H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro this Saturday

Sept. 08, 2010 | 4:20 p.m.

H.P. Lovecraft (Los Angeles Times archives)

Has there ever been a better time to brush up on your Lovecraft? The author died more than 70 years ago but he’s a red-hot Hollywood player these days with Guillermo del Toro’s announcement that he will be directing a film adapation of “At the Mountains of Madness” and Ron Howard’s own percolating Lovecraft project. This Saturday, you can get your Cthulhu on at the first Los Angeles edition of the  H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, which will slither and shamble into our mundane mortal dimension at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. There are six films scheduled, including the dark, dastardly 1985 classic “Re-Animator,” and plenty of   off-screen activities as well. You may conjure up ticket and programming details right here.

– Geoff Boucher

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8 Responses to H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in San Pedro this Saturday

  1. mikeboas says:

    It's sure to be a weird and wonderful show. Here' s the animated promo video for the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06RoZELJRno

  2. lovecraftservices says:

    In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming. …

  3. ionatrailer says:

    Pedro rocks!

  4. Lovecraftian says:

    I love Lovecraft. He deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest horror writers of the 20th century. Th ough when he is well known I'm afraid they will tarnish his legacy by making movie/tv adaptions.

  5. HPLFF-LA organzier says:

    Some of the Lovecraft adaptations are amazing, e.g., "The Call of Cthulhu," screening at the fest.

    Also, many movies aren't direct adaptations, but inspired by the works and Mythos of Lovecraft, and those are brilliant, as well, e.g., "AM 1200", screening at the fest.

    And one year, I hope to screen "Berkeley Square," a movie that Lovecraft himself lauded in his letters, and which may have been the inspiration for his classic story "The Shadow Out of Time."

    Come out and see the movies. One is an award-winning documentary on the man himself.

  6. michael says:

    There is absolutely no one that can faithfully translate his stories into film, just can't be done. They are stories from the deepest darkest part of a horrifyingly briliant mind. So underrated in his time, only now is his brilliance beginning to be appreciated.

    • HPLFF-LA Organizer says:

      Call of Cthulhu by the HP Lovecraft Historical Society is pretty much everything that was in the original story, on film, done brilliantly.

      Is it difficult to translate Lovecraft to film? Yes. Personally, I prefer an adaptation, something where the director imposes his or her own spin on the material, or works that are inspired by Lovecraft.

      I've seen dozens of versions of Cool Air, From Beyond, Statement of Randolph Carter, The Outsider, Pickman's Model and the Music of Erich Zann to last a lifetime. Some are very well done, surely.

      Still, Lovecraft was not the greatest author the world has ever seen. But he was inspiring, and if someone is going to make a movie based on Lovecraft, I try to see it. Some are quite good.

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