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Starting Nicolas Cage as the male lead with Tommy Chong as a Crazy Homeless Person, based on the famous Lovecraft story. Releases in theaters tomorrow, but apparently premiered at some film festivals already.
The movie predominantly depicts the eponymous color as magenta (a decent choice since it doesn’t appear in nature and is often considered an “unnatural” color), but the exact hue supposedly shifts frequently and a few scenes give it this blinding, aurora-esque appearance.
Edited by Dirtyblue929 on Jan 23rd 2020 at 1:56:11 AM
Reviews are good for this film. I might go see it just to finally see a Nicolas Cage film where he isn't a walking meme.
Don't worry, he'll likely find a way to bring the memes.
Cage is an actor who brings the memes to her role he's in. Hes just that memetic.
It doesn’t look like any theaters in my area are showing it which sucks. I had just been thinking about the story a couple months ago after Yahtzee talked about Lovecraft stories that don’t get adapted much (he was developing a Music of Erich Zann game as part of a self-imposed game jam challenge).
Edited by Dirtyblue929 on Jan 23rd 2020 at 3:59:31 AM
I remember the color being an entirely new color in the book, given that movies are a visual medium it's understandable that they can't exactly pull it off.
Apparently, the director said he wants to do The Dunwich Horror next as part of a Lovecraft trilogy.
Why isn't this getting a wide release? I'm in a major metropolitan area, the kind of place that gets limited run products and the like, and there's exactly *one* theatre near me showing it, once a day, for about four days. And it's one of those little theatres that exclusively shows old films, film festival films, and foreign films.
You'd think Cage and Chong would get a wider release. And horror always does great in the box office.
Edited by Xiphoniii on Jan 24th 2020 at 7:03:57 AM
Is it not getting one? O.o Surprising.
Glad it's getting good reviews, though, Lovecraft is an entirely untapped genre of horror movie possibilities.
Huh this is a thing O_o
As a fan of Darkest Dungeon, I'm just a little disappointed that the color isn't a weird blue. However, I still like the color they went with.
The trailer looks really interesting. I'll probably check this movie out when I get the chance to.
Same. Horror movies aren't normally my thing but I'm a fan of Lovecraft.
^^Eh, I'm used it being green because of Pathfinder
Edited by SpookyMask on Jan 24th 2020 at 8:49:09 PM
I hope this and The Lighthouse start a Lovecraftian horror movie trend.
The nearest theaters for me are about an hour away, me and my father are hoping that it will eventually end up in the nearby theater but if it's not seeing a wide release then we may have to either bite the bullet or wait for the DVD.
I'm surprised that Lovcraft's stories don't get many direct adaptations, maybe it's because his stories are often used as inspiration for other things.
People feel that they can't do the eerie and eldritch things justice and are also repelled by the racism?
Underwater also shows itself to be a bit more Lovecraft than you'd think.
The genre is just not very mainstream friendly, as it's about the insanity of the universe and our insignificance within it. We prefer to have some level of control over our destiny or at least that illusion.
.A bit a Values Dissonance might also be involved in that humanity's insignificance and the unknown just isn't as scary a thing now as it might of been then. If the point of a story is the smallness of humankind, a modern audience will just say "Who cares?" and go on with their day.
Edited by Kaiseror on Jan 24th 2020 at 8:57:14 AM
tbf quite a few of his stories can have the racism chopped and have pretty much the same plot and effect. Not to downplay it; quite a few of his stories are deeply rooted in that shit, but equally many (Color Out of Space in particular) can have it surgically removed with no negative side effects.
Edited by Dirtyblue929 on Jan 24th 2020 at 10:31:50 AM
Yeah, Lovecraft was almost cartoonishly racist, but a lot of it in a movie can either be changed to be less so or completely removed without impacting the story.
I recall that a lot of the racism in Call of Cthulhu, for instance, mostly comes in the form of him appending "also they're colored and inbred" to his descriptions of the villains. It's fairly easy to just surgically remove all the mentions of race and still have a very good story about spoopy cultists and ancient evils.
Edited by Dirtyblue929 on Jan 25th 2020 at 12:10:42 PM
Yeah, though the racism probably turns people off from direct adaptations, as noted it's not too difficult to remove.
Lovecraft wasn't exactly subtle or intricately woven with his racism, which ironically means it's more overt and easier to remove from the plot without really impacting the flow of the stories themselves - like a really obvious pimple.
But the fear of touching it in the first place, and of what people will think when you actually try to do so, keeps people away.
Edited by KnownUnknown on Jan 25th 2020 at 12:13:36 PM
Yeah, lovecraft is also one of those guy who racism was so over that it actuall detract some of their stories.
a rat with human face? neat and horrifying? him be call n*gg*r men?....no so much.
Au contraire, naming a cat "Mr. Blackman" or even just "Mr. Black" has been done in Lovecraft stories before to make them more palatable.
Shadow over Innsmouth also revolves around inbreeding and whatnot, yes, but the people doing that are white and successful and got the ideas from various Pacific islanders that did the same thing years before.
Edited by theLibrarian on Jan 25th 2020 at 4:33:01 AM
Lovecraft was a talented writer. He was also a racist, a shut-in and an egoist. He also died painfully and slowly from colon cancer.
Trick is, we can choose to ignore the racism. The core of his stories dont rely on it. Relatively few people know anything about Lovecraft, nonetheless his negative worldviews, compared to those that know his works.
Edited by Zeromaeus on Jan 25th 2020 at 5:41:34 AM
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