CHIM loves H.P. Lovecraft!!!
Lovecraft's influence has rippled through the horror and sci-fi genres like almost no other. So it's no wonder that often times adaptions of his work and creations make it to the screen. Unfortunately, Lovecraft's own works don't translate well into movies, it's like making an apple pie out of oranges. Still some try, and some, like Brian Yuzna and Stewart Gorden, use Lovecraft as a springboard for their movies, but there are the few that take the themes and ideas of Lovecraft's creations and invovate something totally new.
This weeks movie of the week is one of these. And it's one of my favourite Lovecraft influenced movies. This week we take a journey, this week it's:
THE ATTIC EXPEDITIONS
So first off, Im sure someone is going to argue with my calling this film Lovecraftion. Lovecraft fans are a curiously picky lot sometimes, and take offence when his name is applied to some things. But I've been playing CALL OF CTHUHLU and reading MYTHOS tales long enough that I feel I'm qualified to call a spade a spade. Though it's not even remotely based on anything particular that Lovecraft wrote, it does have most the elements of a Lovecraft Mythos story. There is a Magic Tome and a ritual, there's nightmares and insanity and a mental hospital and there is mention of 'the Old Ones'. And besides, it has Jeffery Combs in it...and that makes it Mythos enough for me...
So what's the story about then? Well I'm not even going to try and fully describe it. It's very non-linear and full of surprises and twists. It's disjointed, but in the end makes a twisted sort of sense, and I all most guarentee you'll watch it again (sort of like you did with Sixth Sense) and pay closer attention and go, 'oh yeah, ah ha!'
Have you ever played one of those computer games, there are dozens of them (Sanitarium is my favourite, or online there is EXMORTIS or Mystery of Time and Space and there are plenty of text based others) , where you wake up in a bed (sometimes in a mental hopital) and have no memory of who you are or how you got there and the premise of the game is to figure it out... and usually what you figure out is something horrible? This is like the movie of one of those games.
Tevor Blackburn has no memory. He awakens to find he has had brain surgery and is under the care of one Doctor Ek.
Apparently, Trevor has been committed to Ek's sanitarium and has been in a coma for 4 years after murdering his finance in some sort of ritualistic manner.
As part of his therapy Trevor is sent to a halfway house where he meets several other recovering psychotics.
Trevor is plagued by nightmares as he tries to figure things out; but what is real and what is nightmare is the question? And what secrets lurk in the trunk in the attic which figures so promiently in his dreams; or are they dreams? Reality is purely subjective in this flick...
Ok, as I mentioned, Jeffery Combs is in this one, but also look for a stellar performance by Seth Green (of course you know who he is) and it also has Ted Raimi (ya, Sam 'Evil Dead' Raimi's brother) and look for a brief but cool appearance by Alice Cooper as, ya you guessed it, a mental patient.
There is an official site for this movie:
which has some pretty cool stuff and a few hidden insights to the movie. But the trailers on the site no longer seem to be working, but you can check one out HERE (courtesy of videodetective.com).
I cannot recommend this movie enough! It's that friggin cool!
So click the poster below and a DVD copy now: