Artemis 81 (1981 film)

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Artemis 81 AKA Artemis '81 (1981)


The epic battle for the future of mankind is fought between an angel of light and an angel of death.


  • Release Date: 1981
  • Country/Language: UK, English Welsh and Scottish Gaelic
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Sci-fi, Drama, made-for-TV
  • Setting: 1980s UK and Dreamlands
  • Runtime: 3 hr 5 min
  • Starring: Hywel Bennett, Dinah Stabb, Dan O'Herlihy, Sting
  • Director: Alastair Reid
  • Writer: David Rudkin
  • Producer/Production Co: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • View Film: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (not rated, but appears to be roughly TV-PG for mild Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

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

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

I've not watched this film, but at a glance there doesn't seem to be anything overtly "Lovecraftian" in it; the characters apparently travel between dimensions or worlds or times in some under-stated way, and the beast "Magog" and the two "angelic" beings might be construed as "Lovecraftian" Great Old Ones in some manner; apparently a strange Pagan artefact (at least one viewer suggests a resemblance to Chaugnar Faugn) looted from Denmark breaks up in its journey to England and drives the people around it to madness and suicide. The vaguely baffled reviews I've read, which mention the dream-like dialogue, plot, settings, and imagery, suggest this might fit well in the loose category I've been referring to as "Eldritch Location" films (which contains a number of more or less surreal art/experimental horror and fantasy/sci-fi films)....

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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The epic battle for the future of mankind is fought between an angel of light and an angel of death.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • TO DO
  • deity: Magog (a beast which will destroy the world)
  • deity: Helith (a good angel)
  • deity: Asrael (an evil angel)
  • artefact: grotesque statue (one reviewer compared it to Chaugnar Faugn)

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