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Lovecraft Through the Lens
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"The works of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft have often been described as unfilmable - but it hasn't stopped people from trying to film them. Here are a few questions about some of those attempts, successful or not."
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"Die Monster Die", which starred Boris Karloff and told of a scientist who uses a strange meteorite in experiments to enhance growth, was based on which short story by Lovecraft?
The Shadow Out of Time
The Thing On the Doorstep
The Colour Out of Space
Legendary schlock film-maker Stuart Gordon often drew on Lovecraft's work for his films. One of his most popular is "Re-Animator", the tale of a young medical student who is determined to overcome death itself. Who played the 'hero', Herbert West, in this and two sequels?
Kyle Maclachlan ("Blue Velvet", "Dune")
David Warner ("Titanic", "Wallander")
Jeffrey Combs ("The Frighteners", "House on Haunted Hill")
Dean Stockwell ("Quantum Leap", "Air Force One")
In the 1970s a film version was made of the story "The Dunwich Horror", in which the son of a terrible deity from beyond the stars tries to summon his father to our world. Who played the role of the semi-human sorcerer, Wilbur Whateley?
David Warner ("Time After Time", "The Omen" 1976)
Mark Kinsey Stephenson ("The Unnameable", "Domino")
Dean Stockwell ("Air Force One", "Quantum Leap")
Jon Finch ("Kingdom of Heaven", "The Lurking Fear")
Roger Corman, known for his many adaptations of the works of Edgar Allen Poe, also dabbled his toe in the Cthulhu Mythos. Which of his films was based on Lovecraft's "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", in which a young man is possessed by his ancestor?
The Haunted Palace
The Masque of the Red Death
Not of This Earth
In the comedy movie "The Last Lovecraft", H.P.'s unfortunate descendant is told he is the only one who can stand between mankind and horrors battled and documented by his ancestor. Who plays Jeff, the Last Lovecraft?
Kyle Davis ("Friday the 13th (2009)", "Dexter")
Seth Green ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Goldmember")
Devin McGinn ("Unicorn City", "Crash Course With Shaun White")
Josh Zuckerman ("Sex Drive", "Feast")
"The Unnameable", a monster flick based on a short story just seven pages long, was enough of a hit to spark a sequel, "The Unnameable Returns". In it, a group of college kids come across a hideous creature which has been trapped in a certain location since the 18th century. Where do they find it?
The old Winthrop house
The Arkham Sanatarium
The Miskatonic University Library
The Whateley farm, Dunwich
What veteran director (who also directed "Stuck" and "Space Truckers") went to Spain to create a movie based on the story "Dagon", in which the cult of a terrible marine god is uncovered in a decaying port town?
Guillermo del Toro
Jeffrey Combs made his mark in Lovecraftian circles as Herbert West, the famous re-animator - but who did he play in the 1990s portmanteau movie "Necronomicon" (in which a man finds the famously evil book guarded by monks, and reads from it several unpleasant tales)?
Which of these films is NOT inspired by or based on the works of Lovecraft?
Even films not directly derived from Lovecraft tip the hat to the master. Which blockbuster film opened on a black screen on which appeared a quote from "De Vermis Mysteriis", one of the volumes of evil lore closely associated with the Cthulhu Mythos? The film also featured Nazi occultists, Rasputin, and the demon Sammael.
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Compiled Jun 28 12