I'm creating pages for "Lovecraftian" films and television series - the following red YSDC wiki links point to pages that do not yet exist; someone else can feel free to do any of the following - just let me know so I don't start working on them at the same time:
- Spectre (1977 film)
- Bird Box (2018 film)
- Higher Power (2018 film) When the Universe decides what it wants, it's pointless to resist. With his family's life at stake, Joseph Steadman finds himself the unwilling test subject of a maniacal scientist in a battle that could save the world, or destroy it. Trailer: (link) IMDb: (link) * Review by Michael Ruben at Blue-RaydotCom (3/5 Stars) (link) * Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2.5/5 Stars) (link) * Review by Mark N. Turner at Digital Views (link) * Joseph Wade at Front Row Central (3.5/5 Stars) (link)
- The Devil Commands (1941 film) (Trailer) (Wikipedia), (IMDB) Video Review by G.L. Josh (link) Review at The Telltale Mind (4/5) (link) Review by Stacia Jones at She Blogged by Night (link) Review by Chris Justice at Classic Horror (link) Review by Mitch Lovell at The Video Vaccuum (2.5 Stars) (link) Review by Michael Popham at The Horror Incorporated Project (link) Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2.5/5 Stars) (link) Review by Brian Schuck at Films From Beyond the Time Barrier (link) Review by Janne Wass At SciFist (6/10) (link)
- Cave of the Living Dead (1964 film) (AKA Night of the Vampires), IMDb (link), Review/Discussion at the Time Shifters Podcast (link), Review by 'CJ' at Digital Retribution (3/5) (link), Review by 'MonsterHunter' at MonsterHunter Movie Reviews (link), Review by Brian Schuck at Films from Beyond The Time Barrier (link), Review by George R. Reis at DVD Drive-In (link), Review by Mitch Lovell at The Video Vacuum (2 Stars) (link),
- The Undead (1957 film) (Full movie) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Video Review by Joe Dante at Trailers from Hell (link) Review by Justin McKinney at The Bloody Pit of Horror (3/4 Stars) (link) Review by Andrew Pragsam at The Spinning Image (7/10 Stars) (link) Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link)
- Embryo (1976 film) (Trailer) (Full movie) Review/Discussion at The Orphaned Entertainment Podcast (2.5 Stars) (link) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Review at The Terror Trap (2.5 Stars) (link) Review by Graeme Clark at The Spinning Image (4/10 Stars) (link) Review by Review by Liz Kingsley at And You Call Yourself A Scientist! (link) Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (1/5 Stars) (link) Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link) Review by Andy Webb at The Movie Scene (3/5 Stars) (link)
- The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936 film) (Full movie) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3/5 Stars) (link) Review by Alfred Eaker at 366 Weird Movies (link) Review by Mitch Lovell at The Video Vacuum (3 Stars) (link) Review by Richard Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link) Review by Janne Wass at Scifist (7/10) (link)
- The Projected Man (1966 film) A scientist experimenting with matter transmission from place to place by means of a laser beam suddenly decides to use himself as a test specimen. But the process goes awry... IMDb: (link), Wikipedia: (link), Trailer: (link), Mark Cole at Rivets on the Poster (Includes a link to a deliberately degraded rip of the full film on Youtube) (link), Mitch Lovell at The Video Vacuum (2 Stars)(link), Brian Schuck at Films From Beyond The Time Barrier (link), Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link)
- The Stuff (1985 film) (Trailer) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Review by Roger Ebert at RogerEbertdotcom (1 star)(link) Review by Bruce Kooken at HorrorNewsdotnet (link) Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3.5/5 Stars) (link)
- Estranged (2015 film) (Trailer) (IMDB) Review by Rob Aldam at Backseat Mafia (link) Review by David Brook at Blueprint: Review (3/5 Stars) (link) Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3/5 Stars) (link) Review by Dennis Schwartz at Ozus' World Movie Reviews (B-) (link)
- Door to the Other Side (2016 film) (Trailer) (IMDb), Review at Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life (7/10) (Link), Review by Stephen Abell at Absolute Horror Film Critique (Link), Review by Richard Schieb at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (Link), Review by Dave Wain at The Schlock Pit (Includes reviews of two other films) (Link), Review by Phil Wheat at Nerdly (Link), Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (Link)
- The Interior (2015 film) (trailer) (IMDb) Review by Jay Clarke at The Horror Section (link), Review by Kurt Halfyard at Screen Anarchy (link), Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link), Review by Amanda Waltz at The Film Stage (B-) (link), Review by Jason Widdington at Quiet Earth (link) - "Comparisons to The Blair Witch Project are inevitable with a horror film set in the forest, and normally that would be a fair comparison. Make no mistake, though: The Interior is a unique psychological horror film that seemingly leaves a lot of things open to interpretation. The initial reaction as the film ends might be I don't get it..."
