Cryptic Plasm (2015 film)
"Hypergore!" A cryptozoological documentary crew who explore an abandoned town in search of a lake monster get more than they bargain for when doppelgangers and flesh-dissolving tentacle monsters emerge from a wormhole in a deserted town and eat everyone's faces....
- Release Date: 2015
- Country/Language: USA, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Science Fiction, Found Footage
- Setting: Modern Massachusetts, USA; Delta Green
- Runtime: 1 hr ? min
- Starring: Christina Amaral, Jack Anthony, Kevin Barbare
- Director: Brian Paulin
- Writer: Brian Paulin
- Producer/Production Co: Morbid Vision Films
- View Trailer: (link)
- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: not rated (equivalent to an "R" rating for language and "hypergore"....)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)
Seems to have been consciously modeled on stereotypical "Lovecraftian" cosmic horror, with weird, goopy tentacle-monsters crossing over a gateway between worlds to corrupt this world. There's really not much plot beyond that - the movie (apparently cobbled together from three related short films) starts with an introduction involving a cryptozoological "monster hunt" for a lake monster that leads to the film crew getting hired to film the main cosmic horror story about an abandoned town, before concluding with an extended showcase for gore effects. Light on plot and resolution, but it might fit the bill for anyone looking for a low-budget, gory, "Lovecraftian", found-footage creature-feature that might not commonly appear on lists of "Lovecraftian" horror films.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Y.Whateley - 2/5 - The inventive low-budget gore effects are the star of this do-it-yourself amateur found-footage film; it's a bit light on plot, the tiny cast appear to be mostly amateur actors (and one suspects that in addition to acting, they all did double- and triple-duty as the special effects team, directors, producers, writers, camera and sound crew, craft services, etc.) It's not a horribly bad film, especially for an amateur-budget "Blair Witch" rip-off, but it does have its occasional moments that hint at some rough talent in the effects, filmography, direction, and production.
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A cryptozoological documentary crew who explore an abandoned town in search of a lake monster get more than they bargain for when doppelgangers and flesh-dissolving tentacle monsters emerge from a wormhole in a deserted town and eat everyone's faces....
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
- Crowd-Funded via IndiGoGo, Cryptic Plasm was originally started as a web series of short paranormal videos. Four videos were created before it was decided to scrap the web series and write three of the stories into a full length feature movie. Once the script was put together the movie became much larger in scale and became more of an H.P. Lovecraft inspired piece expanding into the realms of wormholes and cosmic entities. The title wasn't decided on until half way through filming.
Associated Mythos Elements
- tome: ? (I believe one appears during the exorcism scene)
- race: Tentacle Monsters
- There's not much original plot here to build an inventive scenario from on its own, but the off-limits abandoned town in the middle of nowhere might provide an interesting setting, while the amateur-cryptozoology-show-cast-and-crew premise might make a good hook for at least a one-shot modern scenario....