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  • Lovecraft generally, I think, are complete tragedy, because the directors usually ignore the atmosphere that makes the stories of this author special and put a greater emphasis on the excess ketchup blood and the monsters, losing completely the spirit of the literary archetype


    • by Svetoslav Bogdanov

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      The movies based on the works of the great master of horror H.F. Lovecraft generally, I think, are complete tragedy, because the directors usually ignore the atmosphere that makes the stories of this author special and put a greater emphasis on the excess ketchup blood and the monsters, losing completely the spirit of the literary archetype. In this regard, I can say that the movie “The Whisperer in Darkness”, though not perfect, is a step in the right direction. Perhaps this is because the filmmakers are called “Historical Society H.F. Lovecraft” and strive to approach adaptations responsibly and not commercially.

      A few years ago they made the silent film “Call of Cthulhu”, which sought to recreate the story of Lovecraft with the technique of the times in which it was written. Later they approach in the


      same way with their film adaptation of “The Whisperer in Darkness.” Because the story is written in the 30s of the last century, the film is now with “speaking” characters, but remains black and white. However, I think that this does not make it boring at all, but quite on the contrary. So what is it all about?

      Professor Wilmarth is a serious university scientist and specialist in folklore, who looks with ridicule at the claims of the villagers from Vermont, that in the dense forests of this state haunt mysterious creatures who do bad things to people. According to him, the remains of sinister crab creatures spotted in rivers are the product of the superstition of the primitive minds, and people who believe in the supernatural beings are either dupes or knaves. Even the correspondence that Wilmarth leads with the intelligent Mr. Akeley fails to convince him otherwise.

      But things change when the son of Akeley visits Wilmarth and his colleagues and brings to them frightening evidence of the existence of something sinister in Vermont - namely a photo of a carcass of a such disgusting creature. Shortly thereafter Wilmarth receives an invitation from Akeley in which the farmer claims to have made ??contact with what turns about to be aliens and has made a mistake in his conclusions about their intentions. Against the advice of a friend of his, who had studied the cult of Cthulhu and other kinds of weird sects Wilmarth embarks on a journey to Vermont. What he finds out, however, exceedes even his worst nightmares…

      The cast of this film , at least to me is completely unknown ...


      • The Whisperer in Darkness Film
      and are probably some enthusiasts of this strange society of Lovecraft, but this does not prevent them from doing very well with their roles. Matt Foyer, who plays Wilmarth is very convincing in playing the character of a skeptical scientist whose world is falling apart with each revelation of the horrors in Vermont, and Barry Lynch, who plays Akeley made my blood to freeze in my veins when he turns into the dreaded Whisperer in Darkness. Because the film is low-budget, the effects of the crab spawns themselves are not particularly compelling , but because of the smart decision for the film to look as if it is a production of the 30’s, it does not irritate me.

      I feel that it is different, however, with the addition of scenes that have nothing to do with

      the story. The adaptation runs fairly accurately to the middle part of the film, when it becomes a typical American movie with a story of the coming apocalypse, and the main character is doing feats with the aid of a little girl. Even this, however, becomes a plus for this movie of the Lovecraft fans when the cliche is turned upside down in the final part of the movie, which is extremely pessimistic and disgusting even for fans of horror and reminds of another adaptation of Lovecraft - “Dagon” by Stuart Gordon. I think that all this makes “The Whisperer in Darkness” at least for me a great adaptation of the works of the greatest master of horror and one of the best horror movies that have come out in recent years. I really liked it.




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