- Images (1972 film) (Trailer) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Review at The Terror Trap (2.5 Stars) (link) Review by Graeme Clark at The Spinning Image (6/10 Stars) (link) Review by Roger Ebert at Rogerebertdotcom (3 Stars) (link) Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3.5/5 Stars) (link) Review by Richard Winters at Scopophilia: Movies of the 60's,70's,80's (8/10) (link) Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.
- Lake Eerie (2016 film) IMDb (link), Wikipedia (link), Review by Sean Evans at Back to the Movies (link), Review by Ken Kastenhuber at McBastards Mausoleum (2/5) (link), Review by Douglas Kent at The Whining Kent Pigs (link), Review by Amber Neko at Nerd Squadron (6.5/10) (link), Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) A young widow moves into an old house on Lake Erie to recover from the sudden loss of her husband; however, she soon discovers a dark secret and that she is not alone.
- Island at the Top of the World (1974 film) (Trailer) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Review by Mark Brown at My Live Action Disney Project (link) Review by Mark Hodgeson at Black Hole Reviews (link) Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (4/5 Stars) (link) Review by Andy Webb at The Movie Scene (3/5 Stars) (link)
- Blood Tide (1982 film) (Full Movie) (IMDb) Video Review by Killerrodan (Link) Video Review by Junkyard Breadfruit (Link) Review at A Side Order of Ninja's (link) Review at 80's Horror Central (0/5) (link) Review by Chris Beaumont at Critical Outcast (1/5) (Link) Review by Nate Decker at Million Monkey Reviews (Link) Review by Josh Morgan at Quick Horror Movie Review (4/10) (Link) Review by Paghat the Ratgirl at Wild Realm Reviews (Link) Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (Link) Jack Somersby at EFilmCritic (2 Stars) (Link) Review by Charles Tatum at Charles Tatum's Review Archive (3/5) (Link) - "All in all, I liked "Bloodtide." Where else will you hear the beautiful Deborah Shelton warble the end credits song ..., or see James Earl Jones in a scuba wet suit...then again, THAT is scary."
- The White Reindeer (1952 film)
- Alraune (1928 film), plus 1952 remake (1928 version) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Review by C. Hooper Trask at The New York Times (link)Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5) (link) Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link) Review by Janne Wass at SciFist (4/10) (link) Review by Rusty White at Rusty White's Film World (link) (1952 Version) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Review at A Side Order of Ninjas (link) Review by Michael Den Boer at 10,000 Bullets (link) Review by David Cairns at MUBIdotcom (link) Review by Justin McKinney at The Bloody Pit of Horror (2.5/4 Stars) (link) Review by Dennis Schwartz at Ozus' World Movie Reviews (B-) (link) Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link)
- Satanic Cult Movies; some of these might cross over into Folk Horror, others with Voodoo movies:
- Weird Woman (1944 film) (adaptation of "Conjurer Wife"?) (Trailer) (IMDb) Video Review by Joe Dante at Trailers from Hell (link) Review by Graeme Clark at The Spinning Image (6/10 Stars) (link) Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link)
- Night of the Eagle (1962 film)
- Devil's Hand (1962 film) (Full movie) (Wikipedia) (IMDb) Review at A Side Order of Ninjas (link) Review by D for Doom at Cult Movie Reviews (link) Review by Paghat the Ratgirl at Wild Realm Reviews (link) Review by Josh at Quick Horror Movie Reviews (5/10) (link) Review by Michael Den Boer at 10,000 Bullets (link) Review by Dennis Schwartz at Ozus' World Movie Reviews (B-) (link) Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link)
- Thirsty Dead (1974 film) (Full movie) (IMDb) Review by Ryne Barber at The Moon is a Dead World (link) Review by Mitch Lovell at The Video Vacuum (2 Stars) (link) Review by Joseph A. Ziemba at Bleeding Skull! (link)
- Satan's School for Girls (1973 film)
- Enter the Devil (1972 film) Full Movie (link) IMDb (link) Review by Adam Bezecny at The Liberal Dead (link), Review by Dave Sindelar at Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings (link), Review by Joseph A Ziemba at Bleeding Skull (link)
- The Initiation of Sarah (1978 film) & 2006 remake (IMDb (1978)) (IMDb (2006) Review of the 1978 version at Kindertrauma (link), Review of the 1978 version by Brett Gallman (link), Review of the 1978 version by Justin McKinney (2/4 Stars) (link), Review of the 1978 version by Amanda Reyes (link), Review of the 1978 version by Richard Schieb (2/5 Stars) (link), Review of the 2006 version by Amanda Reyes (link), Review of the 2006 version by Richard Schieb (2/5 Stars) (link)
- Bay Cove (1987 film) - (Trailer) (Full movie) (IMDb) Video Review by Chuck Dowling (link) Review by Colon Foxworth at Flick Notes (2/5 Stars) (link) Review by Mitch Lovell at The Video Vacuum (2.5 Stars) (link) Review by Stacey Ponder at Final Girl (link) Review by Amanda Reyes at Made for TV Mayhem (link)
- Necromancy (1972 film) The head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith needs the powers of a woman to raise his son from the dead.
