Afraid of the Dark and Loving It: Guillermo del Toro’s Idol, H.P. Lovecraft – Fandor – Essential films. Instantly!


The life and work of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, which includes hugely influential stories like “At the Mountains of Madness” and “The Call of Cthulhu” – are treated by his acolytes like the stuff of cult lore. Lovecraft’s xenophobia and propensity for clunky, adjective-heavy descriptions of “unknowable” Gods and monsters make his writing an acquired taste, yet the depth of maniacal feeling that he invested in his writing is infectious…

…Directed by Frank Woodward, Fear of the Unknown presents Lovecraft the person and Lovecraft the writer as a single inseparable entity. His stories, which are often written from a first-person perspective, give you the inimitable impression that you just spent time with somebody that’s plumbing his psyche and putting his id on the page. Lovecraft’s mythic monsters may be characterized by his inimitable style of purple prose but his stories are wildly influential because of their unmistakable potency.

via Afraid of the Dark and Loving It: Guillermo del Toro’s Idol, H.P. Lovecraft – Fandor – Essential films. Instantly!.

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