Clark Ashton Smith short films with Richard Stanley

Upper Left theater
Date and time: 
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Director Richard Stanley presents the only two film adaptations of Clark Ashton Smith's works, Night Gallery's "Return of The Sorcerer" starring Vincent Price and Stanley's own "Mother of Toads." Bonus short "The Sea of Perdition" was loosely inspired by Smith's work.


Return of the Sorcerer

Directed by
Jeannot Szwarc
Vincent Price, Bill Bixby, Tisha Sterling
26 mins
 | 1972
 | United States
 | English

Sorcerer John Carnby recruits young Noel Evans to translate an incomplete Arabic source book, whose most fiendish passages involve being flayed over burning coals and slowly dismembered. Based on the story by Clark Ashton Smith, this aired on Night Gallery.


Mother of Toads

Directed by
Richard Stanley
Catriona MacColl, Shane Woodward, Victoria Maurette
20 mins
 | 2012
 | France
 | English

A couple traveling in a remote part of the French Pyrenees cross paths with a lustful witch. Adapted from the Clark Ashton Smith story.


The Sea of Perdition

Directed by
Richard Stanley
Maggie Moor
6 mins
 | 2006
 | United Kingdom
 | English

A stranded astronaut discovers an ancient temple in the wilderness of Mars and the secrets that it holds.

Richard Stanley made his feature film directing debut with 1990's acclaimed Hardware, starring Dylan McDermott and Fields of the Nephilim's frontman, Carl McCoy. His second feature, Dust Devil, was an unconventional story of an otherworldly serial killer in South Africa, and has a rabid cult following due to its striking visuals and beautiful landscape photography, plus its decidedly Weird taint. He also has created a number of independent, award-winning documentaries, an adaptation of Clarke Ashton-Smith's "Mother of Toads," and wrote and directed H. P. Lovecraft's Color Out of Space feature, produced by Spectrevision, starring Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, and Q'orianka Kilcher.

Attended these previous events

Previously attended:

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival - Portland, OR