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The Whisperer in Darkness

103 minutes 2012

A labor of demented love, this 2011 horror thriller, adapted from an H.P. Lovecraft story, was produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, which aspired to re-create the feel of 1930s classics like Frankenstein and King Kong. Despite all the painstaking effort—black-and-white photography, German Expressionist lighting, stop-motion animation, a floridly melodramatic score—the effect doesn't quite come off, mainly because the images are too sharp and the editing and camera work too modern. But the movie is endearing anyway for its fanboy ardor; here's one project that was created by, rather than simply consumed by, the faithful. Directed by Sean Branney, the movie centers on a professor of folklore who ventures into the Vermont countryside to investigate reports of giant crablike creatures and ultimately uncovers an interstellar conspiracy employing lots of brains in glass jars. Enjoy.

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