When: Fri., Aug. 31 2012
A man tormented by ancient secrets … the brave sea captain and his ill-fated crew … a double feature of H.P. Lovecraft flicks … How’s that for a scary setup? It’s exactly what you’ll find at the Cleveland Museum of Art this evening, where you can catch film adaptations of two Lovecraft classics: The Call of Cthulhu, written in 1926, and The Whisperer in the Darkness, written in 1930. Produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, both recently made flicks aim at recreating the movie-going experience of Lovecraft’s era: The 47-minute Cthulhu is a black-and-white silent film, and the 102-minute Whisperer is a black-and-white talkie. Museum film expert John Ewing calls Cthulu “an inventive and effective low-budget horror film. I also applaud the courage it took to make a 1920s-style silent film in 2005, six years before The Artist made silents cool again.” As for Lovecraft, fans of supernatural horror literature know the prolific New England writer as one of the founders of the genre who, along with Edgar Allan Poe, went on to influence generations of horror fiction writers including Stephen King. Longtime local fan Alan Bundy understands why. “He’s just so much out of the ordinary,” says the literary researcher. “He invented an incredibly interesting world — and he was a good writer too. Today he is just booming in popularity.” Tonight’s double feature begins at 6:15 in the Morley Lecture Hall.