch it?  Probably not.  There's a certain charm about the film, but it comes up short: Too few Lovecraft references (i.e., nothing deeper than the few I already mentioned), too thin a script to stretch into even 90 minutes, and too little entertainment from the adaptation of so much unmined source material and a century of cinematic innovations from which more imaginative filmmakers would have drawn!  Given that they have a decent premise sitting on top of that powderkeg of potential, it's all the more disappointing that this was such a squandered opportunity.

The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963) - Though this is described as "Lovecraftian," the only parallels between it and any HPL story might be with "From Beyond," although even that's a stretch in every way.  That said, it's actually a good story built around a premise that might just as easily have been used in silly ways.  Some of those do, in fact, appear in the film, but a chief accomplishment is that they are played intelligently enough that we buy into them.  The abrupt ending hints at a rumored additional ending that is even creepier that what made it on film, but you'll have to check the IMDb for info about that after you watch the movie.

Pandorum (2009) - This sci-fi/action/horror film has been described as Lovecraftian by reviewers, although I came to it based on mention that it was based loosely on Frank Herbert's Pandora novels (aka WorShip series; his only other major series besides the Dune books).  Actually, it's not a terrible movie.  There's good production values and a lot of things going on in the screenplay, although there are plenty of scenes where the characters behave questionably (i.e., given the choice between something sensible that might advance the story and something dramatic like in-fighting with the only allies they have in a hostile environment, the script dictates that the character goes with the later).  As for the Lovecraftian elements, there's definitely something of "The Temple" (i.e., ship's crew going insane) and especially "The Lurking Fear" ...if it was a done as a "Resident Evil" film.  The action may be audience-pleasing, but it tends to push aside the story in favor of touching on elements of all the genres I mentioned at the start.  It's too busy trying to be everything to find a focus, but at least there's enough there to hold your interest.

Prince of Darkness (1987) - I'm not sure why this is considered a Lovecraft-influenced film.  The only direct connection is that one of the characters is named Danforth.  All else is a stretch.  That said, it's got a good premise that goes along nicely for the first half the movie, but it runs out of steam about that point.  From then on, it's just bad guys trying to get the good guys in scenes that go on way too long.  The plotting is completely gone, and the final confrontation, while interesting, really doesn't make much sense.  Worst of all, there's just no payoff.

Quatermass and the Pit (aka Five Million Years to Earth) (1967) - Nothing overtly Lovecraftian in this except in the loosest of connections, but I really enjoyed it for its emphasis on the science in sci-fi.  The whole first half the movie feels genuinely like the process of research and discovery.  Clues are gradually uncovered in a realistic series of investigation that feels devoid of artifice.  The biggest negative in all this is the desperate need to have a "bad guy" or at least a foil in the unimaginative military man who is written so extreme that he surpasses self-parody to the point of annoyance.  The finale dissolves into cinema without substance with brute force being the only way to solve anything after a purely intellectual thrust in the first half.

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) - One of the most influential zombie flicks.  This one changed the zombie narrative from the Romero series.  Up to this point, cinematic zombies had either a supernatural origin or (in the case of the Romero films) an ambiguous origin which was left up to the viewer to fill in.  However, this tale provides a chemical origin, much like Lovecraft's "Herbert West-Reanimator" (and note that this film opened just a couple months before Stuart Gordon's Reanimator!).  The mad scientist elements are absent, but the madness of the re-animated deceased and the medical setting (i.e., the supply house) come straight from that story.  In particular, the scene with the near-mindless re-animated cadaver from the freezer plays like a slapstick version of West's troubles.  Screenwriter and director Dan O'Bannon was a huge HPL fan (see him elsewhere on this list), so even though it's not right there on the surface, there is definitely a Lovecraft vibe to this actually very, very entertaining film.

The Rift (1990) - Another one of the "monster at the bottom of the ocean" movies in which a crew hops aboard a sub and finds all sorts of weirdness.  This was the last of a series of these in rapid succession that included The Abyss (1989), DeepStar Six (1989), and Leviathan (1989).  (Also Lords of the Deep (1989) and The Evil Below (1989) apparently fit that description, but I haven't seen those yet.)  Sadly, this is both the most Lovecraftian and the worst of the lot, even though one would hope those qualities would be mutually exclusive.  It aspires to be much more than the B-movie it ultimately became (sometimes laughable so), but there's so much wrong with it that it's no surprise that it's by the same director as the much different (but possible worse) "Cthulhu Mansion" (see above).  The first half is a boring and conventional submarine trip.  By the time things get interesting, it's so rushed that the better elements of the story never get the treatment they deserve.  There's nothing explicitly from a Lovecraft story (although obviously you could draw parallels with "The Temple"), but it's interesting to note that Colin Wilson wrote what must have been the earliest draft of the script (It was set in outer space, not under the ocean), so there's an additional if indirect connection to HPL on top of the story itself.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated - Two episodes feature a character named H.P. Hatecraft, a horror writer based on Lovecraft: The Shrieking Madness (2010) and Pawn of Shadow (2011).  The first of these also features a monster from "Hatecraft's" books, based loosely on creatures in Lovecraft's works.  Incidentally, Jeffrey Combs voices Hatecraft because of course he would.

