A Voice in the Night (1958 short)
After shipwreck survivors manage to struggle ashore on a desert island, they discover that the menacing fungus that covers everything on the island begins to grow on them.
- Release Date: 1958
- Country/Language: USA, English, made-for-TV (anthology), black-and-white
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Drama
- Setting: Gaslight or Classic
- Runtime: 52 min
- Starring: Barbara Rush, James Donald, Patrick Macnee
- Director: Arthur Hiller
- Writer: William Hope Hodgson (story), Stirling Silliphant (teleplay)
- Producer/Production Co: National Broadcasting Company (NBC), Revue Studios, Shamley Productions, Joan Harrison, Alfred Hitchcock
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- Rated: not rated (equivalent of a TV-G)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)
Based on one of the stories of Lovecraft influence William Hope Hodgson; the story, though gloomy in outlook and suitably loaded with body horror, isolation, anxiety, horror, and nasty Gothic secrets, is not very Lovecraftian, though still an interesting look into the sort of story that Lovecraft would have enjoyed reading; this made-for-TV adaptation no doubt adds a romantic subplot that might not have been in the original story (which this cataloger has not yet read), but it's unobtrusive and actually seems to add to the oppressive atmosphere, bleak ending, and the dark secrets that seem to fit the outcome quite well: if the subplot is an addition from the screenplay writers, it was a good one. Based on the other adaptation of this story which I have seen, Matango: The Mushroom People (1963 film), this short film seems likely to be a reasonably faithful (and perhaps very faithful) adaptation of the original story.
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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Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
- fiction: "A Voice in the Night (fiction)" by William Hope Hodgson
- film: Matango: The Mushroom People (1963 film) a later, colour, full-length Japanese adaptation of the story