Professor Peabody's Last Lecture (1971 short)

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A skeptical Miskatonic University professor gives a lecture on ancient cults that turn out to be real.


  • Release Date: 1971
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Comedy, Horror
  • Runtime:  ? min
  • Starring: Carl Reiner
  • Director: Jerrold Freedman
  • Writer: Jack Laird, H.P. Lovecraft (quoted material)
  • Producer/Production Co: Jack Laird, Rod Serling
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MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (none) (equivalent to a G)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SSS__ (Three Tentacles: Lovecraftian)

Though a very short humorous parody produced on a bare-bones budget, the content of this vignette is surprisingly faithful to Lovecraft's work, though the plot itself is more of a parody of a generic Lovecraft pastiche (someone in a magic class at Miskatonic University reads from the Necronomicon and comedy ensues). "Lovecraft" appears in the perhaps mean-spirited form of an annoying but enthusiastic student with a severe speech impediment, alongside "Bloch" and "Derleth". The vignette is mostly disposable, though the professor's dramatic reading of the Necronomicon is fun and might make a nice sample for a Lovecraftian song. (The eerie Richard Matheson story from the same episode, "Big Surprise", is worth checking out, too.)

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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A skeptical Miskatonic University professor gives a lecture on ancient cults that turn out to be real.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

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  • name-dropping:
  • characters - students were named after:
  • family: Paebody
  • tome: Necronomicon
  • location: Misakatonic University
  • quote:
    • Professor Paebody recites Lovecraft's "The History of the Necronomicon (fiction)"
    • Professor Paebody reads Lovecraft's quote from the Necronomicon (found in The Dunwich Horror (fiction)): "Nor is it to be thought that man is either the oldest or the last of earth's masters, or that the common bulk of life and substance walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, they walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen. Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They had trod earth's fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread. By Their smell can men sometimes know Them near, but of Their semblance can no man know, saving only in the features of those They have begotten on mankind; and of those are there many sorts, differing in likeness from man's truest eidolon to that shape without sight or substance which is Them. They walk unseen and foul in lonely places where the Words have been spoken and the Rites howled through at their Seasons. The wind gibbers with Their voices, and the earth mutters with Their consciousness. They bend the forest and crush the city, yet may not forest or city behold the hand that smites. Kadath in the cold waste hath known Them, and what man knows Kadath? The ice desert of the South and the sunken isles of Ocean hold stones whereon Their seal is engraver, but who hath seen the deep frozen city or the sealed tower long garlanded with seaweed and barnacles? Great Cthulhu is Their cousin, yet can he spy Them only dimly. Iä! Shub-Niggurath! As a foulness shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold. Yog-Sothoth is the key to the gate, whereby the spheres meet. Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again."

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