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LovecraCked! The Movie [DVD] [Import]

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa2f041f8) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2fa64e0) out of 5 stars Bad...really bad Jan. 18 2009
By Andrew H. French - Published on
Format: DVD
I run a website called, and I received a review copy of this film. This was one of the worst movies that's ever been tied to Lovecraft, in my opinion, and I have seen some really bad pieces based on HPL's writing. The centerpiece is a softcore porn version of Re-Animator (yes, I know...another one.) The framing sequence is one of the most painful things I've ever forced myself to sit through. A couple of the segments were at least interesting to watch, but overall, I don't recommend wasting the money or the time. If you want to see good indie horror film-making in the Lovecraft vein, buy a copy of the H.P. Lovecraft Collection 1 and watch "Cool Air" or the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's excellent "Call of Cthulhu". Trust me on this.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3487e94) out of 5 stars Different Venue for Horror Spoof July 30 2007
By Mel Odom - Published on
Format: DVD
Presented as an anthology of stories loosely tied together through vignettes featuring an investigative reporter researching the life and writings of horror/fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft, LOVECRACKED! THE MOVIEis sometimes amusing, but often is too hard to follow or falls flat. There are some truly brilliant, wacky pieces throughout the movie, but not enough of them.

I'd tried to watch the movie twice before I finally got through it on the third attempt. Earlier, I figured the problem was me. I was distracted, too tired from work to concentrate, or really in the mood for something that was easy to get into. But I had the same problems the third time through. The movie is so disjointed in places that it's almost like channel-surfing captured on DVD, although the stories all have to do with some aspect of Lovecraft, his work, or his Cthulhu Mythos so as not to be completely disjointed.

The stories featured on the DVD only pay passing homage to Lovecraft's work. Key pieces and conceits were borrowed or cannibalized but the new stories didn't really push into the deep thinking that lay behind those tales. Even though the movie is about Lovecraft, we don't really get to know the author. There's just not enough factual material in the presentation for someone unfamiliar with Lovecraft's fiction to get the paradigm behind the pieces. There was no discussion as to why the writers, actors, and directors show the path they took to create their films.

The parts of the movie that really work are the ones that are over-the-top. I loved the investigative reporter shtick and would often laugh out loud at the actor's antics. He had some really good stuff, and he was great with his expressions and dialogue delivery. He has a good sense of timing.

But there were several stories within the movie that just never connected, not with the rest of the movie and not with the audience. I often found myself scratching my head and wondering what it was I had just seen. Or why I was supposed to care.

Case in point was a story about the guy whose ex-lover sent him a marriage announcement. He grew angry with her and obsessed over what she was doing with her fiancé. So, somehow, he mutated into a Bugboy. He entered a cocoon and managed to metamorphose at the same time she happened to come by to check on him because she was worried about him. This section is shot in black and white, which is effective, but the prosthetic makeup is a complete joke. Plus you don't really care about any of the characters.

Many of Lovecraft's own stories were hard to understand, contained characters the reader could not identify with, and didn't have real endings. Maybe this was a pastiche representing those kinds of stories. Unfortunately, I can't confidently reach that decision based on my viewing.

A lot of people really liked Shaun of the Dead. I didn't. I felt that movie had some highlights that were worth watching, but that it missed the boat on delivering a solid film experience. So maybe it's just me. Maybe the audience that enjoyed that film will enjoy LovecraCked! The Movie. It's watchable but just so very uneven that I believe it will depend on the individual as to whether or not it's enjoyable. But it's worth looking at to find out for yourself.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xbe507618) out of 5 stars Silly yet subversive with a deaper meaning Jan. 20 2015
By Mossyfrog - Published on
At first when I began to watch this I thought, ok its a silly stupid B-ish Lovecraft movie like most of them are unfortunately BUT as it progressed I really started loving this. Its a perfect combination of Cracked magazine and Lovecraft at its best. Some of the segments were silly, some were stupid and some were genius. Capturing the insanity and sometimes chaotic reality of this world. Some of the segments I felt were truly symbolic of the underbelly of our supposedly sane world. In a way I felt this movie was very subversive in that some of the segments were silly which sort of put one in a state of sleepy compliance as if to ease us into lowering our guard then some of the segments were insane chaotic intrusions into our minds with underlying frightening meaning. Like looking at a comfy scenic painting only to realize the painter painted a horrific murder way off in the distance. This I think is the meaning and method of Lovecraft and the old ones. On the surface is calm and sanity but underneath is something far worse and horrific. This movie is a "cracked" smile with an insane foundation much like the lady in this movie in the kitchen with her tea and cookies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2c4fb4c) out of 5 stars It's Namelessly Horrible Feb. 3 2016
By John G. Johnson - Published on
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The moviemakers obviously enjoyed themselves. It is a pity the audience doesn't share their delight. The framing device (an "investigative" reporter researching an "obscure" science fiction writer) is silly without being funny. Two or three of the framed short stories showed promise. One wonders why Elias and company bothered with this project. One wonders why I bothered watching it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By M. T. - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Quite entertaining. Erie, funny, and gross all at the same time! Some really good shorts in this one. There is a re-animator spoof that is rather unsettling.

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