- The Witches (1966 film) Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.
Monsters and Great Old Ones
I'll be working on filling out the occasional monster and GOO pages getting collected here: (Category:Wiki_Cleanup)
Before doing so, I'll go through the list of GOOs and mark the skimpy pages for Cleanup/Expansion.
I still need to do something with the most recent "Monster Makeover" results (Tree Men of M'bwa and Old Solar System Mercury) and post the next Makeover.
Finish these some day:
- In the future, I may create pages for individual Lovecraft stories.
- setting: Weird West
- setting: Weird World War
- setting: Witchwood (setting) (a folk horror setting)
- setting: Stephen King Country (Maine, Bachman Mills, Bangor, Portland, Castle Rock, Derry, Jerusalem's Lot, Collinsport, etc.)
- setting: Hollow Earth, a collection of such locations from Lovecraftian and Pulp lore (Yoth, K'n-yan, N'kai, Cave World, Vaults of Zinn, Pnath, Pallucidar, Darklands, etc.)
- setting: Cthulhu Icarus, a near-future space setting (it's a scenario, too, I believe, more so than a setting)
- setting: Cthulhu End Times, a post-apocalyptic setting
- setting: Thurian Age, prehistoric age from before the fall of Atlantis
- setting: Hyborian Age, prehistoric age following the fall of Atlantis
- the "Daylands" - the so-called "waking world", as opposed to the Dreamlands
- character: Nephren-Ka
- setting: Seven Planes
- Elemental Plane
- Material Plane
- Astral Plane (including the major regions of The Astral Depths, and the Dreamlands and Summerlands, the latter simply being "dreamlands" constructed by self-proclaimed astral "gods" to serve as their pitiable personal "heavens" within their arrested development upon the Astral Plane (the "Dreamlands" may be considered to be a subset of the "Summerlands")
- Causal Plane; Cthulhu as a deceived and insane guru; Nyarlathotep as a malevolent and broken dreamer
- Outer Planes - the three outer planes have been semi-arbitrarily paired up with Yog-Sothoth, Azathoth, and Shub-Niggurath for "branding"/"theming" purposes (the actual Theosophical/Spiritualist/Mystic characterizations are actually not very far off from the theming for those three GOOs - only Shub-Niggurath really requires any awkward shoehorning, and even that is minor); these entities as anthropomorphized rules-sets of physics upon their respective planes, or as stereotyped ascended entities native to those planes....
- setting: "Old Solar System" Cthulhu
- Mercury: a "Makeover" thread exists but didn't go far; my brother is currently helping to flesh out this setting from an outsider's perspective! His Mercury is apparently running with a dark Industrial variation on the traditional dictatorship theme, starting with a ruthless industrialist's attempts at exploiting the world's resources for his own selfish reasons, and includes a unique new (and thoroughly alien) race native to this planet....
- Venus: on the back-burner for a while; Venus as a sub-setting will expand on the Jungle Gothic theme used by Lovecraft and Kenneth J. Sterling in "In the Walls of Eryx (fiction)"... Sfanamoe (Venus), a jungle/swamp world as described in In the Walls of Eryx"
- Mars and Martian, the Dreamlands of Barsoom; may still need clean-up (it just sort of seemed to naturally grow on me); builds on the "dying world"/"angry planet" theme of Barsoom, War of the Worlds, etc.
