Today is the birthday of iconic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. He would have been 122. So no day is more appropriate to talk about SIFF Cinema’s upcoming H.P. Lovecraft Double Feature. Beginning on Friday, August 31, and running through Monday, September 3, you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy a pair of Lovecraft-inspired creep-fests: The Call of Cthulhu, and The Whisper in Darkness. The program was originally scheduled to run this week, but what better way to spend Labor Day Weekend?
Both black and white films come from the minds of filmmakers Sean Branney and Andrew Lehman, and hearken back to earlier styles of horror.
Screenings begin at 9:15, and cost $10 for non SIFF members. Go to www.siff.net for more information.
The Call of Cthulhu
A young man is charged with sorting out the estate of his much-whispered-about uncle. What he discovers includes mysterious cults, long-buried civilizations, and a malevolent galactic beastie or two.
The unimaginable, tentacle-intensive horrors of H.P. Lovecraft receive an impressively faithful, faux-silent film treatment with a dazzling symphonic score.
The Whisper in Darkness
After unprecedented flooding in the remote Vermont mountains, strange stories surface of odd things found in the swollen rivers, in this adaptation of the classic story by H.P. Lovecraft.
Albert Wilmarth, a folklore professor at Miskatonic University, at first dismisses these sightings as figments of hysterical imaginations. That is, until he begins to correspond with Henry Akeley, a farmer who claims strange creatures are terrorizing him. Eventually summoned to meet the decrepit Akeley, Wilmarth discovers unearthly horrors beyond comprehension, and undertakes one last desperate attempt to escape the remote New England hills with his life and sanity intact.