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November 19th, 2006

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11:15 pm - Beyond the Wall of Crap
I was Christmas shopping (I know, I know) on Amazon this evening, and discovered, quite by accident, that someone has made a movie out of H.P. Lovecraft's Beyond the Wall of Sleep.

It's hard for me to imagine how it would adapt to screen, since it's a) short and b) unmemorable. The original story might possibly maybe kinda sorta fall very loosely into the category of horror, but it's more in the unpopular and vaguely-defined realm of metaphysical sci-fi. It could probably make a mediocre short subject, but a feature-length film?

I'm a little curious, but my interest is diminished somewhat by the reviews on Amazon, which are some of the most universally negative I've ever seen. Just to hammer the point home, Amazon users have described it with the following tags:

For the purpose of comparison, Re-Animator is the best Lovecraft adaptation I've ever seen (which is not to say that it's a great movie), and it's tagged with best horror 100 2005, cult film, zombie movie, lovecraft movie, and feel good horror, the latter of which explains why I always feel so much life affirmation during the disembodied-head-giving-head scene.

And here I've spent years thinking I was a maladjusted freak.
Current Mood: naughtypossibly maladjusted
Current Music: Leonard Nimoy -- If I Had a Hammer

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Date:November 20th, 2006 06:05 am (UTC)
I can't imagine Beyond the Wall of Sleep making a gripping feature film but it is still a great episode of Mindwebs. By coincidence I listened to it last week or so during a marathon of sorts while doing household chores. Jeffry Combs' reading of the Re-Animator stories are even better, despite their edits.
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Date:November 21st, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I've heard that episode of Mindwebs -- I'll have to check it out. Agreed on Re-Animator, by the way. As far as I'm concerned, Jeffrey Combs is Herbert West, and he has a perfect voice for the audiobook.
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Date:November 20th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)


Reanimator was done by Stuart Gordon, who incidentally was the founder of Broom Street Theater back in 1969:)

How's that for a piece of six degrees of separation trivia?:)
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Date:November 21st, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)

Re: Reanimator

Hey, cool! Actually, I knew this, but every time I remember it I'm taken by surprise. I know Gordon's film work very well, and I can see how he'd have fit right into Broom Street.
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