H.P. Lovecraft in Film - The Big List

by Sureds | created - 2 months ago | updated - 10 hours ago | Public

A list of titles based on, inspired by, or with echoes of H.P. Lovecraft's works. Adaptations as well as Lovecraftian works in chronological order. The list is a constant work in progress as I'm adding new titles and notes regularly.

I've also started adding a score from 1-5 to the films I've watched, 5 points being the most Lovecraftian in my humble opinion (mostly direct adaptations). The HPLP (Howard Phillips Lovecraft points) rating has nothing to do with the quality or enjoyment factor of the films, just the amount of 'Lovecraft' I experienced and found in them. Anthologies and series are purely rated on the segments and episodes noted in the commentaries. And again, it's just what I got out of the works. Also a work in progress, some titles I have yet to see, other I should rewatch through a Lovecraftian lens I guess before adding a score.

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1. The Mysteries of Myra (1916)

Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Myra Maynard, is plagued by a wide variety of metaphysical assaults by the corrupt Black Order, a secret organization which uses magic, curses and any supernatural means possible to achieve its ends.

Directors: Leopold Wharton, Theodore Wharton | Stars: Jean Sothern, Howard Estabrook, Allan Murnane, M.W. Rale

Votes: 8

Occult mysteries in the era of H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Aleister Crowley stars in this serial.

2. The Trail of the Octopus (1919)

Not Rated | 300 min | Mystery, Thriller, Action

Carter Holmes, master criminologist, must help the oft-kidnapped Ruth Stanhope to find the 9 daggers that will unlock the secret of the cursed Devil's Trademark!

Director: Duke Worne | Stars: Ben F. Wilson, Neva Gerber, William Dyer, Howard Crampton

Votes: 18

Occult mysteries in the era of H.P. Lovecraft. If Lovecraft ever saw these is unlikely but they do have a lot of themes Lovecraft used in his work.

3. The Mystery Mind (1920)

300 min | Drama

A murderous gang of mysterious creepy killers mark a young heiress for death. They are led by a ghostly voice known only as the "The Mystery Mind." Will her finance save her just in time, ... See full summary »

Directors: Will S. Davis, Fred Sittenham | Stars: J. Robert Pauline, Violet MacMillan, Paul Panzer, Ed Rogers

Occult mysteries in the era of H.P. Lovecraft. If Lovecraft ever saw these is unlikely but they do have a lot of themes Lovecraft used in his work.

4. The Hope Diamond Mystery (1921)

Passed | 300 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

The true story of Lord Francis Hope who inherits the Hope Diamond and marries showgirl May Yohe. Lord Francis Hope gambles away the family fortune and May Yohe leaves him. Another suspected curse of owning the Hope Diamond.

Director: Stuart Paton | Stars: Grace Darmond, Harry Carter, George Chesebro, Boris Karloff

Votes: 27

Occult mysteries in the era of H.P. Lovecraft. If Lovecraft ever saw these is unlikely but they do have a lot of themes Lovecraft used in his work. Echoes of Nyarlathotep.

5. Berkeley Square (1933)

Passed | 88 min | Fantasy, Romance

A young American man comes to believe that he can will himself back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meet his ancestors, who lived in the house he has just inherited.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Leslie Howard, Heather Angel, Valerie Taylor, Irene Browne

Votes: 669

Supposedly inspired H. P. Lovecraft's The Shadow out of Time.

6. The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors: Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, James Arness, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 23,349

Echoes of At the Mountains of Madness. John Carpenter based the 1982 The Thing on this film. Adaptation of Who Goes There? (John W. Campbell).

7. The Maze (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A Scotsman abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty and moves to his uncle's castle in the Scottish highlands. Kitty and her aunt follow Gerald a few weeks later, and discover he ... See full summary »

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery, Michael Pate

Votes: 821

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. A bit of Charles Dexter Ward, The Outsider and Clark Ashton Smith's Tsathoggua.

HPLP: 3

8. The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean, Thora Hird

Votes: 4,981

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

9. Quatermass II (1955– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Robinson, Monica Grey, Hugh Griffith, John Stone

Votes: 330

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

10. X the Unknown (1956)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village.

Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey | Stars: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern, Anthony Newley

Votes: 2,356

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of The Colour Out of Space.

HPLP: 3

11. The Mole People (1956)

Approved | 77 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier

Votes: 2,800

Echoes of The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Lurking Fear and At the Mountains of Madness.

HPLP: 1

12. The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

Director: John Sherwood | Stars: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne, Trevor Bardette

Votes: 2,564

Echoes of The Colour Out of Space. Big monoliths instead of an alien colour.

HPLP: 2

13. Quatermass 2 (1957)

Approved | 85 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sidney James, Bryan Forbes

Votes: 3,078

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

14. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 10,800

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Adaptation of Casting the Runes (M.R. James).

HPLP: 3

15. The Crawling Eye (1958)

Unrated | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.

Director: Quentin Lawrence | Stars: Forrest Tucker, Laurence Payne, Jennifer Jayne, Janet Munro

Votes: 3,091

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of At the Mountains of Madness.

HPLP: 3

16. Quatermass and the Pit (1958– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site.

Stars: André Morell, Cec Linder, Anthony Bushell, John Stratton

Votes: 793

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

17. The Blob (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr. | Stars: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland

Votes: 20,719

Echoes of The Colour Out of Space.

18. Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth -... See full summary »

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava | Stars: John Merivale, Didi Sullivan, Gérard Herter, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 1,041

Inspired by The Call of Cthulhu.

