The Horror Honeys: The H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest in L.A.

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest in L.A.

Revenge Honey & Revenge Accomplice Adventure!

When we got invited to attend the Lovecraft Film Festival, I was rather intrigued because I had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. We were there on Saturday, September 28th and it was a jam packed day of activity, starting with a Lovecraft-inspired lunch, featuring readings that included literary prose, poetry, and even erotic horror (yay!). The Literary Lunch was held at the Whale & Ale, which is a great place to host anything Lovecraftian because it had a very old world atmosphere. The locale helped set the mood for the readings but unfortunately it was rather difficult to hear the authors because there was no sound system. I found myself trying and failing to concentrate on what was being said, which is a shame. 

After lunch, we headed over to the Warner Grand Theatre for the first block of shorts. I admit that after going to many a film festival, I was anxious to see if I was going to be able to enjoy the films or be forced to suffer through them. Thankfully, most of the shorts were highly entertaining and I was blown away by one in particular, Reset
While on a dinner break, we both perused the three floors of wares throughout the theatre and I was absolutely impressed by the creativity found amongst the vendors. I was so busy running my mouth during the break that before I knew it, the break was over and I hadn’t eaten anything, so I had a very nutritious large bag of popcorn with a side of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It turns out that I definitely needed the sugar boost because the second round of shorts were on the longer side time-wise.  
Overall I was rather impressed with the variety of shorts, especially the international film presence. Throughout the day, I thought it was nice to see people supporting independent horror films with a turn-out of around 700+ people. And to cap off the end of a long day, we got to see Dagon on the big screen and I loved it. I cannot believe I’ve never seen it before because it’s an instant classic!
Literary Lunch Standouts:
Author Leslie S. Klinger
I was pleasantly surprised by the first author’s subject matter, HP Lovecraft the Racist. This was the only piece of non-fiction read and it immediately grabbed my attention. Leslie S. Klinger, editor of various book annotations such as Sherlock Holmes and The Sandman, boldly read his foreword for The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft (to be published, W. W. Norton, Oct. 2014). His reading focused on Lovecraft and his utter disdain for anyone that wasn’t a (white) New Englander. Fascinating. I am by no means an aficionado on Lovecraft, so this gem was total news to me. As a blerd (black nerd), the thought of Lovecraft being an unapologetic racist did not shock me; in fact it intrigued me that such a great creative mind that helped shape the horror genre was a racist. I’m officially going to have to go and do some research of my own.
Author Nancy Holder
After such a serious start to the lunch, I am grateful that Nancy Holder read an entertaining portion of her short story, Pickman’s Centerfold, Or: The Dunwich Ho. Her story is a part of the erotic horror collection Hot Blood XI: Fatal Attractions and all I can say is “ yes, please I’d like to hear more.”  Maybe I’m a perv, but I like reading sex combined with horror so it’s only logical to want to own this book.  Needless to say, after lunch I immediately added this book to my Amazon shopping cart and it is currently in my possession. I can feel you judging me and I don’t even care. 

Best Short:

Swedish filmmakers, Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Åkerström, did an incredible job, especially since this is their first short film. Reset was truly intense and eerie. It was beautifully shot and has a cast of quality actors. Sophie’s mother had moments that would make you suck in your breath and send chills up your spine. It was easily my favorite short, and I’m glad that it won both the Judge and Audience Choice Award.  I believe we’re in for a real treat if these two continue to produce the same caliber of work. I am definitely adding them to my foreign horror list of people to watch.   

Honorable Mentions:

Miskatonic University

Miskatonic University looked epic in nature and I’m curious what the budget was on this short. I loved the costuming and overall vintage look of the film. It was engaging to see a man returning from war and trying to tease out reality from fiction while starting as a new professor at the very odd Misakatonic University.
The Unusual Case of Henry David Pierce

After a few long shorts, this film was the much needed comic relief in the second block of films. The Unusual Case of Henry David Pierce,was about the titled subject, a new linguistics professor at Miskatonic University, who discovers a strange book.

Vanya was a Russian short that intertwined fictional horror with historical horror. My one complaint with this short was that it was much too long; with a runtime of 29 minutes, it desperately needed to be cut. That being said, I think the idea of combining the subject matter of Vanya, the largest thermonuclear bomb tested with the suspense of an unknown creature, was quite clever.

Experimental Failure:

The Ratking

There is no reason this short should have been almost 40 minutes. Let me start off by saying that Amelus Production Company was trying very hard to make this film look a certain way and it failed. At some point I thought that I would scream if I saw one more misused video filter. The longer this short dragged on, the more angry I seemed to get. I don’t think I will even try to explain my extreme revulsion;  All I will say is that when it ended all I was left with was a headache, literally. No one needs to see this one. Seriously.

I simply couldn't end this post without showing you this!

Upon a Midnight  had these fabulously creepy Eye Creatures that seemed to follow you around the room.  I think I will try to save my pennies and get one of these and put it in my bathroom because I like freaking my visitors out. ~The Revenge Honey Accomplice

The Revenge Honey & her Accomplice had a wonderful time at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con! For more information on upcoming H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival events, check out the website!