Documentary on the author, his works and influence
H.P. Lovecraft was the forefather of modern horror fiction, having inspired such writers as Stephen King, Robert Bloch and Neil Gaiman.
The influence of his Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film (Re-Animator, Hellboy, and Alien), games (“The Call of Cthulhu” role playing enterprise), music (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and pop culture in general.
But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create the Cthulhu Mythos, one of literatureâs most far-reaching mythologies? What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown is a chronicle of the life, work and mind that created these weird tales as told by many of todayâs luminaries of dark fantasy including John Carpenter (The Thing), Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Neil Gaiman (Coraline), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Caitlin R. Kiernan (“Daughter of Hounds”) and Peter Straub (“Ghost Story”).
The documentary was the winner of Best Documentary at the 2008 Comic-Con International Film Festival. It was also the official selection of Shriekfest 2008, Rojo Sangre 2008 â Buenos Aires, Argentina, The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, Tromadance 2009, and Fantaspoa Festival 2009 â Porto Alegre, Brazil. Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown also had a limited theatrical run at Toronto’s Cinema du Parc in collaboration with the Fantasia Film Festival.
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown is produced by Wyrd and available exclusively from Cinevolve Studios. Debuting on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, both versions will also be accompanied by extras including 70+ minutes of extended interviews, a stills gallery of artwork inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and a short film by the composer Mars of Dead House Music.