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Old 04-04-2012   #11
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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

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For some reason I've always seen "Pi" as a Lovecraftian movie. Maybe that's just me.
I thought the same thing while read the thread. Can't explicitly say why it seems Lovecraftian.
I agree with the Lovecraftianity of Pi. I think it's because the central character is an eccentric academic studying something very esoteric. The religious group and corporate people out to steal his research/results for their own ends create the sense of sinister cults out there in the corners of society.
I think that's it. The protagonist definitely has a Walter Gilman "Dreams in the Witch House" parallel that always strikes me. Also, the religious group and corporate drones out for him give it that higher level of metaphyiscally suffocating atmosphere that I think distinguishes Lovecrafts best work.
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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

Agree on Pi. Back at the time when I first saw it I did not think much of it, but now that you guys mention it, there is indeed some Lovecraftian vibe to it.

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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

It's been a while since I saw Pi, but I seem to remember something similar to Lovecraft's theme of "things better left unknown". Unlike most Lovecraft protagonists, the protagonist of Pi does find escape from the "forbidden knowledge" in the end, but in a horrific way. Now I'm thinking I may want to see that movie again...
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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

Messiah of Evil and the french movie Litan are two lesser known films that have a Lovecraftian theme in that the core threat is a nameless evil. Both films also contain Ligottian themes, at least for me.

Litan- "In the town of Litan, a local festival or celebration day is occurring—townsfolk dress in masks, play music, make merry. Nora awakens from a nightmare and is convinced that she's prophesied some impending doom. Rushing to her husband, Jock (Mocky), who's job involves some kind of demolition work at "the Black Rocks," she plunges into a bigger nightmare, where telephone calls are routinely interrupted by crossed wires leading to mysterious messages from "the cemetery," and strange rotoscoped glow-worms lurk in the waters, waiting to dissolve those who fall in..."
Aspects of the film echo The Last Feast of Harlequin. It's definitely worth seeking out for the surreal imagery.


Messiah of Evil is currently on Youtube. It reminded me of Ligotti's stories in Teatro Grottesco concerning artists. The film is clunky in parts but it does have an unnerving effect due to it's nightmarish non-logic. http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=V2GEq...&feature=mv_sr

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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

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Messiah of Evil and the french movie Litan are two lesser known films that have a Lovecraftian theme in that the core threat is a nameless evil. Both films also contain Ligottian themes, at least for me.
I second the recommendation of Messiah of Evil, and it does seem Lovecraftian and Ligottian. I have watched it a number of times. Unfortunately, I don't understand french and there doesn't seem to be a version of Litan with english subtitles, but I still think I want to watch it for the surreal imagery.
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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

I'd add Shimizu's film Marebito and Merhige's Begotten. Marebito is more explicitly Lovecraftian in that it makes an "At the Mountains of Madness" reference but it relies more on that subtle creeping dread and a sense of inevitable hopelessness that tends to run through Lovecraft'a tales.

Begotten is more a mythic parable of resurrections and births. It is vaguely Lovecraftian in that the images are harrowing and like Lovecraft's stronger works it burrowed under my skin and stayed with me long after viewing it.
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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

Gray House- I found a bootleg copy of Litan online with fan-made subs. But actually I don't think they're necessary. Some of the dialogue is a bit overwrought and detracts from the amazing imagery. I'd be interested to hear your impressions of the film.
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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

Elder Marsh, thanks for recommending Litan. Lots of uncanny strangeness in that film. I watched it without subtitles, and perhaps not understanding the dialogue added further to a sense of unreality. It does seem a good comparison with "The Last Feast of Harlequin". Also, the town's residents seemingly being changed or strangely affected in some way by an inexplicable force that seemed to have its source underground (at least that was how I interpreted it without understanding the dialogue) brought Lovecraft to mind.
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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

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Elder Marsh, thanks for recommending Litan. Lots of uncanny strangeness in that film. I watched it without subtitles, and perhaps not understanding the dialogue added further to a sense of unreality. It does seem a good comparison with "The Last Feast of Harlequin". Also, the town's residents seemingly being changed or strangely affected in some way by an inexplicable force that seemed to have its source underground (at least that was how I interpreted it without understanding the dialogue) brought Lovecraft to mind.
I really need to track down this film!

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Re: Non-explicitly Lovecraftian films

I think "Cabin in the woods" counts, but it doesn't show in the trailers, and I don't wanna post spoilers to such a recent movie.
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