30 Days, 30 Monsters | day fourteen
↳ Lovecraftian Horrors
There are challenges that face any adaptation. This is especially true of the works of HP Lovecraft. For a man whose stories mostly exist in the dark crevasses of the reader’s mind, any visual medium is severely limited in portraying the horrors of the unknown. Of course, there are some major benefits to adapting Lovecraft’s work. The films tend to be way less racist!
There are a lot of tropes that remain constant in Lovecraft-inspired films—namely spooky things in the water and equally spooky waterside towns. This is a pretty clever manifestation of the unknown. I mean, it’s 2014 and we still don’t know what’s swimming around in most of the ocean. Lovecraft’s guess is as good as anyone’s. If the terror isn’t located underwater then chances are its located within the heart and mind of man. The forbidden knowledge trope is one of my favorites and plays out in almost every Lovecraft protagonist’s downfall and the manifestation of every monster.
FAVORITE FILMS (in no particular order)
↳ The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
”'Twas a long time ago, longer now than it seems in a place perhaps you've seen in your dreams. For the story you're about to be told began with the holiday worlds of auld. Now you've probably wondered where holidays come from. If you haven't I'd say it's time you begun.”