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.
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 of one ticket. Our line up:
THE BANSHEE BRIDE (Jason Voss 2013) 5 min
Voss’ last animated short THE RELIC got an appropriately enthusiastisc response at last year’s festival. I have a feeling he will mesmerize us again with this spooky tale.
DREAMLANDS – WORK IN PROGRESS (Huan Vu 2013) 6 min
Vu and the other guys who gave us the excellent DIE FARBE (2010) are back with a teaser for their next fascinating project.
STAY AT HOME DAD (Cody Goodfellow 2013) 15 min
That actions speak louder than words gets the protagonist in this off beat little gem in a heap of trouble when he, all in the name of emancipation, agrees to an experimental treatment making it possible for his wife to get quickly back to work while he takes care of their child.
AM1200 (David Prior 2008) 40 min
”David Prior, in 40 short minutes, shows why he is the single most promising director I’ve seen in years. People always ask me what they should do for a ”calling card” in Hollywood — well do something like this. And try to do it half as good.”
I’ll take Fincher’s word for that this story of a man on the run and his bad decision to take refuge at a certain radio station is not to be missed!
RE-ANIMATOR (Stuart Gordon 1985) 95 min
Stuart Gordon’s lugubriously funny take on Lovecraft’s most visceral tale about a man and his ill advised experiments into resurrection is one of the few Lovecraft movies to, sort of, break into the mainstream. Referenced in American Beauty and spawning several comic book sequels it is rightfully considered a classic, by some. With excellent photography by Swedish Mac Ahlberg, this 35 mm print was given to film society Klubb Super 8 by none other than producer Brian Yuzna back in the late 90’s.
Get your tickets here! See you at the movies.