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 […]
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Here are some of the folks gracing the festival with their presence: Peter Bergting is one of our most prolific comic artists and illustrators with major works published by Semic in Sweden and internationally by Image and Dark Horse. At the festival you will be able to see some original art from his sequel to ”The Dunwich Horror”. The exhibition opens on October 7. Check out his website: http://www.bergting.com/ Rikard Lekander has been working in the theatre since the beginning of this millennium, one of his major hits being splatter show Blodvemberfest from 2009. You can see his horror musical Necronomicon at Elverket from October 3, and meet him at SF bokhandeln on October 12. Stefan Sauk has appeared in numerous high profile film and tv-projects since the mid -80’s, giving us memorable characters like Doktor Dängroth and even trying his hand at script writing with Hotet (The Threat) from 2004. See and hear him reading ”Drömmarna i häxhuset” at Rönnells Antikvariat on October 11. Meet the cast and crew of the Lovecraftian Rock Opera at KGB on October 12 and Serieteket on October 13: Douglas Blair Lucek of W.A.S.P. Alaine Kashian of Broadway’s CATS. Johan Koleberg of THERION. Chris Laney of SHOTGUN. Lennart östlund of POLAR STUDIOS. Check out the project’s website: http://witchhouserocks.com/ Please note that image of Brown Jenkin was redacted upon his request.
Howard Philips Lovecraft, 1890 – 1937, stormed into my life through a battered book found in my local library in the mid 80’s and nothing has ever been the same. Like many in Sweden I owe a debt of gratitude to Sam J. Lundwall and his publishing efforts. I’ve had my life reshaped by literature a couple of times after that. The writings of Franz Kafka, William S. Burroughs, Poppy Z. Brite, Neal Stephenson, Mike Mignola and Jorge Luis Borges are a few of the names that spring to mind. But Lovecraft’s writings about cosmic horror and humanity’s insignificance in the larger scale of things shook my young self to the core. 28 odd years on I’m still reeling from the effects. Stories such as ”The Colour Out of Space”, ”The Whisperer in Darkness” and At the Mountains of Madness transcend their pulpy origins, the limits of genre and language reaching something beyond the base matter from which they are built. Like many writers in our literary canon, Lovecraft’s texts staked out a territory that may not be easy to traverse. But those who take the time and have the fortitude to push through the at times asphyxiating flow of adjectives will find something that just might change their view of the world. Through the years many have heard the call and felt the need to expand upon the mythology Lovecraft sketches out in his stories. Already before his life was cut short, this was a literary game played by […]
They say that the third time’s the charm! And we might just prove them right with the third edition of The Stockholm H.P. Lovecraft Festival, brought to you by Bio Rio, Dragon’s Lair, Elverket, The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, Hög av Serier, Klubb Super 8, Rönnells Antikvariat, Serieteket, SF Bokhandeln, Thank You Satan and Unga Dramaten. Some stellar talent has joined our ranks since last year making it possible for us to present to you our dear audience the following preliminary program. And yes, due to the frail nature of reality things can and will change sometimes unexpectedly. Check back regularly for updates. More dates, events and guests tba. October 5 (Sat) What: Generous offer from gaming society Dragon’s Lair. Lovecraft fans get free admission to their place on Kungsholmen where you can borrow and play Arkham Horror, Elder Sign, Mansions of Madness and others absolutely free! The offer is valid throughout the festival week, October 13 being the last day. Where: Dragon’s Lair, Kungsholms torg 8. More on this here. 9 pm What: Necronomicon – After Show Premiere Weekend Party and Official Festival Launch! Bar, Lovecraft tunes from dj The Abominable Showman. Where: Elverket. The Swedish Horror Musical based on Lovecraft’s work opens on October 3rd with shows running throughout October. Get your tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/k47gvz8 October 7 (Mon) 4 pm What: Opening of the mini exhibition of original art from Peter Bergting and Joe R. Lansdale’s ”The Dunwich Horror”. Where: Serieteket, Kulturhuset, Sergels torg 3. http://kulturhuset.stockholm.se/serieteket/ October 10 (Thu) 6:30 pm What: Screening […]