This Saturday I spent some quality with my friends and watched the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society's new movie The Whisperer in Darkness and two other movies.
The Whisperer in Darkness was a good flick! A little slow moving at times but a rather good capture of the feel of the story, balancing sharp visuals with dialogue. The makers of the movie tried to capture the feel of the Universal films of the 30s, and I think they succeeded to a point. Some of the special effects seem too modern and the print seems too clean to be an old film, but this does not detract from the feel of the film. You can find out more about The Whisperer In Darkness here.
The second movie was the RiffTrax version of the Umberto Lenzi movie Ghosthouse (aka La Casa 3). This cheesy 80s Italian haunted house movie has an evil little girl with an evil clown doll. A heroic ham radio operator and his girlfriend investigate the strange going on in a vacant house. Naturally, mayhem ensues. The jokes by the RiffTrax guys are actually kind of funny. I saw Ghosthouse years ago and I forgot how much dead air there was to be filled by funny comments. You can order the Video On Demand on the RiffTrax site.
The final movie of the night was Dark and Stormy Night, a tribute to the great Old Dark House movies of yor. It was made by the creator of the 50s B-Movie spoof The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, and the creators indulge in every cliche of the genre. Silas has died and his relatives, friends, interested parties, and people of the streets are gathered to hear the will. Then people start dying. The dialog is crisp and we were laughing through most of the picture.
Check them all out. Even Ghosthouse...