HPLP: 3

19. Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo

Votes: 1,359

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

HPLP: 2

20. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 12,750 | Gross: $13.90M

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

HPLP: 3

21. The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts

Votes: 6,458

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

22. The City of the Dead (1960)

PG-13 | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitants.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Tom Naylor

Votes: 5,296

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of The Dunwich Horror.

HPLP: 3

23. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, Lillian O'Malley

Votes: 1,124

Episodes: The Weird Tailor (Robert Bloch), Pigeons From Hell, The Extra Passenger, The Incredible Doktor Markeson (August Derleth).

24. Black Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 12,231

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

25. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor's ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Wolfgang Preiss, Dany Carrel

Votes: 1,169

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of Herbert West Re-Animator.

26. Night Tide (1961)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders

Votes: 2,064

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of The Shadow over Innsmouth.

HPLP: 3

27. The Mask (1961)

Approved | 83 min | Horror, Thriller

A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Roffman | Stars: Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker, Anne Collings

Votes: 622

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

HPLP: 3

28. La marca del muerto (1961)

74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Mad scientist brings his dead mad scientist grandfather back to life and makes a Frankenstein-type monster out of him.

Director: Fernando Cortés | Stars: Fernando Casanova, Sonia Furió, Rosa María Gallardo, Guillermo Cramer

Votes: 79

Adaptation of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

29. Diary of a Madman (1963)

Approved | 96 min | Horror

An evil spirit leaves the body of his human host, a criminal on death-row, and sneaks into the body of his next human host, a French magistrate.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, Chris Warfield, Elaine Devry

Votes: 1,834

The Horla supposedly inspired Lovecraft to write The Call of Cthulhu.

HPLP: 2

30. The Haunted Palace (1963)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr., Frank Maxwell

Votes: 5,246

Adaptation of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Edgar Allan Poe's name was used for sales purposes.

HPLP: 5

31. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt

Votes: 5,570

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of From Beyond.

32. Matango (1963)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 2,328

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

HPLP: 3

33. The Slime People (1963)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After Los Angeles is invaded by an army of subterranean monsters, a small group of people must fight for survival in the deserted metropolis.

Director: Robert Hutton | Stars: Robert Hutton, Les Tremayne, Robert Burton, Susan Hart

Votes: 1,051

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. The Slime People are highly reminiscent to the non-human races that serve the Old Ones.

34. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Votes: 6,456

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Episodes: Don't Open till Doomsday, Cry of Silence, Production and Decay of Strange Particles, The Forms of Things Unknown.

35. Dogora (1964)

83 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

The Earth is attacked by a giant jellyfish monster from outer space that, for some reason, has a sweet tooth for diamonds.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yôko Fujiyama, Hiroshi Koizumi, Nobuo Nakamura

Votes: 538

Lovecraftian creatures and influences.

36. Monster of Terror (1965)

Approved | 80 min | Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi

A young man visits his fiancée's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer

Votes: 2,537

Adaptation of The Colour Out of Space.

HPLP: 5

37. Dark Intruder (1965)

59 min | Horror, Mystery

Police call in occult expert to help solve series of murders.

Director: Harvey Hart | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Peter Mark Richman, Judi Meredith, Gilbert Green

Votes: 233

Uses ingredients from the Cthulhu Mythos. Was supposed to be a series but that unfortunately never happened.

HPLP: 5

38. City in the Sea (1965)

Unrated | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In 1903, in Cornwall, a group of locals discover an underwater city, dating back to 1803, that hides a society of smugglers and aquatic creatures.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, David Tomlinson, Susan Hart

Votes: 1,725

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of The Shadow over Innsmouth.

HPLP: 2

39. The Navy vs. the Night Monsters (1966)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Operation Deep Freeze, a scientific expedition to Antarctica discovers unusual tree specimens. When specimens are shipped out for further study, the trees are accidentally introduced to a ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael A. Hoey, Jon Hall, Arthur C. Pierce | Stars: Mamie Van Doren, Anthony Eisley, Billy Gray, Bobby Van

Votes: 526

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of At the Mountains of Madness.

HPLP: 2

40. Sound of Horror (1966)

Unrated | 91 min | Horror

When a group of isolated people in the Greek mountains set off a cave explosion, they are menaced by an invisible shrieking dinosaur that had been buried for eons.

Director: José Antonio Nieves Conde | Stars: James Philbrook, Arturo Fernández, Soledad Miranda, José Bódalo

Votes: 323

Lovecraftian themes and overtones. Echoes of History of the Necronomicon.

41. The Shuttered Room (1967)

Unrated | 99 min | Horror

A series of horrific murders is traced to a creature that inhabits a very strange house.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Oliver Reed, Gig Young, Carol Lynley, Flora Robson

Votes: 1,503

Adaptation of The Shuttered Room.

HPLP: 4

42. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 8,655

Lovecraftian themes and overtones.

43. The Crimson Cult (1968)

R | 87 min | Horror

When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming, and his niece more demonstrably so, ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Mark Eden, Barbara Steele

Votes: 1,791

Adaptation of Dreams in the Witch House.

HPLP: 5

44. Succubus (1968)

X | 79 min | Horror

Janine Reynaud stars as a nightclub stripper who free-floats through a spectral 60's landscape littered with dream-figures, dancing midgets and bizarre S&M games.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Janine Reynaud, Jack Taylor, Adrian Hoven, Howard Vernon

Votes: 887

Also called Necronomicon. The story has very little to do with Lovecraft's work.

45. The Green Slime (1968)

G | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.8