The Sea Beast (aka Troglodyte) (2008) - A tv movie not specifically based on the plot of any particular Lovecraft story, but the titular creature(s) are based on the usual depictions of the Deep Ones... except that it can turn invisible right out of Predator and spits poison like a dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park.  For the most part the acting is poor (the exception being the obligatory female scientist who gives a competent performance), but it's especially hindered by the awkwardness of attempting to give life to awkward lines of dialog in awkward scenes that don't really feel right.  The only thing worse is that the CGI creatures are rendered using software that must date from the first season of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.  The plot is cobbled together out of familiar scenes from Jaws with all the threadbare cliches about people not believing in the monster even after its existence is independently verified by multiple witnesses.  No explanation why a town is suddenly overrun with heretofore unknown creatures and an unconvincing ending all leave you wondering why you wasted time with this one.  AVOID!

The Sect (aka Demons IV, although it's not really a sequel to anything, aka La Setta, aka The Devil's Daughter) (1991) - It would be a stretch to find Lovecraftian connections in this.  I mean, there some things like secret underground tunnels, but not in a Lovecraftian way.  The only explicit reference to any of his works is that a cultist says something about the "great black goat of the woods" during a ritual.  It's more of a Argento movie than a Lovecraft one.  Dario Argento wrote it, and though he didn't direct it, it's got his signature monochromatic light painting all over it (i.e., whole scenes lit in one color), plus there's that impressionistic style of absurd cuts from one scene to something unrelated that keeps the audience off-guard.  It isn't bad, but I don't recommend it.  I enjoyed it because it was a little all over the place, and I like not knowing where things are going, but I understand that's not everyone's preference.

South Park [episodes 14-11 through 14-14] - Cthulhu arises as a result of BP drilling gone awry.  The depiction of Cthulhu is actually pretty good.  The story itself (in three parts) is, among other things, a parody of the disastrous BP oil spill and the surrounding debacle of mismanagement and inept attempts to cap the leak.  It's filled with social commentary and jokes, but there's no connection to any of Lovecraft's works besides the presence of that one character.

Stranger Things (2016) - This series is worth watching for so many reasons already (e.g., amazing retro-synth soundtrack, copious '80s film references plus D&D, likeable characters with cross-generational appeal, and a great cast/story/direction), but there are definitely Lovecraftian elements to it as well.  For example, there's a parallel dimension that exists in the same space that's right out of "From Beyond" and a monster that could have appeared in any number of classic Lovecraft scenarios.  Besides that,
early editions of D&D drew explicitly from HPL if you want to get meta with it.  It's an enjoyable series regarless (Note: Only the first season is out as of this writing).  RECOMMENDED!

The Thing (1982) - Another film with clear influence from "At the Mountains of Madness," including being set in Antarctica, the alien antagonist, and the latter's shape-shifting abilities, although what's missing is the lost city and all the history of which it is a piece.  It's actually one of the best films on this list for a number of reasons, particularly its effects and the atmosphere of oppressive paranoia.  RECOMMENDED!

Transylvania Twist (1989) - This slapstick comedy is more broadly a horror parody, but it makes a few Lovecraft references.  For example, the beginning of the film is set in Arkham, the protagonist is named Dexter Ward, the MacGuffin is "the Book of Ulthar," etc.  It parodies a number of other horror films, everything from the gothic Universal monsters backdrop (i.e., castle occupied by a vampire, plus angry villagers) to a cameo by the Tall Man from Phantasm (played by Angus Scrimm even, and with the ball!), plus Jason, Freddy, and Leatherface.  The humor is corny, but there's no shortage of it.  The movie is actually packed tightly with one-liners, sight-gags, etc.

La herencia Valdemar (The Valdemar Legacy) (2010) - Mixes together several elements from Lovecraft as well as real/historical characters.  My assessment of the film is limited because I saw this Spanish film without subtitles, but I saw elements from "The Shuttered Room" (which technically is a Derleth-only story) and not much else.  There was also a Cthulhu head on "Spanish Christopher Lee"'s cane (Note: Not Paul Naschy; this guy actually looks like Christopher Lee.  However, Paul Naschy is in these films; his very last performance, in fact).

