Shorts block 3 (HPLFF Classic films)
In the wake of the destruction and madness wreaked by the Ancient One, its inadvertent creator apologizes for his actions leading to such suffering and gibbering.
The Festival is one of a 3 part anthology titled, "The Dunwich Horror and Others." These three classic tales were brought to life through puppets and miniatures.
It is the night of the Winter Solstice, and the inhabitants of an ancient seaport town prepare to celebrate a once-in-a-century festival. What role will the newcomer be asked to play?
A hilarious commercial spoof from the people that brought you Casting Call of Cthulhu. If you suffer from an overwhelming sense of dread brought on by the realization of your own insignificance in the universe, then you need Elder Sign - H.P. Lovecraft's aeons old remedy for cosmic dread. Written and directed by Joseph Nanni and produced by Bad Advice for Good Times, Elder Sign takes horror comedy to a new level of dreaded hilarity. With special effects by 4 Stroke and music by Apollo Studios.
Based on Lovecraft's Ex Oblivione, with a dash of Beyond The Wall of Sleep and The Silver Key, with a bit of genetics from Alien and Dark Star, this 1991 student film (Columbia, thank you very much) is from the director of Pickman's Muse. A young man travels through the stars, and beyond the wall of sleep.
The Music of Erich Zann (restored)
This story revolves around a student of metaphysics, Charles Dexter Ward who befriends Erich Zann an aging violinist who lives on the floor above him. Restored from the original 16mm print.
Adaptations of HP Lovecraft’s work have always been problematic. The qualities that make his writing affective and powerful stem from his word choice and phrasing. Rather than attempt to fully adapt a single story this project uses three Lovecraft short stories and combines chosen elements to create an original story line. This takes the form of an exploratory journey through a city left to decay in humanity’s absence, however, a lone haunted man remains, watching the city crumble from his office window. Through poetic voice-over, dramatic detailed scenery and environment this project evokes that indistinct and grimly beautiful Lovecraftian atmosphere.
The Crimson Robe
A brooding and atmospheric adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "Dagon". A young man questions his sanity (and safety) after a run-in with a cult of amphibious creatures. Written and directed by Russell Welch, visual effects artist for CSI: Miami and assistant editor for NCIS: Los Angeles.
In a secure military laboratory, a scientist has become obsessed with the half-human half eel creature he's studying. When she beckons him to her, it's the call of a siren... Eel Girl is a short film that was designed to be both disturbing and beautiful. Shot on 35mm by one of New Zealand's foremost Directors of Photography, and with special makeup effects created by world renown Weta Workshop, Eel Girl is a film that was created to generate interest, controversy and word of mouth publicity. *winner Best Short, Best Special Effects, Best Comedy 2008