The other day, I posted a list of fan-created Lovecraftian movies that are on Youtube. After that, I realized that there are quite a few studio movies on Youtube, free to watch, as well. Most of these didn’t make my “Best Lovecraftian-themed movies” list, but I enjoyed them, in a B movie sort of way.
Watch them below! As always, if I’ve missed any, please let me know by commenting below.
(Check out my list of recommended Lovecraftian movies here. Watch fan-created Lovecraftian movies here.)
City of the Dead (AKA Horror Hotel) (1960) – Full Movie
Starring Christopher Lee! A young coed uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England. Her professor recommends that she spend her time in a small village called Whitewood. He originally cam from that village so he also recommends she stay at the “Raven’s Inn,” run by a Mrs. Newlis. She gets to the village and notices some weird happenings, but things begin to happen in earnest when she finds herself “marked” for sacrifice…
Cthulhu (2007) – Full Movie
Cthulhu is a 2007 American horror movie, directed by Dan Gildark and co-written by Grant Cogswell and Daniel Gildark. The film is loosely based on the short story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” (1936) by H. P. Lovecraft. The film moves the story from New England to the Pacific Northwest. The film is notable for having a gay protagonist. Screenwriter Grant Cogswell explained that he and Gildark chose to exploit the metaphor for the horror faced by a gay person returning for a relative’s funeral and having to face the horrors of small-town life.
Dagon (2001) – Full Movie
Directed by Stuart Gordon. A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they should discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.
The Haunted Palace (1963) – Full Movie
Starring Vincent Price and Lon Chaney! Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.
Horror Express (1972) – Full Movie
Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing! In 1906, in China, Professor Alexander Saxton discovers an ancient frozen fossil in the remote Province of Szechuan. He brings the remains of the being in a box to Shanghai and boards a trans-Siberian train, where he meets his acquaintance Dr. Wells. During the trip, a life force trapped in the frozen creature is released, killing and stealing the memories of the passengers.
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008) – Full Movie (documentary)
An awesome documentary. A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.
Lurking Fear (1994) – Full Movie
The town of Leffert’s Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there are only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of her sister. But when John Martense turns up to claim his illicit family fortune, with bad guys in pursuit, the last stand had become a lot more complicated.
Messiah of Evil (1973) – Full Movie
A small coastal town in California is the setting for an odd, creepy story. When Arletty (Marianna Hill) arrives, looking for her father, she quickly learns little is as it seems. Beneath the idyllic seaside village, a rot has begun to take hold. Folks speak in guarded, awkward tones, they spend endless hours on the beach at night, staring off into the ocean. Some have even developed a taste for raw meat. (From Classic-Horror.com)
Necronomicon (1993) – Full Movie
This anthology is divided into four segments: “The Library” which is the wraparound segment involving Lovecraft’s research into the Book of The Dead and his unwitting release of a monster and his writing of the following horror segments “The Drowned”, “The Cold”, and “Whispers”.
Prince of Darkness (1987) – Full Movie
Directed by John Carpenter. A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.
Re-Animator (1985) – Full Movie
Directed by Stuart Gordon. A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
Beyond Re-Animator (2003) – Full Movie
A dozen years later we find West is an inmate at a forbidding old prison. In spite of his incarceration, West has been continuing his re-animation research, using rats and mice for subjects, and electrocuting them with a special jerry-rigged apparatus. West has now identified an electrical phenomenon # the NEE # which is discharged from the brain at the moment of death…and which may be the ‘missing link’ in his studies: if the NEE is re-injected into a re-animated Corpse, it should restore the ‘subject’ to full ‘reason’.
The Resurrected (1992) – Full Movie
Charles Dexter Ward’s wife enlists the help of a private detective to find out what her husband is up to in a remote cabin owned by his family for centuries. The husband is a chemical engineer, and the smells from his experiments (and the delivery of what appear to be human remains at all hours) are beginning to arouse the attention of neighbors and local law enforcement officials. When the detective and wife find a diary of the husband’s ancestor from 1771, and reports of gruesome murders in the area begin to surface, they begin to suspect that some very unnatural experiments are being conducted in the old house.
A most excellent post!. Thanks.
I liked “HBO’s “Witch Hunt” with Dennis Hopper as Phil Lovecraft.
Thanks for this. Although the movies are not faithful to the Lovecraft stories, I enjoy any movie Lovecraft based.
Everybody should watch The Haunted Palace because Roger Corman is the king of awesomeness, but also because it has the best evil man cursing people while in the process of being burned alive scene in movie history. But it’s Vincent Price, did you expect it to suck?
And I had the pleasure of watching The Lurking Fear on the big screen at the last Lovecraft Festival. I say pleasure because the only time I’ve laughed harder in a group that big was when I was the MST3K movie in the theatre. The comparison is a valid one. Take from that what you will.
I actually really like Horror Hotel even though it is somewhat dated, but its really not a Lovecraftian movie in my opinion but a pretty much straight witchcraft/Satan thing. You can tell it is really low budget but the scenes in Whitewood (where it always seems to be night) and the Raven’s Inn are truly disturbing. The B&W actually enhances the creepiness. However the lame ending pretty much ruins the whole thing. Watch it for the first 95% of the film.
This film is in the public domain so there are places where you can download it legally.
Wow, good hunting, Mike. I’m surprised so many of these are up on YouTube in their full glory. And there are some great one in that list. Watch ’em quick, people, before the YouTube fun busters take ’em all down.