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This week I will be performing in an adaptation of Lovecraft’s ‘The Dunwich Horror’, which is going to be awesome. In honour of this, I present you with ten films that are of a decidedly eldritch nature.

1. The Call of Cthulhu

8004399321_258619f69a_bA modern-day silent film. Personally I think this is the best way the Cthulhu story could have been told.

2. The Thing

the-thing_2Carpenter’s body horror movie evokes the paranoia of Lovecraft’s tales, and the fear of cosmic threat.

3. The Haunted Palace

thp1While this Vincent Price vehicle sounds like a Poe tale, it’s actually an adaptation of Charles Dexter Ward. The village scenes are great as well – very reminiscent of Innsmouth or Dunwich.

4. Alien

alien-1979-wallpaper-3Claustrophobia, space horror and eldritch abominations.

5. In the Mouth of Madness

7501683962_14eef0e119_bAnother Carpenter film, and part of his apocalypse trilogy, addressing the sinister and mysterious author Sutter Kane (whose writing appears to have definite Lovecraftian themes). Also features a mysterious New England town which may or may not exist where there’s something very weird going on with the locals.

6. Herbert West: Re-Animator

west-re-animator-movies-33888495-1200-807The original story of Herbert West is most definitely a black comedy, and this modern retelling does not disappoint on that front.

7. Dagon

DAGONAnother modern retelling, this time featuring Lovecraft’s fish god cult.

8. Yellowbrickroad

yellowbrick2Probably the less obviously Lovecraftian film on the list, this low-budget film about a group of hikers who are driven insane by an unknown cosmic force while on a mountain trail definitely reminds me of Lovecraft.

9. The Mist

the-mist-screenshot-1Inter-dimensional cosmic monsters cross over into the human world.

10. Cloverfield

Cloverfield3The Cloverfield monster must have been partly inspired by the Old Ones who want to come back.

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