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into the light of a dark black night

Another marginally productive day yesterday. But I still do not know what the next piece for Sirenia Digest #23 will be, nor have I begun the prologue for Joey Lafaye.

I did get my list done for Del Howison, Amy Wallace and Scott Bradley's The Horror Book of Lists (due out from HarperCollins in 2008). I chose "Thirteen of the Top Ten "Lovecraftian" Films Not Actually Based (or Only Loosely Based) on the Works of H.P. Lovecraft."Here's the list. You'll have to actually wait for the book to read my annotations for each film:

1. Alien (dir. Ridley Scott, 1979)

2. The Thing (dir. John Carpenter, 1982)

3. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (dir. Jack Arnold, 1954)

4. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (dir. Richard Blackburn, 1975)

5. Dark Waters (dir. Mariano Baino, 1994)

6. Ghostbusters (dir. Ivan Reitman, 1984)

7. Event Horizon (dir. Paul W.S. Anderson, 1997)

8. King Kong (dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)

9. Solaris (dir. Steven Soderbergh, 2002)

10. Smilla's Sense of Snow (dir. Bille August, 1997)

11. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (dir. Tony Randel, 1988)

12. Hellboy (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2004)

13. The Blob (dir. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., 1958)

I actually managed to write 631 words, because of the list, so I tried to pretend that was "work." But I'm a lousy liar when it comes to crap like that.

The last time I left the house was...when we had dinner with Byron Friday night. At any rate, Spooky says I have to go outside today. Blah, blah, blah.

Oh, good Torchwood last night. The episode took me completely by surprise. Nice chill in the ending — "They make me happy."


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Oct. 14th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
Being a major Lovecraft nut, I can't wait to be able to read how King Kong and Ghostbusters are Lovecraftian.

Sounds interesting
Oct. 14th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only person who saw the xenomorphs as something in that vein.
Oct. 14th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, Harold Ramis briefly discusses the influence of Lovecraft on Ghostbusters on the DVD commentary. I definitely remember Guillermo del Toro going on and on about Lovecraft in the commentary for the extended edition of Hellboy.

The only movie I'd think to add to your list would maybe be Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Oct. 14th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, good Torchwood last night. The episode took me completely by surprise. Nice chill in the ending — "They make me happy."

Yes - I've been loving the series, but this one really sank its teeth into me. So I'll delurk and say "thank you" because your mentioning Torchwood was part of why I sat down to watch the pilot. And that was that.
Oct. 15th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Here's the list.

I'm surprised Ravenous (Antonia Bird, 1999) did not quite make the list. I watched it upon your recommendation of its Lovecraftian tone, which I found to be an apt and insightful description.
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