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Lovecraftian Horror at the Texas Theatre

The Old Ones will rise over Oak Cliff when the historic Texas Theatre and DOA Blood Bath Entertainment present The Unnameable Blood Bath Film Festival II, a one-day micro-fest of H.P. Lovecraft-themed horror films, with a series of screenings starting at 2pm, August 19, at the theater (details).

A contemporary of Conan creator (and native Texan) Robert E. Howard and mentor to Psycho author Robert Bloch, Lovecraft left an indelible mark on American genre fiction and influenced scores of writers with his unique brand of cosmic horror, published in the pulp magazines of the 1920s-’30s. Not well-known in the mainstream, movies adapted from or inspired by his works represent a large cache of cult faves that include the Re-Animator series, From Beyond, John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness and his remake of The Thing, AIP’s B-grade freak out The Dunwich Horror, and the ’60s Boris Karloff classic Die, Monster! Die!. His influence can even be felt in this summer’s ersatz Alien prequel, Prometheus.

The festival has so far locked down two key screenings for the fest, both produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society: The Call of Cthulhu (2005), presented in Mythoscope (a blend of vintage and modern filming techniques that reproduce the look of a 1920s-era silent film); and The Whisperer in Darkness (2011), shot to mimic the look and feel of classic ’30s-era horror movies. More programming is expected to be announced.

About Gary Dowell

Professional film critic, journalist, Byronic hero.

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