The Valdemar Legacy II: The Forbidden Shadow (2010) - Not a sequel; it's actually "Part 2" much like Kill Bill or the latter two Matrix movies in that it continues toward a resolution of the cliffhangers and larger story from the first film.  H.P. Lovecraft makes an appearance as well, played by Luis Zahera, who makes the most convincing depiction of him to date even though he's speaking Spanish!  They also mention the Necronomicon.  Cultists snack on "tarantulas of Innsmouth" (which is odd, tarantulas preferring deserts to seaside communities, after all!).  And I hate to provide spoilers, but no one will watch this otherwise: Cthulhu actually shows up, and he's fairly impressive (if a bit smaller than a steamship could plow through), though he's depicted as little more than a Minotaur rather than a cosmic entity.  Again, I can't properly assess these films because of the language barrier, but I was impressed with both.

Witch Hunt (1994) - The sequel to Cast A Deadly Spell (above).  Nothing Lovecraftian this time though, except that the lead character, a detective (now) played by Dennis Hopper, has the name "H. Phillip Lovecraft."  Still, it's entertaining.  The premise again revolves around an early '50s noir in an alternate universe where magic is commonplace.  Angelo Badalamenti does the soundtrack, just to add to the David Lynch feel, minus a great director's skill or willingness to take chances.  It's more cartoonish than the first outing, and maybe that works a bit better here because the mash-up is inherently absurd, but it's just poorly-directed.  A better filmmaker could have crafted a better product with the wealth of resources and opportunity here.

Also... I haven't seen any of these yet, so these titles serve as placeholders for full-length features that either adapt Lovecraft's stories directly or were influenced by his fiction.
The Beyond (1981) -
Chilean Gothic (2000) - Adaptation of "Pickman's Model."
Chill (short story "Cool Air") (2007) -
Colonizer (2015) -
Corpse-O-Rama (2001) -
Cthulhu (2000) -
The Horror of H.P. Lovecraft (2006) -
The Horror Vault 2 (2009) -
The Horror Vault 3 (2010) -
Insumasu o ouu Kage (1992) -
Kammaren (2007) -
The Music of Erica Zann (2002) -
Mystery of the Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1999) -
Pickman's Muse (inspired by "Haunter of the Dark") (2010) -
The Rats in the Walls (2006) -
Strange Aeons: The Thing on the Doorstep (2005) -
The Thing on the Doorstep (2003) -
Three Shadows (short story The Shuttered Room) (2010) -
The Tomb (2007) - No connection to the story even though it was promoted as "H.P. Lovecraft's The Tomb."
Tomb of Terror (2004) - Adaptation of "The Lurking Fear" in the segment "Infinite Evil."
Unknown Beyond (2001) -
The Whisperer in Darkness (2007) -


I'm lumping them all in here, whether faithful to source material or merely inspired/influenced by Lovecraft's works or even parodies.  My criteria for "short film" is anything under an hour.  Note that there are many amateur and student films turned out every year (owing to HPL's growing popularity in recent years), much faster than I can keep up, and many too obscure to even find their way into the IMDb.
13:de mars 1941 (2004) - Not a direct adaptation of anything, but it could be viewed as a take on "The Rats in the Walls" or perhaps a few other stories.  Done well, but there's very little to it.  In Swedish (or Finnish? or something in the neighborhood), but it's subtitled on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcBADBefsrY

Angry and Moist: An Undead Chronicle (2004) - An adaptation of "Re-animator," only it's about Norbert West, Herbert's half-brother.  I think it's supposed to be a comedy, but it isn't terribly effective.  Neither is the acting, which seems to be a group of high school or college kids.  There's a surprising attention to detail in the set dressings and use of multiple shots (as opposed to the tell-tale amateur trait of only getting one angle and one good take from each scene), but overall it just isn't any better than what you would expect from enthusiastic high schoolers with cameras.

Antiques Roadshow- Arkham, MA (2007) - A parody of an episode of Antiques Roadshow with appearances by characters and artifacts from Lovecraft's works.  It's amateurish and silly with over-the-top performances, but they knew the material well enough to make intelligent references that any real Lovecraft fan would appreciate.

Apocalypse Cthulhu (20??) - Only three minutes long, it's epic in scope and yet doesn't really demonstrate a whole lot more imagination than a Godzilla movie poster.

Between The Stars (1998) - According to the director, this is based on "a line in an unfinished story of H. P. Lovecraft's."  I'm not sure beyond that.  It's an interesting and well-made little film, though it doesn't feel especially Lovecraftian, just vague and artsy.

Beyond LovesaucE (2006) - Nutty sex parody of "From Beyond" with a Herbert West-styled protagonist and a script full of dialog and narration that sounds hilariously like the worst of Lovecraft's prose.

Black Goat (2011) - It's certainly Lovecraftian, but it isn't an adaptation of any actual story.  It's a very brief (6 minutes) about an encounter in the woods with something perhaps mentioned in the Necronomicon.  Very good, but not much to it.  RECOMMENDED!

