Fear of the Unknown

DVD - 2008
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"H.P. Lovecraft was the forefather of modern horror fiction having inspired such writers as Stephen King, Robert Bloch, and Neil Gaiman. The influence of his Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film, games, music, and pop culture in general. But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature's most far-reaching mythologies? What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods? 'Lovecraft : fear of the unknown' is a chronicle of the life, work and mind that created these weird tales as told by many of today's luminaries of dark fantasy including John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Stuart Gordon, Caitlin Kiernan, and Peter Straub"--Container.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Cinevolve Studios, 2008, c2009
ISBN: 9781606630242
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 21, 2019

(*H.P. Lovecraft quote*) - "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear."

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) is widely considered to be the forefather of modern-day horror-fiction.

Through interviews and stills - This "Fear of the Unknown" bio-documentary not only looks at the life and times of Lovecraft - But, it also discusses (in fair detail) the overall influence and impact that his "tales-of-the-weird" have had on horror fiction and fright films of today.

I think it's interesting to note that during his lifetime (as a writer) Lovecraft was not recognized for his work, at all, and he inevitably died in literal poverty.

Apr 30, 2012

This is a fairly good documentary of a writer that I am not too familiar with. I like how the inspired authors of Lovecraft praise his writing prowess, along with some artistic drawings of his creatures. What I did not like was how in one moment they would be talking about him and then a moment later they would be talking about one of his books. I found the transition from his books and his biography a bit confusing at times. Maybe if they'd spaced it out a little further from each other I might have appreciated it more. Nevertheless, Lovecraft fans will definitely enjoy this one!


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