While we’re in the thick of a Lovecraftian Invasion, it seems a good time to show some reasonably recent short films based on H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Statement of Randolph Carter” (1919) — plus an older bonus.
I repeat to you, gentlemen, that your inquisition is fruitless. Detain me here forever if you will; confine or execute me if you must have a victim to propitiate the illusion that you call justice; but I can say no more than I have said already. Everything that I can remember, I have told with perfect candour. Nothing has been distorted or concealed, and if anything remains vague, it is only because of the dark cloud which has come over my mind—that cloud and the nebulous nature of the horrors which brought it to me. (From “The Statement of Randolph Carter” in At the Mountains of Madness and other Novels, Arkham House edition, 1964, p. 299)
The Statement of Randolph Carter (US-2008; short [15:42 min]; dir. John Kazuo Morehead)
Academic, Randolph Carter is questioned by the police when his friend and mentor Harley Warren turns up missing.
The Statement of Randolph Carter (US-2007; short [5:30 min]; dir. Lance Hendrickson):
Bonus: Pickman’s Model
Below, in three parts, is a version of Lovecraft’s story “Pickman’s Model” filmed for Rod Serling’s TV series Night Gallery (Season 2, Episode 11, first aired 1 December 1971 and directed by Jeff Corey).
You know, it takes profound art and profound insight into Nature to turn out stuff like Pickman’s … only a real artist knows the actual anatomy of the terrible and the physiology of fear … Pickman had it as no man had ever had it before or—I hope to heaven—ever will again. (from “Pickman’s Model” in The Dunwich Horror and Others, Arkham House edition, 1963, p. 13)
Pickman’s Model: Part 1
Pickman’s Model: Part 2
Pickman’s Model: Part 3