Casting Call of Cthulhu (2008) - As the title suggests, it's comedy.  It's an audition by aspiring actors, most of whom have Lovecraftian qualities.  RECOMMENDED!

Cool Air (1999) - I pretty good adaptation of the story.  The difficult thing in adapting any of HPL's works is fleshing out the deficits, specifically: establishing scenes (rather than merely a sequence of events) and composing dialog, the latter of which is almost entirely absent in the source material.  This 45 minute adaptation handles those tasks very effectively without distracting from the point of the story.

The Curse of Yig (2011) - A fairly faithful adaptation of one the story.  It stands out as one of the few of Lovecraft's collaborative pieces to get any mention almost anywhere.  (These stories are almost always relegated to separate volumes rather than with the regular collections, even among those claiming to be the "complete fiction" or "complete stories.")  It looks better than most amateur films and is competently directed even if it isn't especially inventive.  Runs about 30 minutes, so you get the full story rather than the impressionist approach of many of the short films.

Dark Intruder (1965) - I couldn't find a good copy of this, and good luck to anyone who tries.  There are a couple bad digital files going around the net, but they're very glitchy.  I basically saw this as a series of stills with a working audio track.  It's a Victorian murder mystery with occasional Lovecraft references in the dialog such as Dagon and Azathoth and even Nyogtha another Cthulhu Mythos god invented by Henry Kuttner.  According to Wikipedia, "These references were no doubt introduced by producer Jack Laird who later introduced similar Lovecraftian references and episodes to the television series Rod Serling's Night Gallery, such as these episodes he scripted - "Pickman's Model" (based directly on the Lovecraft story of the same title) and "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture."  That's about the only connection to Lovecraft's works, although there's a little something in the plotting of "The Thing on the Doorstep" in there as well, though it's so indirect that it may be coincidental.  More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Intruder

The Deep Ones (2013) - Very short film (~5 mins) about a guy who is charged with feeding human victims to the Deep Ones.  By whom?  Why?  Never explained, nor do we even see any of the title creatures which, incidentally, must not be much like the Deep Ones in HPL's work if they can't catch their own prey.

The Deep End (2014) - Sequel to The Deep Ones (above, even though now we're out of alphabetical order).  Longer (~15 mins), more detailed story (if you can call it that), but still not very good.  You see the hand of one of the Deep Ones briefly which somewhat dispels the possible interpretation that the whole premise is based on delusion.

Dreams of Cthulhu: The Rough Magik Initiative (2000) - Not a short film exactly; more of a pilot.  Kind of an updating of "Call of Cthulhu" with a more psychological edge.  I'm not sure how this was going to expand into a full series, but there is, of course, a lot of the mythos beyond that most famous story.

H.P. Lovecraft's Dunwich Horror and Other Stories (2007) - Three short films made using miniatures, only in real-time (i.e., not via stop-motion or any other animation technique).  No subtitles, but quite amazing imagery that can be followed if you've read the stories.  "The Dunwich Horror" is certainly the centerpiece of the trio, and it does a great job of bringing the story to life on a level that would be hugely expensive for a live action film to do with the same ambition.  "The Picture in the House" is the weakest of the three, but then, so it the source material.  It's only this gimmick of transposing the story into a novel format that makes it watchable in this case.  Finally, "The Festival" is imaginative beyond the scope of the original story and is quite breath-taking!  Definitely worth seeing.  More info here: http://dskzero.tumblr.com/tagged/H.P.-Lovecraft%27s-The-Dunwich-Horror-and-Other-Stories and here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2412064/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_1  RECOMMENDED!

Elder Sign (2009) - Humorous short film posing magical elements as a prescriptive approach (a la pharmaceutical industry) to ward off Lovecraftian creatures from below.  RECOMMENDED!

Elder Spice (2011) - A parody of the Old Spice commercials, only with Cthulhu in the shower.  It's a one-note joke, sure, but the creator of it knew enough Lovecraft to drop in quite a few silly references.

Experiment 17 (2005) - Too short to be effective as a film.  It's more of a scene, and not really a good one.  The Necronomicon stars as the MacGuffin.

Experiment 18 (2007) - A better, more developed version/sequel of the above.

From Beyond (1997) - A claymation short film (under 10 minutes) from back when there was still such a medium.  It's well done, although it's less an adaptation of Lovecraft's story and more like an animatic of Stuart Gordon's version of the film (It's very telling that the glow from the machine is precisely the same shade of blueish purple and violet creatures as in that movie).  What sets this apart is a twist ending that is unique from the film or story.  RECOMMENDED!

