Absolutely delighted today to announce the full details of our film programme for Edge-Lit - as well as two films on the Saturday night, we'll also be hosting two films on the Friday night as a launch. All four of our films will be running on a HP Lovecraft theme, paying homage to one of the most legendary and influential horror writers of all time.
I'd like to say a huge thanks to the guys at Mayhem Film Festival, who have made all the fantastic screening possible - we couldn't have done it without them! Your Saturday night films are included in your Edge-Lit ticket price, while our Friday double-header is just £10 for both films!
So without any further ado, let's introduce our fabulous four pieces of Lovecraftian goodness...
THE CALL OF CTHULHU. Directed by Andrew Leman. (USA, 2005. 50 mins). Dying a professor leaves his great-nephew a collection of documents on the dreaded Cthulhu Cult and slowly the nephew pieces together the full horror as his own mind begins to unravel. From the HP Lovecraft Historical Society comes this amazing anomaly - a film shot and made as if it were 1926 and Lovecraft had just signed a Hollywood deal to get the film made: a silent-movie take on Lovecraft's celebrated Mythos. "The Great Old One of Lovecraftian cinema... risen from the page onto the screen in all his belated glory." Horror Review
THE THING. Directed by John Carpenter. (USA, 1981, 109 mins). Remastered classic from cult director John Carpenter, reteaming with Kurt Russell after the classic Escape From New York to remake the classic The Thing From Another World, inspired by Who Goes There by John W Campbell. A twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic station discover an alien, buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the shape-shifting creature wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them. A brilliant study in paranoia and tension clearly influenced by HP Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness. "I don't know what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is."
MASTERS OF HORROR: DREAMS IN THE WITCH-HOUSE. Directed by Stuart Gordon. (USA, 2005. 55 mins). Possibly Gordon's best adaptation of Lovecraft, more subtle than Re-Animator and darker than Dagon, this is a tight exercise in menacing, brooding fear. A student begins to question his own sanity after taking a room in a boarding house once said to be the residence a witch. "One of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen put to film..." Dread Central
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY. Directed by Lucio Fulci. (Italy. 1981. 86 mins) Part Lovecraft, part Henry James, Fulci's amazingly over the top, blood splashed HOUSE forms the final part of his infamous Gates of Hell Trilogy and has now been rescued and restored for your pleasure. If Witch-House is concerned with the terror in the attic, then this reminds us not to ever go in the cellar! "Gleefully gory... If you've never seen it and you're a fan of Italian genre film, do yourself a favor and seek it out." Twitch
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