There haven’t been that many movies made around the works of H.P. Lovecraft. A good lot of the ones that were are pretty awful, and none of them were (intentionally) funny. Until now.
[box type=”success”]Update! The Last Lovecraft is available on DVD from Amazon now (and last I checked, it was available on Netflix as well). It’s lighthearted and fun, and worth watching.[/box]
A 2010 Slamdance Featured Film, The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu looks like it blends slapstick humor and just enough silliness to make this look like a really fun movie.
The website summarizes the plot thusly:
Jeff, a down on his luck office worker finds out he is the last living relative of horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft. What he doesn’t know is that Lovecraft’s monsters are real and will soon threaten the very existence of mankind. Jeff and his best friend Charlie are forced to embark on a perilous adventure and they enlist the help of high school acquaintance, Paul, a self proclaimed Lovecraft specialist. Together the three unlikely heroes must protect an alien relic and prevent the release of an acient evil, known as Cthulhu.
But enough talk – watch the trailer:
So far, the reviews have been great, with kudos to the humor and competent creature effects. YouTube reviews have been mixed, but that’s mostly because YouTube commenters are a bunch of douchebags.
Seriously – this might not be one for the purists , but purists need to get a life and understand that adaptation and evolution are as important as the original story, and introduce new fans to the classics. (Also, as much as I love Lovecraft’s writing, he was a horrible racist, and modernizing some of those stories wouldn’t be the worst thing ever.)
Check out the official website here. The Last Lovecraft will be hitting theaters (thanks to DarkSky) this year.