H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond (2013) - This was part of a series of animated short films made using Legos.  They aren't especially good on a technical level, but they're more ambitious than one would expect.  This and others can be found on the LovecraftianLego channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LovecraftianLEGO/videos

Fyren (2010) - Also titled "Keeper of the Light," which may simply be the translated title.  It isn't an adaptation of any Lovercraft story, although it feels very much like one and draws specifically from one (I won't say which though because that would be a spoiler).  It's well done across the board except a little slow in spots, but it's worth its 24 minutes to watch.  RECOMMENDED!

The Hapless Antiquarian (2001) - A version of Edward Gorey's alphabet with a few Lovecraftian references.  However, a much better take on this concept is The Lovecraft Alphabet (2014; see below).

H.P. Lovecraft's The Other Gods (2006) - A silent animated film presented as though it was a lost film from Lovecraft's time.  It's good for what it is at about five minutes.

The Hound (1997) - Not a bad adaptation, but it's shot on black and white video.  On the plus side, it gets high marks from me for using as much of the original text as possible.  There isn't much to the story though, so its 18 minutes running time is stretching things.  The film is so obscure that is doesn't even have an entry on the IMDb as of this writing.

 H.P. Lovecraft's The Hound (2011?) - Not very good but very short (about 7 mins) adaptation of a good short story.

The House on the Dame Street (1999) - CGI short based loosely on just a few scenes from "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," only there's no space in which to develop much of a story.  I assume this was simply an exercise to demonstrate animating skills for someone's resume/reel.  AVOID!

An Imperfect Solution: A Tale of the Re-Animator (2003) - A B&W amateur adaptation of "Herbert West: Re-Animator" that actually plays pretty well.  The actors aren't pros by any means, but the production is good.  The sets/locations and props all put you in the appropriate period and the story is told rather well.  It doesn't adapt the full story, just a small piece of it, and that's probably for the best in a running time under twenty minutes.

Late Bloomer (2004) - Terrific hilarious short with a first person narration that is a spot-on pastiche of Lovecraft's style.  The film takes place in a junior high sex ed classroom.  The premise alone should be enough to sell it, but where it goes from there is just great.  RECOMMENDED!

The Lovecraft Alphabet (2014) - A cute stop-motion animated play on Edward Gorey's alphabet.  What makes this little (3 minute) film so great is the amount of work that went into realizing some of the letters.  The footage for many of these is drawn from the filmmaker's previous works (e.g., Shadow out of Time), but others are original to this piece, and that's especially commendable.  For example, the "Z is for zoogs" bit alone undoubtedly took hours for a few seconds of screen time, but it is sooooo worth it for the viewer!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2flD8d4agh4&list=UU0QR9968O-ITI3sqzzv15IQ  RECOMMENDED!

A Lovecraft Dream (???) - I can't find any information on this on the IMDb, but it is primarily by Michelle Botticelli.  It isn't anything unexpected, but it's an enjoyable impressionistic tale of Lovecraft being influenced by terrifying dreams to write his stories.

The Lovecraft Syndrome (2004) - A studious Lovecraft fan gets obsessive about his works, then she starts to slip into them.  Or does she?  Very good psychological thriller in about 15 minutes.  RECOMMENDED!

Lovecraft's Pillow (2006) - A nice little film about a struggling writer happening across Lovecraft's pillow, which ultimately serves as inspiration, though not in the ways he expects.  The film is done well enough, but it really didn't have to invoke HPL, nor does it reference any of his works.  There's a nod to Stuart Gordon's Reanimator, but that's about it.

Le Manuscrit D'un Fou (2003) - I saw this with no subtitles, so maybe I'm missing some subtleties that tie this all together, but I doubt it.  Basically the only Lovecraft connection is that there is a cult worshiping in the woods (à la "Call of Cthulhu").  A hiker gets lost, observes the ceremony (in which there is a weird occurrence), then goes insane.  The story is told as a flashback as doctor at an asylum relates the patient's history to a girl (journalist?), then shows her photos the hiker took which prove his story is true.  Not much for a movie, sorry.

Le Montagne della Follia (2008) - Another animated effort by Michelle Botticelli, this time adapting "At the Mountains of Madness."  It's a mix of 3D CGI with 2D animation along the lines of motion comics, which collectively plays like pre-visualization animatics more than a final product.  Unfortunately, my impressions are limited because all dialog (first-person narration, mostly) is in Italian*.  It's always interesting to see how the Elder Things and the city will be rendered in any adaptation, but it really isn't terribly impressive here.  What more impressed me was the fact that Botticelli actually dared to take on the entire history of prehistoric earth (i.e., creation of life on Earth, repelled invasion by Cthulhu spawn, then the shoggoth revolution, etc.) in a film that isn't even 35 minutes.  Most bizarrely, even with all the material from the novel to cover, the end of film shoehorns in a rapid series of references to perhaps five HPL stories.  Update: I found a copy online.  It is available here with subtitles (if you turn them on): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmLO-Vhje8g

