Lovecraft Feature “The Thing On The Doorstep” Hits DVD
I’ve seen one too many Lovecraft short stories-to-film to say that they’re worth the watch. Often times, they are not good at all as filmmakers simply use the name H.P. Lovecraft to draw an audience to their film. And let’s face it – it’s a good plan for low-to-no budget films. But here’s one Lovecraft adaptation that is getting favorable reviews. The 2014 version/release of The Thing on The Doorstep which is based off of the short story by the master of horror himself.
And if you know nothing about the story, here is the quick synopsis:
A new psychological horror film based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft. Daniel Upton’s relationship with his friend Edward Derby is abruptly changed after Edward becomes romantically involved with enigmatic hypnotist, Asenath Waite. As Edward’s behavior becomes more erratic and events unexplainable, Daniel investigates. Is it madness…or something far more terrifying? “It is true that I have just sent six bullets through the head of my best friend, and yet I hope to show by this statement that I am not his murderer.
And here’s a quick review from Fangoria that points to a visually-stunning version of Lovecraft’s story. “Adapting the moody, foreboding works of iconic writer H.P Lovecraft to cinema is not easy and even the finest efforts, like the works of director Stuart Gordon, tend to be somewhat irreverent in their approach. But director Tom Gliserman’s adaptation of Lovecraft’s The Thing on the Doorstep (out now from MVD) is bang on: a very scary, beautifully made indie feature that perfectly captures that suffocating sense of dread that works so well on the printed page and offers excellent turns from its relatively unknown cast. It’s a tale of murder, hypnotism and – naturally – madness that trades is atmosphere as opposed to gratuitous shock.”
The movie was released just this month from MVD for the modest price of $14.95 as an exclusive title for the site.
And here’s the trailer that delivers some “nightmarish images”: