I was just thinking about all the adaptations of Lovecraft - video games, etc. And there have been really a lot of them. A shocking amount, really. But it seems that a good number of them just aren’t really very good. And it isn’t to say you can’t make good work from his ideas but it sometimes feels like his ideas work best when they don’t specifically invoke Lovecraft directly.
Maybe I am talking out of my ass. But it seem like the most successful adaptation to video games lately was Bloodborne and that one does some VERY UnLovecraft things. I thought 2007’s Cthulhu was great BECAUSE it was not a direct adaptation.
That isn’t to say it was the best movie but I think it was at the very least…interesting in a way that the actual direct film adaptations by the Lovecraft society could never be. To me, Lovecraft’s ideas are often greater than the stories they are invoked within. They really do speak to the imagination and give us the notion of something greater. Is The Call of Cthulhu a good book? While I would never deny its importance and its influence, it is a very awkward piece of storytelling. Does that make it a failure? Absolutely not. But it does present challenges to the person reading his work.
Ok gotta finish this later. The baby needs a diaper change.