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The Whisperer in Darkness

The Whisperer in Darkness

Actors: Matt FoyerBarry LynchMatt LaganStephen BlackehartDaniel Kaemon
Written by: H.P. Lovecraft (story), Sean Branney (screenplay), Andrew Leman (screenplay)
Directed by: Sean Branney
Produced by: Sean BranneyAndrew LemanDavid Robertson
Format: Black & White, Subtitled, Deluxe Edition, Dual Disc, NTSC
Run Time: 104 minutes
Where to buy:
HPLHS Bazaar, Arkham Bazaar, and other fine DVD retailers

About the Movie:
Written in 1931, H.P. Lovecraft’s iconic genre-bending tale of suspense and alien terrors is brought to life in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s like Frankenstein, Dracula and King Kong. Using its Mythoscope™ process — a mix of vintage and modern techniques — the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society expands on Lovecraft’s original tale while still bringing you unparalleled authenticity.

Horror and science fiction collide in the adventure of Albert Wilmarth, a folklore professor at Miskatonic University, as he investigates legends of strange creatures rumored to dwell in the most remote mountains of Vermont. Wilmarth’s investigation leads him to a discovery of horrors quite beyond anything he ever imagined, and ends in a desperate attempt to escape the remote New England hills with his life and sanity intact.

The studio that brought you The Call of Cthulhu now presents one of Lovecraft’s weirdest tales as a feature-length talkie starring Matt Foyer as the intrepid folklorist, Albert Wilmarth. Celebrated television and stage star Barry Lynch plays Henry Akeley, supported by an ensemble of outstanding actors. Shot on location in New England and in Hollywood, The Whisperer in Darkness brings Lovecraft’s intense imagination to vivid life in the style of the 1930s.

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Today I am very excited to share my thoughts on The Whisperer in Darkness by HPLHS. I have been impatiently waiting to see the film since our live interview with Sean and Andrew back in 2010. So without further ado, I present the movie and extras through the eyes of a Lovecraft fan – moi. Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

First let me get the geek grrl squees out of the way – THIS MOVIE RULED! What a fun trip. I have seen it three times already and still have not had enough. This is one of those movies I will be showing people for many years to come! Totally worth the wait! *phew* Ok, now that that is out of the way I can talk about this as a critic.

This film was shot as a 1930’s style talkie. If there is one thing the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society is good at, it is creating period pieces and props. All Call of Cthulhu fans are bound to agree with me on this.

I was curious to see how they would make the Mi-Go. Would it be practical, cgi, what was the design going to look like? Oh so many questions. I will tell you this much. They were perfect for the look and feel of the film. (You can learn all about “Creating the Mi-Go” on the special features disc – see movie first to avoid spoilers!)

Who doesn’t love a brain in a jar? For those unfamiliar with the story I will try to leave this as vague as possible. The Mi-Gos had a method of transporting beings from one planet to another. The HPLHS did a beautiful job with this of course.

I bite my nails as I write this review, because this film is so hard to talk about without giving spoilers. So I will now just talk a bit about the practical fx in this picture. Hollywood has such a bad habit of going straight to cgi of late. So it was beautiful to see so much old school work in a film. Shooting in black and white gives you a bit of wiggle room as far as what you can get away with. They made it work. (Again, see special features — but only AFTER you have watched the flick.)

The acting in the movie was stellar. I have to say, there was a lot of rain in the film and the soaked actors took it like troopers. There was a child actor in the film. This is always touch and go, especially when you are talking about a genre film. Not only was she not over-the-top, she showed a broad range. I was quite impressed at the end of the film. It took until the end of the film for me to see this, because she was so believable and worked so well with the other actors. I believe Autumn Wendel, if she keeps at it, will grow into a fine addition to cinematic royalty.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the original score for this film. Troy Sterling Nies really pulls the film together with his creepy and delightfully mad score. Bravo, Troy!

And now for the extras…


The second disc is packed with goodies for those of us who dig the behind-the-scenes thing. There are tons of featurettes and they are all intriguing with great insight into the art of filmmaking.

In addition the folks at HPLHS includes deleted scenes and all  three trailers for the film!

Final Thoughts:
If you are a Lovecraft fan  – this is a must own film. If you enjoy early “talkies” – this is a must own film. If you’re into suspense and terror – this is a must own film. Heck, this just needs to be in everybody’s film library. Seriously, go buy it now! I can’t say enough about The Whisperer in Darkness. It far surpassed my expectations. It is a beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, well-written, film… I think even Mr. Lovecraft would be proud. I believe you know where I am going with this, wicked ones. This film gets the rare 6 out of 5 tentacles and a hearty Iä! Iä!

Sarah L. Covert –

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