The International Film Weekend dedicates its own fim serie to a major author of fantastic literature: Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) is considered one of the most important figures in the horror genre. He wrote about 60 short stories and five novellas, of which about a dozen were published only after his death. A typical motif in H. P. Lovecraft’s stories is man as an ignorant plaything of superhuman, cosmic creatures and the powerless victim of fate. Based on this the Cthulhu myth was created after Lovecraft’s death.
The retrospective features four long and five short films that offer viewers a wide range of Lovecraft-inspired productions. The rather quiet “The Haunted Palace” from the 1960s, the splatter and trash movie “Re-Animator”, and “Dagon” (2001), which picks up on the gloomy mood of the literary original. Numerous independent productions particularly have resulted since then in very different implementations of the originally abstract cosmic horror, which we can watch in “The Color” and the short film block