As part of the countdown to the festival I’ve asked our esteemed guests and contributors three quick questions: 1. What was your first encounter with H.P. Lovecraft? 2. Which one of his stories do you like the best? 3. What will you be doing at SHPLFV? You will probably find a lot of common ground reading their answers in the days to come. Our fourth contributor to be interviewed is one of the founding members of the HPLHS, Sean Branney: 1. I first encountered H.P. Lovecraft when I was about fourteen years old. My weirdest friend, Darrell Tutchton (still the illustrator for the HPLHS), handed me an anthology of horror stories and said, “You have to read this one, it’s really weird.” The story was Lovecraft’s “The Rats in the Walls”. I read it and loved it. 2. If I had to pick just one, I think I’d pick ”The Call of Cthulhu”. I love its many-layered structure and its global scale. I also like how the horror is vague and abstract but then becomes increasingly tangible and specific as the story moves forward. I think it’s a great embodiment of what HPL was trying to accomplish with the concept of cosmic horror. 3. I have a very full schedule at the SHPLFV. On Thursday we’ll be screening the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s film of The Call of Cthulhu and I’ll be on hand to do a Q&A after. On Friday I’ll be reading the entire story of “The Whisperer in Darkness”. On […]
As part of the countdown to the festival I’ve asked our esteemed guests and contributors three quick questions: 1. What was your first encounter with H.P. Lovecraft? 2. Which one of his stories do you like the best? 3. What will you be doing at SHPLFV? You will probably find a lot of common ground reading their answers in the days to come. Our third contributor to be interviewed is filmmaker Henrik Möller: 1. I first met him in 1991 through the roleplaying game The Call of Cthulhu and that got me interested in his stories. I’ve been obsessed with Lovecraft for many years now and have read several biographies about him. I’m also planning to do a film down the road presenting a fictionalised biography 2. Maybe The Call of Cthulhu. But it’s hard to pick a favourite. I’d need to do a top five at least. 3. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the amazing people who share my interest in Lovecraft. Like Sean Branney and Mohammed Omar for instance.
As part of the countdown to the festival I’ve asked our esteemed guests and contributors three quick questions: 1. What was your first encounter with H.P. Lovecraft? 2. Which one of his stories do you like the best? 3. What will you be doing at SHPLFV? You will probably find a lot of common ground reading their answers in the days to come. Our second contributor to be interviewed is filmmaker Einar Baldvin: 1. My friend Sölvi, introduced me to him when I was around 8 in Iceland. He was reading all the books and wanted us to play the roleplaying game The Call of Cthulhu. I read a lot of the stories around that time, even though my English was not great it was good enough to get hooked on his wonderful way pulling one into his stories. 2. It’s hard to say, I do love ”Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn” enough that I am turning it into my next animated film but ”The Shadow over Innsmouth” and ”The Rats in The Walls” are some of my favorites. 3. Unfortunately I cannot attend but my film ‘The Pride of Strathmoor’ which was influenced by Lovecraft will be screening there.
How time flies! With one month to go until our festival kicks off we’re stepping up our promotional activities by spotlights on some of the incredible stuff we have in store for you. First up to bat is the trailer for Kevin McTurk’s beautiful puppet film ”The Narrative of Victor Karloch” that is part of our programming for Thursday night October 2nd. Follow the link here to watch it and please leave your comments below!
Our old friend Huan Vu and his crew (of Die Farbe fame) are currently hard at work on new project based on Lovecraft: The Dreamlands. Check out the teaser and their production blog here. And make sure to give them your support through the Spaceboy and Indie go go campaigns in progress here! Sascha Renninger is another great guy who came through and made our fledgling festival shine by letting us screen his short Shadow of the Unnamable back in 2012. As many of us know once you’re bit by the Lovecraft bug it never lets go. So it comes as no great surprize that there’s a new film in the works from Renninger and his gang. Please check out Fragment 1890 here!
The works of Lovecraft have been adapted for the big and small screen countless times. Being cineasts since childhood it came naturally for us here at the Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival to have movie screenings as part of our program. Below you can find presentations of what’s on offer this year. Enjoy and don’t forget to buy your tickets here! Lovecraft Double Bill October 10 6:30 pm. Barbro (Bio Rio theatre 4) Hornstulls strand 13. Tickets: 100 sek The Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968) and The Dunwich Horror (1970). Shot during the sick sick sixties these two early adaptations have what one might generously call a rather laid back approach to source fidelity. But The Curse of the Crimson Altar brings together three of the greatest names in horror films: Barbara Steele, Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee. With that in mind one can accept that you have to look hard for traces of ”The Dreams in the Witch House”, the story from which it takes it’s cue. While you certainly find more of Lovecraft in the night’s second feature, the big draw here is really exotica maestro Les Baxter’s dramatic score. Film Brunch Short film bonanza & Re-Animator (1985) Ocotber 13 11 am – 1:30 pm. Bio Rio, Hornstulls strand 3. Tickets: 150 sek Here’s the deal: you get a delicious breakfast from Café Copacabana, a smorgasbord of great short films and to top it all off we screen a pristine 35 mm print of a darkly humorous Lovecraftian classic. All for the price […]