Masters of Horror (2005) S01E02 - Stuart Gordon adapts "The Dreams in the Witch House" in an episode of this surprisingly great Showtime series (Yes, there are bad episodes, but all have good production values and often have a good premise).  Gordon is probably the best-versed director on Lovecraft lore (at the very least he's the most prolific), so there are interesting in-jokes such as a reference to the "rats in the walls" at one point.  He updates the science/technology well here, much like in his adaptation of From Beyond.  Jeffrey Combs was originally cast but was replaced.  It goes completely off from the story, but it is at least original and entertaining.  RECOMMENDED!

Miskatonic University Recruitment Video (???) - A not very good attempt at just what the title suggests.  Doesn't really have any connection to Lovecraft's works beyond the title.  AVOID!

The Music of Erich Zann (1980) - A quite ably-produced adaptation of the story.  There's nothing especially exciting about it, but it is at least faithful to the original.  In fact, it might have benefited from any liberties taken by the filmmaker, but it's good for what it is.

Die Musik des Erich Zann (2005) - A stop-motion animation that is very styled.  Though it's German, there is no dialog, so the only place that creeps in is the expressionism (Think The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari).  The most notable change is Zann's instrument which here is a piano rather than a violin.  That said, it really isn't faithful to the story in content or spirit other than its premise (i.e., boarder invited in by his neighbor for a mini-concert).

The Music of Erich Zann (2009) - A good, if too-long, adaptation of this story.  It expands the relationship between the narrator and the violinist considerably, as well as expanding upon the narrator's own life, although, like I said, it's not enough to justify the 38 minute running time.  Still, what's present is probably the best adaptation of this story to date.  ps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2xku7aFBu4  RECOMMENDED! (but only if you can time-slide)

The Music of Erich Zann (2014) - A twenty-something minute adaptation.  I felt like most of the actors were performing for the camera more than playing their roles.  The film was technically competent but was just an adaptation rather than an attempt to express the story.  It wasn't lifeless by any means, but it lacked any subtlety.  Most frustratingly, the music, though explicitly described as "weird" and inventive never lives up to any of the exciting descriptions of it.

The Necronomicon (2009) - A great parody of the style and tone of those idiotic Mormon commercials from around the same time, with the Necronomicon replacing the Book of Mormon (as it should!).  RECOMMENDED!

Night Gaunts (2012) - A very slow (which destroys the rhythm) and pointless reading of the sonnet about the title creatures serving as narration of a girl wandering around her house while "spooky" cliches present themselves.  AVOID!

Nyarlathotep (2001) - Not exactly a faithful adaptation, but ambitious in scope, and it's certainly entertaining one and impressively done for amateur filmmakers.

Nyarlathotep (2007) - As with A Lovecraft Dream (above), it's another animated feature (this time in Flash, I believe) by Michelle Botticelli, though again there's no information on it in the IMDb.  It's in Italian with no subtitles, so my review is handicapped by that.  It seems to be a very faithful adaptation, although it really doesn't do anything fresh with the material.  The graphics look like they're from a high school project from the late '90s, so just skip it.

Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998) - A somewhat confused (or at least meandering) almost hour-long collection of Lovecraft references that really doesn't excel until the protagonist actually meets the author.  It's interesting and professionally crafted, just not very good, artistically speaking.

Pickman's Model (2008) - I've seen worse episodes of Tales from the Darkside, sure, but this doesn't give the viewer anything a reading of the short story couldn't provide... except for the over-acting.

HP Lovecraft's Pickman's Model (2013) - A CGI movie (about 22 minutes in length).  It's all very stiff character animation.  It isn't even performed well enough to work well as an audio play.  In spite of that, the story is well-done!  It's a departure from the source material, although I think it's faithful to its content, just not its tone.  The story here ends up being full of suspense and action.  Lovecraft purists will object, but I don't think this cheapens the original story at all.  It's enjoyable for what it is, and I think the story simply deserved better production values.

The Picture in the House (2009) - Meh.  Set in the '20s, but the protagonist is riding a 10-speed.  Go figure.  It isn't a good enough story to do much with, and, well, they didn't.  AVOID!

Re-Animator: 1942 (2008) - It's only three minutes and is hampered by bad acting on the part of West's assistant, but it makes a cute little story set (as the title suggests) on the western front in WWII.

Ryleh (2003) - CGI short about a fisherman pulling up a small trunk with a book and statue.  Unfortunately, there's really not much about Ryleh or any other point to it.  AVOID!

