Here are our Top 10 Lovecraftian Movies based on work or influenced by H.P. Lovecraft featuring the Lovecraft mythos. These films are also referred to as “Cosmic movies” which is horror movies based on science. We include Clive Barker‘s Lovecraft inspired Hellraiser (1987), John Carpenter‘s In the Mouth of Madness (1994)/The Thing (1982), Stuart Gordon‘s Re-animator (1985)/Dagon (2001)/From Beyond (1986), Paul Anderson‘s Event Horizon (1997), Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993), Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell‘s Army of Darkness (1992), Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s The Cabin in the Woods (2012), Stephen King‘s The Mist (2007). In the future, we will expand this list to include even more Lovecraftian films all ranked.
1). The Thing (1982)
Official Synopsis: A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.
Tagline: Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone.
Cast: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Keith David, Norbert Weisser, Charles Hallahan, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon
Official Synopsis: A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
Tagline: He's a 20th century guy, trapped in the middle ages.
Cast: Bill Moseley, Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Ian Abercrombie, Sam Raimi, Bridget Hoffman, Patricia Tallman
Official Synopsis: An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.
Tagline: Lived Any Good Books Lately?
Cast: Sam Neill, David Warner, Peter Jason, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Rushton, Jürgen Prochnow, Hayden Christensen, Charlton Heston
Official Synopsis: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
Tagline: H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale of horror
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Gerry Black, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Peter Kent, Greg Robbins, Al Berry
5). The Mist (2007)
Official Synopsis: A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Tagline: Stephen King's Legendary Tale of Terror
Cast: David Jensen, William Sadler, Toby Jones, Thomas Jane, James Paul, Ritchie Montgomery, Robert C. Treveiler, Jeffrey DeMunn
Official Synopsis: An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.
Tagline: Still Raising Hell [20th Anniversary Re-Issue]
Cast: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Michael Cassidy, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Oliver Parker, Clare Higgins, Oliver Smith
Official Synopsis: A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board.
Tagline: Infinite Space - Infinite Terror
Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Joely Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan, Jack Noseworthy, Peter Marinker
Official Synopsis: Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain discover the secret to creating human life and proceed to create a perfect woman from dead tissue.
Tagline: Date. Mate. Re-animate.
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Noble Craig, Charles Schneider, Johnny Legend, Irene Cagen, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Kathleen Kinmont
9). Dagon (2001)
Official Synopsis: A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.
Cast: Richard Stanley, Javier Sandoval, Ferran Lahoz, Macarena Gómez, Fernando Gil, Jorge Luis Pérez, Ignacio Carreño, Diego Herberg
Official Synopsis: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Tagline: If you hear a strange sound outside... have sex.
Cast: Luke Burnyeat, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Sabongui, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Cetrone, Terry Notary, Richard Jenkins, Jodelle Ferland
11). From Beyond (1986)
Official Synopsis: A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.
Tagline: Humans are such easy prey.
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Dale Wyatt, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Bunny Summers, Albert Band, Bruce McGuire
Official Synopsis: H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'...
Tagline: To Hell and back.
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, David Warner, Bruce Payne, Vincent Hammond, Richard Lynch, Judith Drake, James Paradise, Dennis Christopher
13). Lurking Fear (1994)
Official Synopsis: The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left...
Tagline: Infinite evil...
Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Ashley Laurence, James W. Quinn, Vincent Schiavelli, Luana Stoica, Blake Adams, Adrian Pintea, Ilinca Goia
14). Cthulhu (2007)
Official Synopsis: A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate...
Tagline: Welcome home...to the end of the world.
Cast: Cara Buono, Greg Michaels, Tori Spelling, Megan Rider, David Kirwan, Nancy Stark, Sabrina Prada, Hilary H.J. Specht
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