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Random observations of the day:

I was rewatching some Lovecraft movies and I came across one of my favorite quotes (from a fairly cheesy, but kind of fun movie):

Howard: Randolph! They're all dead!
Randolph: [closing the Necronomicon] That's to be expected.
--The Unnamable (1988)

Disturbingly, while surfing The Pit, I discovered that Children of the Corn has Mary Sues. I am somewhat fascinated and appalled at this idea, because it's not just an isolated occurrence. Almost all the stories in that category are authorial inserts. It disturbs me, and yet I respect it more than yet another "I go to Hogwarts and Harry Potter falls in love with me."

The French are fond of animating H.P. Lovecraft. I will research this more at a later date.

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psychomachia
Jun. 12th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
It had a Spanish cast, actually, although the director was American. There were some interesting accents in that movie.

There's quite a good-sized section of French Lovecraftian films on YouTube - again, I'm not sure why.

I have three decent anthologies of Lovecraft's work right now: one's kind of a greatest hits, one's a guide to his Dream Cycle, and one's got some random bits from him. My personal favorite is "The Dream Cycle of Unknown Kadath," but it's not to everyone's taste.
shikomekidomi
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
Wait... Children of the Corn the really great and vaguely Lovecraftian (or Machen-ish) short story or Children of Corn the movie I cannot bring myself to watch?
Hrm...(glances down) I always favored "The Rats in the Walls", "Shadow over Innsmouth", "The Outsider", "The Picture in the House", "The Terrible Old Man", "Pickman's Model", "The Temple", "From Beyond"... and that list started getting out of hand.
psychomachia
Jun. 13th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, by the looks of the things, it's mainly the movie and its many sequels. I think the whole "not having parents" thing is what makes it popular.

"The Outsider" was one of the first Cthulhu stories I ever read, so I have a special fondness for it. But I agree that's it's kind of hard to pick a favorite.

shikomekidomi
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
Well, hell, the sudden shock ending was the best part of the story and wouldn't have worked as well with the rest of the story padded out and dragging. Plus it drove the whole thing into a glimpse at a mad, hostile world outside of rational logic, in a fashion Lovecraftian.

Right, though looking at my selections I seem to enjoy people turning into monsters or going mad, swept up in inexorable tides of things far beyond them.... which is most of Lovecraft, really, but he does do it better sometimes than others. Hrm... I could throw the "the colour out of space" on the list...
I think the Outsider, Rats In the Walls, and Pickman's model were the first three I read, though I forget the precise order.
psychomachia
Jun. 13th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
I actually saw the first four movies (slumber party crappy movie fest)

1st movie - couple goes to creepy town, children try to kill them.
2nd movie - remaining creepy children move to different town, try to kill people in it.
3rd movie - two creepy children move to city, one is evil and tries to kill people, the other one is blond and doesn't.
4th movie - children get possessed and Naomi Watts tries to figure out what's going on. Seemingly unrelated to other three movies.

I think I'm fond of the Lovecraft stories where the narrator's friend or colleague involves them in horrors beyond all comprehension or name and then reveals some sort of twist that makes the narrator shudder even years later - see The Thing On The Doorstep, The Statement of Randolph Carter, Pickman's Model et al.
shikomekidomi
Jun. 13th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
Did you read the original story? If not, do. I wouldn't say it's great, but it's actually pretty good and it doesn't deserve to be remembered for the videos.

Oh, I'm fond of those two. The best horrors have cosmic implications. For some reason, though I love Cthulhu, his Call doesn't quite match up, since at the end he's wounded by a boat (of all things) and goes back to sleep, though I find the his power to the point where his dreams infect the minds of the world's sleepers and cause rashes of madness awesome. On the other grasping appendage, "From Beyond" reveals that the universe is full of terrifying horrors just beyond our perception--and circumstances can let us see them and they us.

psychomachia
Jun. 13th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
I read the short story years ago, so I'm fuzzy on the details (I'll probably try to read it again to refresh my memory). The videos are masterpieces of bad acting and random appearances by actors before they were famous.

"Children will always be afraid of the dark, and men with minds sensitive to hereditary impulse will always tremble at the thought of the hidden and fathomless worlds of strange life which may pulsate in the gulfs beyond the stars, or press hideously upon our own globe in unholy dimensions which only the dead and the moonstruck can glimpse."

shikomekidomi
Jun. 14th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
Ah... Well the ending twist point, since you've already read it is that the children were never the real danger, as the main character realizes at the end as he's being hunted by armed children through the corn fields, because a community can't just vanish overnight, not without someone noticing, not without an investigation, not...Then what he took to be a grotesque effigy of their god made from corn stalks _moves_ and we realize that for the cult to succeed and grow it would take a miracle.
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