H.P. Lovecraft’s The Whisperer in Darkness (2007) – By Brian Morton

 I think that we all know by now that just because H.P. Lovecraft’s name is on the cover of a DVD, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the movie has much relation to the original story. We’ve seen it time and again, and, while the movies are often good movies, the thread that ties them to the written word are often thin and stretched to the max. Well, that’s not the case here, Grave Hill Productions have taken a Lovecraft story and turned it into a period piece that would make Lovecraft proud!

The Whisperer in Darkness is the story of Albert Wilmarth, a literature professor at Miskatonic University, who follows tales of unworldly creatures into the back hills of Massachusetts. He initially finds a man who tells him that strange creatures lurk in the woods, but has no proof. But, when he comes across a man who claims to have that proof, Wilmarth’s world begins to come apart, eventually leading him to madness.

The real beauty of The Whisperer in Darkness is that it appears exactly as you would imagine it, if you were reading the book. From dress to props, everything here looks amazing! The acting is great, if just a bit stilted when it comes to Mike Sexton as Henry Ackeley, while Mike plays a large part in the film, he doesn’t seem too comfortable in front of the camera. And, the cgi effects are a bit primitive, as they probably would be in any low budget movie, but director Matt Hundley does a fine job of keeping them as just glimpses, as they should be anyway. So, the weaknesses in the movie are minor and the strengths are huge! It’s obvious that the Grave Hill guys are not only fans of Lovecraft, but of horror! I’m giving The Whisperer in Darkness four out of four cigars, because it’s that rarest of things, a Lovecraft movie that actually wants to be a Lovecraft movie before being a horror movie. If you’re a Lovecraft fan or just a horror fan, you can grab a copy of The Whisperer in Darkness for yourself by heading over to the Grave Hill Productions web site to find out how. And, until next time, when I’ll be sitting here, whispering in the darkness…mostly because I got busy watching movies and forgot to pay the light bill…remember that the best movies are bad movies.