Grab the popcorn, because I’ve added five movies to the “Mike’s Recommended Lovecraftian Movies” page! Here they are:
THE BANSHEE CHAPTER [streaming, DVD] On the trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young journalist – aided by a rogue counter-culture writer — finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin. A fast-paced thriller blending fact and fiction, Banshee Chapter is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA.
EUROPA REPORT [streaming, DVD] A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean.
THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN [streaming, DVD] A photographer propelled to explore his dark side begins tracking a subway serial killer whose brutal butchery makes for the most nightmarish images ever captured on camera in director Ryuhei Kitamura’s adaptation of a short story by horror heavyweight Clive Barker. Leon Kaufman (Bradley Cooper) is just another struggling photographer in search of the perfect subject. Encouraged to explore the sinister side of humanity by a prominent art gallery proprietor (Brooke Shields) who is set to display his upcoming debut, Leon goes against the wishes of his girlfriend, Maya (Leslie Bibb), and begins stalking notorious serial killer Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) — whose sadistic murder spree has been making headlines all across the country. As Leon’s fascination with Mahogany gradually grows into obsession, his descent into the killer’s putrid world of murder begins to corrupt his soul while simultaneously dragging his concerned girlfriend down a perverse path of darkness from which there is no return.
PROMETHEUS [streaming, DVD] A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
YELLOWBRICKROAD [streaming, DVD] In the Fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, NH abandoned their homes and walked up an ancient trail, never to be seen alive again. Their fates have remained a mystery for over 70 years, until a team of researchers discover the trailhead and attempt to track the path the doomedcitizens of Friar took. Yellowbrickroad is a return to the slow burn, character driven horror thrillers of the 1970s.
See the complete list of Lovecraftian movies I recommend here.
Realy nice selection! I must see “Midnight Meat Train”. I would also add “The Theatre Bizarre” in wich one of the short stories called “Mother of Toads” is a loose adaptation of a Clark Ashton Smith supernatural horror story. Another good one might be “Dreamcatcher” by Donnie Wahlberg.
Love love love Yellowbrickroad.
Thanks for adding them (and for the comments).
I noted down “The Banshee Chapter” from the 25 top horror stories podcast.
About “The Midnight Meat Train” I would recommend the tale because its ending is different, I preffered it, and somehow reminded me of the ending of Poe’s “The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym”.
Loved The Midnight Meat Train, and Europa Report!
Just a reminder that Europa Report was written by Philip Gelatt who is one of the hosts of The Double Shadow: A Clark Ashton Smith Podcast. Synergy!
Good selection! I’ve seen them all except The Banshee Chapter, and I agree that they belong in this category. Europa Report was not particularly scary, but it definitely had a weird vibe, and was beautiful to look at. Yellow Brick Road was creepy in that “I want to look over my shoulder but am afraid of what I might see” kind of way.
For a future update, may I recommend Dead Birds and Red Sands, both by director Alex Turner?
Hi, Mike. I haven’t seen those… I’ll check ’em out! Thanks.