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AICN HORROR: Hey Chicago! Love Lovecraft? Well, here’s your chance to see THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS in theaters!!!

Ambush Bug here with some very cool news. The HPL Historical Society is trying to put together a special theatrical screening of their film, THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS on Monday 8/20 at 7pm at Muvico 18 located at 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Des Plaines, IL. This is to celebrate the birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft on 8/20 and if you’re as big a fan of the prolific writer’s work as I am, you should come out at attend this special event. I plan on doing another special AICN HORROR: Love Lovecraft? column just in time for this event, but you have to check out this website here and register to order tickets in order to make this event happen. There’s less than a week to make this happen so be sire to click the link and register!

So Chicago area horror fans unite! Celebrate H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday in style by checking out THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS!!!

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  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Loves me some Lovecraft

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    Sounds like a cool event. When are we going to finally have a decent Cthulhu movie made though?

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Decent Cthulhu movie?

    by Yukon Cornelius

    HPLHS' "Call of Cthulhu" is, despite its minsicule budget and cardboard & duct tape homebrew spfx probably the most faithful Lovecraft adaptation to date and will probably remain the contender as best Lovecraft film for the indefinite future, unless Del Toro ever gets the complete artistic control and huge budget to finally make his version of "At the Mountains of Madness", with or without James Cameron's financial backing and Tom Cruise's star power. And as much as I want to see a well made, big budget Lovecraft adapatation, I worry that the once unique elements that have been borrowed/stolen by other sci-fi horror films in the past several decades (ie, the Thing From Another World, John Carpenter's The Thing, The Thing prequel/remake, The Thing 2018, etc.) may fail to win over the mainstream movie going audience unfamiliar with the original Lovecraft mythos who may see it as a copycat wannabe (for a recent pulp example, see: Carter, John and various assertions that it "ripped off" several scenes from the Star Wars prequels).

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Not a huge surprise...

    by Zenslinger

    ...that Lovecraft is difficult to translate to film. But I think Whisperer is at least as good as Call of Cthulu, with better effects and that crazy talkie technology going on. I'd love to see on projected in a theater. Lucky Chicago!

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Bought this on DVD about 6 months ago

    by 2for2true

    Was pleasantly surprised at the faithful adaption of the material and decent acting of the main characters. Wonderful sets and props. A real throwback film that I'm proud to have in my collections.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Sure, it's difficult to translate to film...

    by Zenslinger

    ...Lovecraft material itself is. It's not just that conceptual horror that remains "off screen" is central even in his stories. It's also the stories themselves and how they are told, often assembled from various sources (like Call of Cthulu) or even without real main characters. I think Whisperer is one of the more linear Lovecraft stories with a single protagonist that goes through events that qualify as adventure and suspense. Shadow over Innsmouth is another.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    But ALIEN...

    by Zenslinger

    ...just has a Lovecraftian element or two. Easier to steal than to adapt his stuff whole hog.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    The Lovecraft Historical Society knows their shit.

    by fireclown

    It's a movie with a tiny budget, but they GET IT. I preordered the DVD of this, and it's a winner. If you can make it, buy a ticket. This kind of thing needs to be rewarded.

  • Aug. 6, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    thegov: sexual subtext?

    by Zenslinger

    I'm curious about the sexual subtext you see in HPL's work. He had a horror of sex. Unless you mean that the fastidious avoidance of anything sexual is itself a sexual subtext? In my view, Geiger's interest in biomechanical sex/rape thing would be HPL's own worst nightmare! The sex between Ripley and Dallas in early scripts, very un-HPL. And, not to pick at you, but the remorseless inhumanity is Lovecraftian on a smaller scale, but usually "Lovecraftian" implies the sort of large-scale uncaring universe, that humanity is a pimple on the ass of the universe about to be annihilated in toto. In that sense, Prometheus is more Lovecraftian than Alien. I don't see Alien as an essentially Lovecraftian movie -- more of a traditional slasher kind of horror with a Lovecraftian monster. And, of course, some Lovecraftian backstory to it, the derelict ship being very HPL...all right, a couple of sizable elements. Your view is not invalid. Carry on.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    re:the governor

    by Sigmar25

    I have an idea for you... read a Lovecraft story or two before you start making nonsense.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10 a.m. CST


    by Zenslinger

    I see your points about Alien and the derelict ship, and conceded them before you made them, but I'd like specifics about the sexuality stuff from Moore and King. I've been reading HPL all my life, and read his biography by de Camp. If anyone on earth was "against sex", it was HPL. I'm not big on psychoanalyzing authors, but where do you think his problems with his wife came from? He might have been an asexual.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the condescension

    by Zenslinger

    Let us know if you find any specifics about sexuality in HPL's work, and good luck with that sexuality-as-benevolent-transformation idea in Alien.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST


    by Sigmar25

    Please provide a couple samples in regard to Lovecraft's work referring to sexual subtext... Lovecraft stories; not movies or expanded mythos. I'm curious.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Specifically, what?

    by Zenslinger

    Ignoring your rudeness, I'd ask: what specifically in the The Dunwich Horror signifies a sexual subtext?

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    etext link

    by Zenslinger

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Typical killik behavior

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    If you ever notice somebody in a TB that posts excessively rude argumentative bullshit ad nauseam and leaves no space between his punctuation marks, you can most assuredly assume that it's that killik cunt. He gets banned like every other day yet keeps coming back. I've noticed him on multiple occasions using several accounts to argue with himself even. He's really that needy for conflict. Somebody's got a trolling problem. I'd say try not to feed him, but the cunt will just go on and feed himself if no one bites. And that's pretty sad.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Was dumb to engage him...

    by Zenslinger

    ...I agree. I post next to never. He had points. Just was increasingly a dick. Anyway, his posts seem to be gone now. Waste of time.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    zenslinger - agreed about Lovecraft being difficult to translate to film

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Especially when most of his stories are told in first person. It seems to cause problems when you start breaking them down to translate them to a visual medium. Hard to keep them truly faithful without having a voiceover running the entire time..which, with the rare exception here and there, just doesn't work on film.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Don't feel bad zenslinger - you clearly won this one

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    I've made the mistake myself a couple times. He usually starts out pretty reasonable and becomes nastier and nastier as it goes on. Especially if you're making good points that he can't refute or if you ask him to back up any of his claims.