Shadow Beyond Time (2011) - This is a curious mix of at least two stories: "The Shadow Out of Time" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," along with references to Cthulu mythos specifics.  I'm not sure it works, but it's interesting just on the basis of being a unique blend of stories so different.  It looks professional and is done very sincerely, but it just isn't compelling in the way either of its source stories are on their own.

H.P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Out of Time (2012) - Absolutely AMAZING work by Daniel Lennéer and Richard Svensson.  These fifteen minutes are the most visually and textually accurate adaptation of Lovecraft ever put to film.  An incredible amout of story is squeezed into this very work without destroying its integrity, and there is a tremendous amount of post-production compositing to ensure that every detail was present to make each shot complete.  It is a MUST-SEE.  RECOMMENDED! (Highly!!!)  Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7jp1CT1h6c&list=UU0QR9968O-ITI3sqzzv15IQ

Shadows in the Garden (2002) - Not a story adaptation, but there are a lot of Lovecraft references (names, mostly) within this 20-minute piece.  It's an usual work that manages to tell a decent story with virtually no dialog, and it's surprisingly good for what it is.  RECOMMENDED!

The Silver Key (2010) - Almost a silent film in that there's no dialog, but then, that's true of almost every Lovecraft story.  In spite of the title, this really doesn't have much to do with the adventures of Randolph Carter.  It's just a quick fantasy film of an unnamed man taking a looooong walk in the woods, going into a cave, and disappearing after he turns the key in a magical lock, then the FBI investigate and turn up nothing but the key on the cave floor.  Professionally filmed, but devoid of any substance.  AVOID!

The Statement of Randolph Carter (2008) - Meh.  It reduces the story to a police interrogation scene with some flashbacks.  Not terribly interesting at all.

Subb Niggurath (2013) - While not very good on the whole, this one actually succeeds on some levels.  For one thing, even though it is set during WWII, the story is thoroughly Lovecraftian.  It borrows plot elements from HPLto make a familiar story even if it isn't an adaptation of any one tale.  There's also quite a lot of CGI.  It's far from professional in quality, but the film is in B&W, which hides some of the flaws.  It makes up for many shortcomings simply on the basis of its ambition though, which is why I enjoyed it.  Incidentally, yes, that is how the title is spelled.

H.P. Lovecraft's The Terrible Old Man (2007) - Very faithful adaptation of that very short story.  It's animated using a lot of (but not exclusively) the Ken Burns effect, but much of the text of the original story is present through first-person narration.  RECOMMENDED!

H.P. Lovecraft's The Terrible Old Man (2011) - This time the story is told from the point of view of the thugs, here portrayed as Prohibition-era gangsters.  It's pretty good if a bit sparse, but they work in all the elements of the story.  Unfortunately, you really have to have read the story itself in order to get the scene with the glass bottles.
See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQS1ImFYoa0

Terror from the Abyss (2010) - Another adaptation by Daniel Lennéer, this time of "At the Mountains of Madness," though nowhere near as masterful a work as his "The Shadow Out of Time."  This seems like more of a rough draft, and the original story is just too much to condense into a scant 12 minutes.  The only good point is the treatment of the material as a silent film adaptation, but that's already been done (see "Call of Cthulhu" above) and as part of a larger concept (i.e., making an entire film in the style and form contemporaneous with its setting).  Here it's just one more technique, but it actually gets in the way when there's so much that needs to be communicated both visually as textually that it isn't fair to switch back and forth between media.  By the end of the film it has just grown cartoonish, and the suspense present in the source material fails to be conveyed here.

Also... I haven't seen any of these yet, so these titles serve as placeholders.
II The Book (2008) - Adaptation of "The Book" and "The Descendant"
Cthulhu Wore Tennis Shoes (1996) -
The Curse of Yig (2011) -
Dunwich (2006) -
Epikindyni zoni (1988) -
The Evil Clergymen (2002) -
Ex Oblivione (2009) -
From Beyond (2006) -
Hunters of the Dark (2011) -
In Between (2012) -
Innsbay (2010) -
Innsmouth Legacy (2004) -
Le peuple ancien (2001) - Adaptation of "The Very Old Folk"
The Mist (2007) -
El modelo de Pickman (2014) -

Mr. Noyes (2010) -
Muerte cerebral (2012) -
The Music of Erich Zann (2009) -
The Music of Jo Hyeja (2012) -
Nekromania (2010) -
The Other Gods (2006) -
The Outsider (1994) -
Pickman's Model (1981) -
Pickman's Model (2003) -
Pickman's Model (2008) -
Pickman's Model (2012) -
ReCreation (2005) -
Return to Innsmouth (1999) -
Shadow of the Unnamable (2011) -
The Statement (2007) - Adaptation of "The Statement of Randolph Carter."
The Statement of Randolph Carter (2005) -
Subb Niggurath (2013) -
The Terrible Old Man (2012) -
Vigor Mortis (2010) -

