Panel: Lovecraftian Cinema
We gathered some of the filmmakers making prominent movie adaptations of Lovecraft’s works to share insights about their upcoming projects!
Barbara Crampton, legendary horror icon and star of our favorite cult classics like Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator, and From Beyond will be our Guest of Honor for our 25th Anniversary streaming Festival!
Crampton made an indelible impression on the hearts of horror movie fans with memorable roles such as Meg Halsey in Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator, Suzie Lynn in Chopping Mall, Dr. Katherine McMichaels in From Beyond, and has appeared more recently in the chilling We Are Still Here, the slightly campy Beyond the Gates (which she also produced), the body horror film Replace, and the Lovecraft-inspired 2020 film Sacrifice. She has also added producing to her roster of impressive roles, and was the driving force behind the forthcoming Castle Freak reboot, written by Kathy Charles, directed by Tate Steinsiek.
Jeffrey Combs's best known horror role was as Herbert West, the main character in the movie Re-Animator, which he has reprised in the film's two sequels. He also portrayed the part of author H. P. Lovecraft (creator of the Herbert West character) in 1993's film Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. Combs has starred in eight H.P. Lovecraft adaptations. Other film credits include FeardotCom, House on Haunted Hill, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and The Frighteners.
Combs has had numerous roles in science fiction television series. In addition to his more well known roles on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," he also starred as the telepath Harriman Gray, in "Eyes", a first season episode of Babylon 5, on The 4400 as Dr. Kevin Burkhoff, as Edgar Allan Poe in "The Black Cat", an episode of Masters of Horror. In July 2009, Combs returned to his stage roots and reprised his role as Edgar Allan Poe in a one-man theatrical show entitled Nevermore...an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at The Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA.
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.
Huan Vu is a director, producer, screenwriter, compositing editor and matte artist. His films include Damnatus, Joey ist dabei, and Mu. His most recent effort is Die Farbe, an adaptation of Lovecraft's The Color Our of Space, and he is currently working on a Dreamlands feature film.
Jan Roth is the executive producer on Die Farbe (2011) and upcoming feature The Dreamlands. Roth is also a visual effects artist, and has worked on films such as Captain Marvel, Doctor Sleep, and Lovecraft Country.