REVIEW: ‘The Whisperer In Darkness’

Albert Wilmarth (Matt Foyer) unfortunately finds "the Whisperer in Darkness".
Albert Wilmarth (Matt Foyer) unfortunately finds "the Whisperer in Darkness".
Albert Wilmarth (Matt Foyer) unfortunately finds "the Whisperer in Darkness".

Nothing good is easy.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to say that but I will tell you to carve that in stone. Be it in work, play, life or love; it’s just one of those universal truths. And while we’re on the subject, let’s add this little nugget onto that list: the stories of H.P. Lovecraft are difficult to adapt to film. There may be some of you snickering at that remark because you know the vast amounts of understatement I just used. For those who haven’t clambered aboard the Lovecraft bandwagon, please allow me to explain. Lovecraft’s favorite themes had to do with the vastness of infinity and how unknowable it was to mankind’s limited existence. Often, his protagonists would encounter something so mind shattering that it could not be described, explained or even named.

Now try filming that on a typical Hollywood budget.

And not even a big typical budget, but the below ten million dollar budget usually relegated for horror films – which with the current popularity of the cinéma vérité movement in horror, that number is probably closer to just one million dollars. Especially since Hollywood and mainstream audiences demand spectacle from their movies: you have to show the monster. Unnameable and unshowable usually lead you straight to unfilmable.

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HPLHS Strikes Again: The Whisperer in Darkness Trailer

Holy crap! Did we finally find a good Lovecraft movie?
Holy crap! Did we finally find a good Lovecraft movie?

While Lovecraft fans like me endure the excruciating wait for Del Toro’s “At the Mountains of Madness”, pickings are notoriously slim for any other tentacle-y goodness. Ordinarily, when Hollywood gets its grubby little mitts on any of Lovecraft’s work, the only resemblance it might bear to the original is the title. Sometimes, not even that. Lovecraft is not an easy author to adapt. It’s a job best left to professionals and scholars… like the people of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

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Del Toro and Cameron Team Up For Lovecraft’s ‘Madness’

What nightmares will the union of Guillermo Del Toro and James Cameron bring "At the Mountains of Madness"?
What nightmares will the union of Guillermo Del Toro and James Cameron bring "At the Mountains of Madness"?

Yes, it’s official – -my geek pants have exploded.
Even more disturbing than that, they have exploded with shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light.

What does all this mean? Well, let me tell you… provided I can stop hyperventilating.

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‘Dreams in the Witch House’ (2005)

Ezra Godden as Walter Gilman in the Stuart Gordon directed "Dreams in the Witch House".
Ezra Godden as Walter Gilman in the Stuart Gordon directed "Dreams in the Witch House".

from Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” series

Directed by: Stuart Gordon
Starring: Ezra Godden, Campbell Lane, Jay Brazeau, Chelah Horsdal

PLOT
Walter Gilman, a college student, rents a loft in a building in the New England town of Arkham. While studying inter dimensional string theory at college he is haunted by nightmares of a 17th-century witch and her rat with a human face. He must prevent the death of his neighbour’s baby at the hands of these forces while it’s possible he could become the murderer himself. (from tv.com)

Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft
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