- Thyoph (TBD) - Thyoph and the Belt (Thyoph is a world said to have existed between Mars and Jupiter, now destroyed, with only the asteroid belt remaining)
- Jupiter (TBD) - Ylidiomph (Jupiter) (AKA Mhaggalok); its moons moons include: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto; "fourth moon" (Callisto?) inhabited by Insect Philosophers
- Saturn (TBD) - Cykranosh (Saturn), population: Bhlemphroims, moons include: Titan
- Uranus (TBD) - L'gy'hx (Uranus) and its moons (including Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, Oberon)
- Neptune (TBD) - Yaksh (Neptune) and its moons (including Triton)
- Yuggoth (TBD) - twin worlds Yuggoth and Nithon, and distant Kynarth on the outer rim (Pluto, Charon, and beyond)
- Places: Category:Mythos:Locations
It looks like many of the scenarios have "red links" for monsters, tomes, locations, GOOs, cults, and organizations, some of which are unique to those scenarios (or their authors' other works). I may try to fill some of those red links, but feel free to add them yourself if you get to them first.
- (none right now)
Films - Catalogued
- See the Catalogued section of: Films Big Dumb List
I've finished updating these scenario pages, feel free to provide further editing and reviews:
- D20 CoC (2002):
- Cthulhu Dark Ages (2004):
- Dreamlands: Role-Playing Beyond the Wall of Sleep (2004):
- Halloween Horror (2005):
- Halloween Horror 2 (2006):
- Halloween Horror Returns (2007):
- The Bride of Halloween Horror (2008):
- Plan 09 From Halloween (2009):
- Dead Leaves Fall and Other Halloween Horrors (2011):
- Pulp Cthulhu:
- Dead Light:
- Alone Against the Flames:
- Cold Harvest:
- Keeper's Screen:
- Nameless Horrors:
An Amaranthine Desire A Message of Art And Some Fell on Stony Ground Bleak Prospect The Moonchild The Space Between
- Expanded on categorization by "Setting" and "Style" (for example, it would seem that Dream scenarios are as much a departure from Purist CoC style as Pulp scenarios, depending on the Group's opinion of Dream scenarios; Dreamlands-based scenarios are a setting all of their own; etc.)
- I should expect that Combat-Heavy scenarios are similarly a stylistic departure from traditional investigation-based scenarios, but I haven't decided whether to single these out as a Style yet.
- new category for scenarios set in schools (location-based scenarios)
- new category scenarios set in Japan (places)
- New Venue Category: Farms
- New Venue Category: Restaurants
- Created categories for Sthood (a Dreamlands deity).
- New categories for a few eras (Invictus, 18th and 19th centuries, etc.; surprisingly these did not already exist, but there don't seem to have been too many Colonial American or Imperial Roman scenarios archived in any great detail in the Wiki until I started documenting some of Halloween scenarios that use off-beat settings.)
- New category for scenarios, Venue: Library
- a few new scenario categories (mystic, witchcraft, birth/parenthood, mutant, investigators are homeless, Tillinghast Resonator artifact scenarios, Crawley scenarios, Proto-Lovecraftian scenarios, etc.)
- Body Snatchers
- Child of Chaat
- Crow Person
- Deep One (picture and quotes, still needs work); added Illustration for Deep Ones (taken from a creepy old woodcut)
- The Drowners
- Men in Black
- Troll Cats (to be a catch-all for "Familiar")
- Serpent People
- Tree-Men of M'bwa
- Dark Ones
- "Frazetta Man" - such wild-men as Gnophkeh, Voormi, etc.
- Gnophkeh (picture only, still needs work)
- Voormis (picture only, still needs work)
- Worms of the Earth (Race)
- Human Cultist (still "needs" for me to complete the build-your-own-generic-cult generation tables)
- Added or expanded the pages for numerous creature races and lesser-known Great Old Ones.
Supplemental materials and rulebooks:
- H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands will need further work
- Pulp Cthulhu
- Call of Cthulhu Starter Set
- Free Quick Start
Great Old Ones:
- Nug and Yeb
- Knygathin Zhaum
- Shadowman (inspired by the "Slenderman Mythos")
- character: Nitocris
- A new page for Gloon.
- Red Room Cabal
- Pure Heart Society of Benevolence
- Fellowship Within the Water
- Esoteric Order of Dagon
- Dark Order of Baphomet
- Created a page about Halloween, mainly to answer the question of why cultists would choose to perform spells and rituals on Halloween (which has quickly become a good question, considering the number of Halloween scenarios I've seen so far in documenting the Halloween Monographs!)
- Church of Sunyata
- Midas Circle
Tomes and Artifacts:
- Created an entry for "The Book of the Dark Order of Baphomet"; I took the opportunity to begin sketching in the foundations of a loose Tome template I may use for future entries (based loosely on the entry for the Necronomicon).
- The Book of Eibon
- Book of the Dark Order of Baphomet
- Cthäat Aquadingen
- Cultes des Goules - "Cultes des Goules" (and "Comte d'Erlette"); "Cultes des Goules" was greatly elaborated on.
