Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown

If you are a fan of the works of H.P. Lovecraft, then you need to see the documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown and if you know absolutely nothing about Lovecraft, then you need to see Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown.
For the knowledgeable, this is a fascinating look at Lovecraft, both his life and his work, and it features interviews with folks who have been influenced by Lovecraft, including authors Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Caitlin R. Kiernan and with filmmakers John Carpenter and Guillermo del Toro.
For the uninitiated, this is an excellent place to start as the documentary functions both as biography and as a critical look at Lovecraft's best known stories, including Dagon, The Call of Cthulhu, The Rats in the Walls, and The Dunwich Horror.
What I enjoyed the most was that the information about the stories was given in historical context, as in here is where Lovecraft was and what was going on in his life when he wrote such and such a story. As a fan and a writer, I found this very interesting. All of this is covered in other places but the documentary gives it to you in a nice, concise way. As I said, great for someone looking to learn about Lovecraft. At right at 90 minutes there's a ton of information, so the documentary is good for repeated viewings. I know I'll be watching it again.

1 comment:

Will Errickson said...

You're right, this was a great documentary. I'm pretty familiar with HPL's life and works and I still found the movie interesting and watchable. It's another example how in the past 10 years or so his critical appraisal has gone up - I can remember when that wasn't the case!