No great secret here: I am a fan of the work of HP Lovecraft. That’s an easy thing to say these days I guess, if you want to get some kind of credibility in the horror genre, but I find it easy to weed out the real fans. The Fake Ones are all about tossing the name of Cthulhu around, while qualifying his work with a disclaimer that distances themselves from him. “I really love his stuff, but he was so racist …”. It’s the kind of surface-level thinking that shows in “Lovecraftian” fiction peppered throughout the Amazon .99c specials. Throw in The Elder Gods, some tentacles, Cthulhu, and hey presto, a Lovecraft pastiche. Very few people actually get the work of Lovecraft, they only get the pop culture tropes, then hit a brick wall. Fewer still moviemakers get it, but there have been some. There’s an article in me someday that will list my top 5 Lovecraftian movies, but this is a review of 1955’s The Quatermass Xperiment, renamed The Creeping Unknown for the US market, a much more fitting title, I feel.
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