The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Vol. 1: Cool Air
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The H.P. Lovecraft Collection on DVD brings together for the first time films screened over the last 10 years at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. The first volume is Cool Air, based on Lovecraft's famous short story, and follows Randolph Carter as he moves into a squalid boarding house in the summer of 1925. There he becomes friends with a mysterious doctor who revives him after a near-fatal heart attack. Soon after Carter discovers the awful truth about the doctor, and the fragile line that separates life and death. Cool Air features a stellar performance by Jack Donner (Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Stigmata) as Dr. Munoz, and remains a haunting reminder of the power of the human will. The volume also includes the following short films: Nyarlathotep, The Hound, An Imperfect Solution, and The Hapless Antiquarian, in addition to exclusive interviews with the cast & crew of Cool Air, and an interview with author and scholar S.T. Joshi.
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Was I ever wrong.
At the end of the movie I was in a state of near shock. I do not know how else to put it, really. There are only really three roles that get any real screen time in the movie - The Landlady, The Renter and Dr. Munoz - but each of the actors brings a wonderful feeling of being present in the film. In addition the way that this film was made helps to surrender your sense of disbelief - the scratchy film amd the odd noises heard in the sound track all help the viewer to surrender to the idea that this is in actuality a much older film than it really is.
I cannot recommend this film highly enough. If you are a fan of Lovecraft, then you should see this film as soon as you can. If you enjoy horror movies and can see horror beyond bucket fulls of gore, then this is a movie for you. On the other hand if you think "Friday the Thirteenth" or "Nightmare on Elm Street" are great horror movies, well, this may not be for you.
Unfortunitely I watched the other shorts on the disc. Maybe I should have watched them first, because after cool air they just look like what they are. Ameteur short films done using Adobe Premier with some very bad costumes and props.
In the end though, I have to say I'm happy I bought it. The shorts are at least good for a little bit of a laugh.
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I do have to give the writer/producer/director/actor credit--he overcame some serious obstacles to make this film (full disclosure: I had also once...Read more