Tag Archive | H. P. Lovecraft

The Underrated: Castle Freak

Recently, for reasons I can’t really put my finger on, I decided that the answer to my current mood with films was to attempt to watch every film made by Stuart Gordon. Now, don’t ask me why I decided to set out on such a foolish quest, but I seem to remember it having something to do with H. P. Lovecraft and that of the very few successful adaptations out there of his work, Gordon has done 2 of them. I originally, arrogantly, said that the sum total of good Lovecraft Adaptations was one: Re-Animator, which barely counts as a Lovecraft-sourced work. However, since then, I’ve seen both From Beyond and now Castle Freak and both of which are, much to my surprise, excellent.

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Jarv’s Schlock Vault: Beyond Re-Animator

That 3 Years I spent in solitary…. I did some of my very best work!

Jarv’s Rating: Two and a Half Changs out  of Four. While the law of diminishing returns is definitely kicking in with the Re-Animator series, there’s still much more to like here than dislike.

I’m feeling both extremely pleased and extremely cross with myself. Pleased because as of this morning  I have now completed the Re-Animator series and am approaching completion in both 100% Stuart Gordon (and brilliantly now also 100% Brian Yuzna), which is, let’s face it, a billion times better than the 100% PWS Anderson that I accidentally managed last month. However, I’m cross with myself because this is easily the best non-Evil Dead horror trilogy that I’ve seen and I should have epic reviewed it in Frank and Droid style. Moreover, I’m actually cross with the world in general, because there isn’t a Re-Animator Box Set available. Why the fuck not? I really want to buy it, and I think it would sit proudly on my shelf with the Pot of Gore, Attack Pack and Evil Dead collections. Read More…

Jarv’s Schlock Vault: From Beyond

It ate him… bit off his head… like a gingerbread man!

Jarv’s Rating: 3 Changs out of 4. Considering that this is based on H.P. Lovecraft, it really is a fantastic monster movie with a splendid beast, boob, gore and general giggles. And I thought that it couldn’t be done.

I feel a bit silly now. In the Re-Animator review the other day, I said that it wasn’t possible to adapt Lovecraft to the big screen, and that Re-Animator was the closest anyone could get and only managed it by taking enormous liberties with the source material. In my defence, I hadn’t seen From Beyond at the time, and I wasn’t even aware that it was a Lovecraft Adaptation. Still, ignorance is no excuse, and I would like to say that I’ve learnt a valuable lesson from this, but that would be a flagrant lie. I clearly haven’t.

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