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The H.P. Lovecraft Collection Volume 2: Rough Magik

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Plugging nicely into the Delta Green universe, Rough Magik is about The Night Scholars, a clandestine organization setup to monitor the ancient cult of Cthulhu. After decades of compiling an enormous database of arcane information, they have come to a single incontrovertible conclusion: the Sleeping God is waking. Diana Armitage, with the help of her Home Office liaison, the mysterious Mr. Moon (Paul Darrow), launch an aggressive campaign against the Dreamers. This operation, designated the Rough Magik initiative, was successful but they trod on the toes of some powerful people, amidst accusations of financial impropriety and possible treason, and the Night Scholars were disbanded. Now years later, the old magic is returning, the Sleeping God is rising, and there are more Dreamers than Mr. Moon can handle as he struggles to rebuild the Night Scholars before it is too late. Plus: Bob Fugger's Terrible Old Man and From Beyond short films and The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets' music videos. The DVD also contains an audio commentary track by Rough Magik screenwriter/producer Stephen Parsons, interviews with the cast & crew of Terrible Old Man, bonus shorts, and an interview with scholar S.T. Joshi.

Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Darrow, Gerrard McArthur, Michael Poole
  • Producers: Stephen W. Parsons
  • Format: Collector's Edition, NTSC, Color
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Lurker Films, Inc.
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FM01G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Story:

In a party-like setting, a young mother sacrifices her two children to an idol of the "Sleeping God". It is discovered that the woman is a "dreamer", and that she has fallen under the spell of the "Sleeping God". This sets off a chain of events where the "Night Scholars", a secret British Intelligence organization is reactivated to investigate the possibility that the "Sleeping God" is awakening! The mysterious Mr. Moon (Paul Darrow) is called in to investigate, he takes in for questioning psychiatrist Kenneth Reese Warren (Gerrard McArthur).

Warren, a former member of the "Night Scholars" is also a "dreamer" who through the use of a occult symbol called the Sigil, can block the "Sleeping God" from influencing him. Using experimental truth drugs, Moon interrogatesWarren and takes him back to a time when serving in the Falklands war, where Warren came across the Sigil. Warren recounts the bloody events of the war and his introduction to a man, possessed by one of the "Old Ones", who first showed him how to block the"Sleeping God"

Taken from Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu", Rough Magik is set in a world of Delta Green. Based on the popular role-playing game published by Chaosium, Inc.

The Picture:

Rough Magik was originally filmed as a pilot for the BBC. It is present in a non anamorphic widescreen and displays an above average picture quality compared to many of the films submitted at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. While a good portion of the film includes scenes at night, the high production values provide a clear and sharp image.

The Sound:

The DVD contains a Dolby 2.0 Stereo track which is clear and free is hiss or distortion.
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Do you like HP Lovecraft? Do you like the X-files? Do you like the role playing game Delta Green? Then you're going to really enjoy this collection of movies. ROUGH MAGIK is a BBC TV PILOT starring PAUL DARROW, who played Kerr Avon on BLAKE 7. DARROW's character in ROUGH MAGIK is a hard edged investigator, Mr. Moon, who works for a clandestine goverment organization, which covertly monitors cult activity. Mr. Moon is called in when a large number of people fall under the mind control of the SLEEPING GOD CTHULHU.

Also on this disk, is a great little horror film, which turns up on late night Canadian TV from time to time, called: THE TERRIBLE OLD MAN, based on the short story by H.P. LOVECRAFT. I don't think it has ever been shown in the USA. A real treat for someone like myself who has been looking for faithful adaptations of Lovecraft's work.

All in all this DVD appears to be a real labor of love; and is simply chocked full of extras, including an interview with Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi
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1. It's got Paul Darrow! "Blake's 7" legend and one of the best voices in British TV ever! (His acting has sadly not always been up to the voice! LOL)
2. It's directly inspired by Lovecraftian mythos without being either too derivative or fawning of HPL.
3. It's partially set during the Falkland's War of the early 1980s - which is as unique a setting as I've ever seen for a weird tale!
4. Why was this never picked up to be a series??? The mind boggles at the shortsightedness of TV execs...
5. BTW - It's got Paul Darrow! Great!
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