- De Vermis Mysteriis
- Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, plus organization for Necronomicon
- Non-Occult Books
- Occult Books
- Of Evill Sorceries Done in New-England of Daemons in no Humane Shape
- The Kranorian Annals, Fact or Fallacy?
- The True and Horrifying Confessions of the St. Osyth Witches
- Voynich Manuscript
- Better organization of Occult Books, and added page for Non-Occult Books
- Added some variations of mythos tomes included in a couple of scenarios, and created several pages for new tomes.
- Saaamaaa Ritual, Sigsand Manuscript, Incantation of Raaee
- Garder's Lectures and Harzan's Monograph
- Pow-Wows; or, Long Lost Friend
- Power of the Universe
- Tillinghast Report
- Tarot Cards (rules) and Spirit Board (rules) (after rules suggested in scenario "The Moonchild")
- Mu: A Scientific Approach to Enlightenment
- The Exegesis of Ralph L. Chandler
- Bradley Recordings
- Butchery (band)
Settings and Locations:
- setting: "Cthulhu BERG" - 1960s UK ("British Experimental Rocket Group"), borrowing a bit from Quatermass; article is started, but needs some TLC from someone who knows British science fiction better than I do....
- setting: Collinsport - a Maine setting based on the original Dark Shadows soap opera, which here is assumed to co-exist with Stephen King's fictional small towns in Maine (Salem's Lot, Derry, etc.); article is started, but needs some TLC from someone who remembers Dark Shadows better than I (I saw it off and on back in the 1970s and 1980s, but remember very little)
- setting: Stephen King Country sites: Derry, and Jerusalem's Lot
- Ye Olde Standing Stones - a generic location for cultists to perform rituals
- What do you know? "Foxfield" is a Lovecraft creation, one I'd never heard of before, used in one of the scenarios I synopsed(?). I was unable to find the map Lovecraft was said to have drawn, but I suspect the map included in the scenario is probably at least based on it, so I created a cheap imitation. (Anyone with access to a copy of Lovecraft's original can feel free to replace my poor drawing, if there's no problem with copyright on Lovecraft's original.)
- Redirects for "Hyborea", "Hyborean" to "Hyperborea".
- Details about town of Aylesbury.
- Added illustrations for the Corbitt House ("The Haunting"), and lighthouse for "Erne Rock", plus additional illustrations and alternate floor plans for buildings that have appeared in the first couple Halloween Monographs (I "built" the houses in 3D using The Sims 3, and posed them for screenshots).
- Built and uploaded screenshots of the MU "Miskatonic University English Department", based roughly on a design included in one of the scenarios I looked at ("The Faculty Party"). Seems like the basic floor-plans could be re-used for any generic University classroom building, and might come in useful in other scenarios.
- Created redirects for "Orne Library" and "Orne library" (they point to Miskatonic University (Location)).
- Added, organized, and cited Miskatonic University staff and books in the Orne Library, making heavy changes to Miskatonic University (Location).
- I contacted the author of one of the scenarios to see about including "lost" background information on the Village of Sogailraugh; it should be OK to include a link to the website that is hosting the supplemental information, and provide a map key.
- city of Crawley
- Setting: Seven Planes, the Other Side, Astral Plane, Causal Plane
I'm pretty sure there aren't too many genuinely "Lovecraftian" horror or science-fiction stories left for me to catalogue; really, at this point, I'm just dragging in very peripheral films. After cataloguing a handful of documentaries, I'll get started on a rather large list of short films; there are a LOT of them, and more every day.
I don't intend to be as thorough with these (that way lies only madness and futility!), and my priority will be on cataloguing those that are directly based on Lovecraft stories, and I'll be a lot more likely to ignore suggestions for short films that are only vaguely "Lovecraftian" at best, and a lot less likely to go out of my way to find new ones.
Really, Lovecraft has moved from a subculture interest into pop-culture kitsch in the internet age, and one can barely move through YouTube without bumping into a dozen home-made Lovecraftian shorts, often in the form of audio books or fan lectures half-heartedly illustrated with random pictures collected from DeviantArt, with few of the results being very noteworthy, let alone good. Additionally, more are being made all the time, with new ones appearing faster than I can keep up with.
I'll probably miss a lot of good Lovecraftian shorts I've never seen as a result of my refusal to play whack-a-mole with them, but there's no rule that says that I have to get them all - this is a wiki, there are, after all, other editors out there, and no reason they can't add their own favorite short films wherever I've missed some.