The Whisperer in Darkness
Directed by Sean Branney
Celebrated author H.P. Lovecraf't's classic tale of alien horror bursts onto the screen in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s. Folklore professor Albert Wilmarth investigates legends of strange creatures in the most remote hills of Vermont. His inquiry reveals a terrifying glimpse of the truth that lurks behind the legends. Filmed on location in New England by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS treats audiences to a cinematic thrill not felt since the Hoover administration. Contains violence and gore.
Celebrated author H.P. Lovecraf't's classic tale of alien horror bursts onto the screen in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s.
Cast: Matt Foyer, Lance J. Holt, Stephen Blackehart
Highly enjoyable to watch. Every Lovecraft adaptation i've seen before has been disappointing or too cheesy in some way but this is not the case here. From the noir look of the flick,the use of appropriate suspenseful music and serious treatment of the material genuinely seems evocative of the time and era Lovecraft first created his sci-fi/horror masterpieces. The sense of pathos is all present as is the sense of suspenseful terror . Impressive adaptation.
There is nothing about this that I didn't love.
Fantastic film , if you enjoy Lovecraft you'll love this .
Firstly, this is an enjoyable film for a number of reasons: it is shot and acted in an authentic black and white classic style of say 40's or 50's era horror and science fiction, it follows (mostly) H.P. Lovecrafts wonderful short story and it has a (mostly) good script. It begins with a debate between a materialist and Charles Fort, a well known author of paranormal and unexplained phenomena (something that I do not remember from the book), the script is engaging and introduces some interesting characters to the film. The film begins really well and I was initially captivated but it does loose it's way a little. There is the introduction of "Hannah", the little girl, another aspect I do not remember from the book, but this seemed a little too corny for me and I began to want the pace to pick up a little. The aliens themselves have been done with CGI which was the wrong choice for that black and white era authenticity as the graphics do not marry up well with the monochromatic look of the film. Those who have not read the short story may wonder at the over the top ridiculousness of the aliens but rest assured that Lovecraft does indeed describe them as flying, talking, demon worshipping, crabs. The theme of science and the occult is a really good one that Lovecraft developed in his alternate universe of Cthulu and The Old Ones and this is well developed in the film along with early 20th century looking laboratory equipment and a dark wizard leading a ritual to open a door to another world. If the film had dedicated more time to this aspect at the expense of trying clumsily to add in some emotional drama with the little girl I would have rated it higher but I score it 3 skulls. Recommended for Lovecraft fans and for those seeking something different to modern day torture porn and realistic violence. The film makers should be commended but as they are the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society I can't help but wonder why they took a few liberties with the story.