Check out the new newsreel-style teaser trailer for Richard Edwin Stripling Jr.'s adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness...
(Thanks to Richard Edwin Stripling Jr.)
Films may be unable to truly capture a sense of what Lovecraft called “cosmic awe”. But another form not generally associated with horror has recently proved to be a more natural home: the theatre. To appreciate why Lovecraft is a perfect writer for the stage, it’s necessary to understand his worldview—what you might call his philosophy of fear.
But it’s doubtful any show could capture his spooky enigmatic quality better than Radiotheater, which mounts six Lovecraft stories (along with “The Dunwich Horror” and “Pickman’s Model”) performed by four actors speaking into microphones in solitary spotlights. Creepy music, a few light cues and a burst of smoke are the only design. This chilling production concentrates attention on the voice, the words and, most importantly, the darkness... The minimalism of this production is not merely style. It faithfully supports Lovecraft’s philosophy. If the strongest fear is of the unknown, then the monster itself is less terrifying once it is revealed.
|cover image © Brett MacDonald|
|Hell Dorado © Laurence Amiotte and Rob Corless|
|Night of the Driving Dead © K.L. Young and Ben Hansen|
|image © Mark Redfield|