The whole plot was more or less ripped off of from The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, or at least the central conceit was. Add to that the simultaneous profound betrayal felt by Batman at a crucial moment in the movie – one that pretty much called into question the very pillars of his emotional stability as Bruce Wayne – and the final moments that evoked so perfectly Ken Hite’s thesis in The Man Who Shot Joseph Curwen, and you have a surprisingly Lovecraft-inspired movie. I say ‘surprisingly’ because the movie is in itself not actually all that horrific.
I wish to give the people who own these properties money for a DVD copy.
Several years ago I noted for the record:
I still stand by that statement.
PS: …What? Oh, it’s H.P. Lovecraft meets Raymond Chandler. And the first part was not implicit in any way, shape, or form.
YES. THAT WAS ON HBO.
Dear God, the last thing that I need to read in the morning is Maureen Dowd referencing Lovecraft:
The influential horror writer H. P. Lovecraft knew better than to be too literal in his description of monsters.
In the short story “The Outsider,” Lovecraft’s narrator offers a description that matches how some alarmed Democrats view Tea Partiers: “I cannot even hint what it was like, for it was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal and detestable. It was the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome revelation; the awful baring of that which the merciful earth should always hide. God knows it was not of this world.”
Via Treacher, we have two competing concepts.
this is barbarism. This is the dream of the anti-globalization fanatics: to be “free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy.”
And this is civilization. Because if their parents won’t teach them, and their peers won’t teach them, and certainly their teachers won’t teach them, then apparently we’re counting on random passerby to teach the Hard Left to stop acting like deranged Lovecraft cultists. Which we can do; but I suspect that the recipients of this particular form of remedial education won’t enjoy it much.
…which promises to be above the usual webcomic filler: various cultural artifacts as part of “an informal survey of serial storytelling” and lots of guest blogs from other people doing Lovecraft-themed webcomics. Sounds like fun.
I’d also like to note again that Tour de Lovecraft really is an immensely accessible survey/refresher of Lovecraft’s work.