H. P. Lovecraft, Cosmic Horror, and its influence on cinema
The popularization of H. P. Lovecraft and Cosmic horror has been sweeping horror media over the last decade. From the 90s through 00s it had almost completely disappeared from horror movies, but was taking over comics and books, keeping it alive. Even still, masters of horror like John Carpenter, Clive Barker, and David Cronenberg were keeping the genre with their creature features and body horror which were deeply influenced by H. P. Lovecraft. Indeed, Carpenters Lovecraftian influences can be see in many of his movies such as my second all time favorite The Thing (1982) which seemed a lot more like At The Mountains of Madness than Who Goes There?, the book it was based on.
The 2010’s have seen a sudden uptick, not just in cinema, but even in comics and books which, at one point, seemed to be Lovecraft last bastion. Cosmic Horror fandom has been taking over horror and sci-fi conventions alike, nowadays seeming to be almost as popular as Zombie Survival Horror. Indeed, even I got swept up as a writer in the craze, all three of my cosmic horror novellas getting picked up for publication for three consecutive years in a row. In the Shadow of the Mountain (2019), In The Beginning (2020), and Parabiosys (2021).
With the 2020 release of Color Out Of Space, featuring Nicolas Cage, this trend shows no sign of slowing. For me, it’s a good time to be a cosmic horror writer. For fandom, it’s just a great time to be live.
In the coming weeks, NightmareFeed will explore the Lovecraftian genre of Cosmic Horror. We’ll take a look at some of the works of H. P. Lovecraft, how they’ve influenced the media, fandom, and even us here at Nightmare Feed. We’ll look at Color Out Of Space (2020), and the tumultuous horror career of Nicolis Cage. I’ll also be dropping a review of Color Out Of Space (2020), as well as recommending dozens more Lovecraftian movies, starting with my Top 5 Lovecraft Inspired Movie List.
News from last week:
Upcoming TV seasons: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4. Has Lovecraft inspiration found in Blackwood’s ‘Deep one’ egg.
Upcoming Video Games: Doom Eternal – March 20th. Live Stream of game. “Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity.”
Score: Inspired by H. R. Giger, who did 2 Necronomicons.
SCP Foundation: Russian Lawsuit.. http://www.scp-wiki.net/forum/t-12800526/announcement-regarding-licensing-emergency
Markiplier Supports SCP-Foundation.
Next Lovecraftian Video Game: https://www.gameinformer.com/2018/07/07/tales-of-madness-the-lovecraftian-games-on-the-horizon