The Lovecraft Circle on TV

Night Gallery (1971 TV Series) adapts several Lovecraft stories as well as other Lovecraft Circle authors:
Lovecraft adaptations
Cool Air/Camera Obscura/Quoth the Raven (1971) - ("Cool Air")
Pickman's Model/The Dear Departed/An Act of Chivalry (1971) - ("Pickman's Model")

Also: Professor Peabody's Last Lecture - Not an adaptation, but it is about a man who read the Necronomicon.  There's a student named Lovecraft as well as other students named after other members of the Lovecraft Circle. )

August Derleth adaptations
The Different Ones/Tell David.../Logoda's Heads (1971) - ("Logoda's Head")
The Dark Boy/Keep in Touch - We'll Think of Something (1971) - ("The Dark Boy")
House - With Ghost/A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank/Dr. Stringfellow's Rejuvenator/Hell's Bells (1971) - ("House - With Ghost")

Clark Ashton Smith adaptation
The Return of the Sorcerer (1972)


These are films specifically about Lovecraft and his work and are not adaptations, although there are occasionally readings from his stories.
The Eldritch Influence: The Life, Vision, and Phenomenon of H.P. Lovecraft (2003) - Interviews with several authors (and others) including Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, and Brian Lumley as well as Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi about the Lovecraft's life and what influenced his writing.  It doesn't spend much time on the work itself though, so it's more like a biography of his work than a biography of the author, if that makes any sense.  Some silly interludes with others that I won't dwell on.  It's enjoyable for any Lovecraft fan, but not really interesting for anyone not already thoroughly familiar with his work.  See instead Fear of the Unknown (below).

Fear of The Unknown (2009) - A biography and analysis of H.P. Lovecraft and his works.  Features a surprising number of quality interviewees such as Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, S.T. Joshi (of course!), Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Robert M. Price, and others.  I'll bet more were intended, but there honestly wasn't enough room.  It is fairly thorough in its scope and honestly could have been expanded into perhaps three parts to allow adequate space for all the discussion required for everything they would have liked to have covered: discussion of the works, Lovecraft's influence on their work and culture in general, as well as all the biographical information.

Also of note...

The H.P. Lovecraft Collection - This is a series of unrelated projects that were compiled on dvd.  The discs in the collection contain much more than just these title features (most of which are reviewed above), such as an interview with S.T. Joshi, short films, etc.  As of this writing I don't have listings of the contents of each volume, but I would appreciate any info regarding these.
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Vol. 1: Cool Air (1999)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Vol. 2: Dreams of Cthulhu: The Rough Magik Initiative (2000)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Vol. 3: Out of Mind (1998)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Vol. 4: Pickman's Model (?)
The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Vol. 5: Strange Aeons (2005?)

Appendix: Repeat players

Stuart Gordon's crew of semi-regulars and a few others have been repeat players in the industry of Lovecraft adaptations.  Here are some stand-out names and the films
with which they've been involved.

Jeffrey Combs, actor

Barbara Crampton, actress

David Warner, actor

David Gale, actor

Stuart Gordon, director

Dennis Paoli, screenwriter

Brian Yuzna, producer, director, writer

See also...

These sites and books contain information about Lovecraft adaptations for tv and movies.  For music, see my page about Lovecraft in Music.



Specifically, here's a page on Wikipedia listing many of these films (the more widely-known of the lot) with links to their respective entries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Films_based_on_works_by_H._P._Lovecraft

Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik - I haven't read this; just noting its existence and keeping this as a place-holder in case I do.

H.P. Lovecraft in Popular Culture: The Works and Their Adaptations in Film, Television, Comics, Music, and Games by Don G. Smith - Again, haven't read this one.

H.P. Lovecraft Goes to the Movies: The Classic Stories That Inspired the Classic Horror Films - I flipped through this one and passed on it.  This is more of a story collection around a theme than it is a guide or any critical analysis.  The stories only have a blurb noting that they were adapted, when, and by whom.  More here: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/sources/hplgm.aspx

See also Mike Davis’ (from The Lovecraft eZine) list of recommended Lovecraftian movies.  It contains synopses of many of the titles on this page as well as other films that are "Lovecraftian" in some way.  For example, Dark City has a Lovecraft feel without there being obvious elements from HPL's works.

Good YouTube channels

You can find films (or at least trailers) at the following YouTube channels.  No promises on the selection because who knows when YouTube will respond to complaints from copyright holders.

Help with this incomplete list...
This list is always going to be incomplete.  If I've missed something, please tell me about it.  There are always new adaptations and I'm sure plenty of obscure adaptations have escaped notice.  Amateurs are constantly posting projects to YouTube.  If you're aware of something I've overlooked that's worth noting, please email me.


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