I had to admit, I was
pretty scared when I cracked this one from Lions Gate open--frankly,
just hearing the words "H.P. Lovecraft movie" are enough
to make my blood run cold any more. There have only been a precious
few of these that can actually be considered good, and each new
one that comes out operates under its own handicap of being less
likely than any other to be a good one.
This time around, we're
following a doctor who's going after the secrets of eternal life
thanks to everybody's favorite how-to book of eternal damnation,
the Necronomicon. And when a young writer discovers the doctor's
secrets, all hell is going to break loose. Literally.
Wow, this could be
one of the cheesiest attempts at an H.P. Lovecraft piece I've
seen in a good long while. There are plot holes, logic bombs,
and just about every kind of narrative failing a script can generate.
Plus, they'll hop around the narrative like it's a bad game of
hopscotch, jumping from point to point and time to time like things
like coherence were merely optional.
And when it's not being
confusing it's just being outright stupid. I mean, for crying
out loud...one, did the main character NOT manage to work somewhere
that wouldn't be relevant to the plot later? Convenient hell,
his resume must read like a plot synopsis. Meanwhile, you've got
stereotypically crooked cops, stereotypically gangsta black people,
and of course, stereotypical damsels in equally stereotypical
Then you tack on some
truly godawful special effects, including the thoroughly digital
decapitation of a scientifically wrought monstrousity and the
horrendously programmed death of the mad doctor, and pretty soon
you've got a recipe for a hundred pounds of crap in a five pound
The ending requires
you to suspend disbelieve so badly that it must be expelled, but
there is a nifty twist ending of sorts in here, so I give some
credit where credit is due.
The special features
include English and Spanish subtitles, as well as trailers for
Chill, Punisher: War Zone, The Legend of Bloody Mary, Artifact,
Deception, and Side Sho.
All in all, this is
yet another in a long, long, depressingly long string of lousy
H.P. Lovecraft movies. I don't know what it is about the guy's
work that makes video translation of it so thoroughly impossible,
but man, it just IS.
Directed by Serge Rodnunsky
Written by Serge Rodnunsky
Starring Thomas Calabro, Ashley Laurence, Shaun Kurtz, James Russo
Produced by Serge Rodnunsky, Shaun Kurtz
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