We're as much a fan of the myriad attempts to capture the eerie essence of dark fabulist H.P. Lovecraft's atmospheric oeuvre of cosmic horror onscreen as anyone alive, but let's face it: only 2005's The Call of Cthulhu and 2011's The Whisperer in Darkness manage to evoke the purplish pulp power of Providence's favorite scribbler.Now the Austin Film Society's Avant Cinema presents both of these micro-budgeted masterpieces on the big screen in all their cacodaemoniacal, black-and-white glory.
Produced under the ichorous auspices of The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, directors Andrew Lehman (Cthulhu) andSean Branney (Whisperer) embrace the source material in grand, occasionally experimental, but undeniably effective fashion. You want the squamous, batrachian horrors of the author's dense, addictive, but heretofore seemingly irreproducible writing? These two adaptations have them by the spadeful.
AFS's double-freaker is slated for 7 pm, Wed., Aug. 29, at the AFS Screening Room (1901 E. 51st St.). Ticket prices and all other info are available here.
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