Top 10 H.P. Lovecraftian Movies

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.


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  1. 1). The Thing (1982)

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    The Thing (1982)

    Official Synopsis: A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After…

    Tagline: Anytime. Anywhere. Anyone.

    Cast: Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, John Carpenter, Keith David, Norbert Weisser, Charles Hallahan, Wilford Brimley, Larry Franco, David Clennon, Richard Dysart,…

  2. 2). Re-Animator (1985)

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    Re-Animator (1985)

    Official Synopsis: A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's incorrigible housemate in this campy sendup of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The emphasis is on…

    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, Annyce Holzman, Velvet Debois,…

  3. 3). Army of Darkness (1992)

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    Army of Darkness (1992)

    Official Synopsis: Ash is transported with his car to 1,300 A.D., where he is captured by Lord Arthur and turned slave with Duke Henry the Red and a couple of his men. When Ash is thrown into…

    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, Billy Bryan, Josh Becker,…

  4. 4). The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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    The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

    Official Synopsis: Five teenagers head off for a weekend at a secluded cabin in the woods. They arrive to find they are quite isolated with no means of communicating with the outside world. When the cellar door…

    Tagline: If you hear a strange sound outside... have sex.

    Cast: Luke Burnyeat, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Sabongui, Terry Notary, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Cetrone, Richard Jenkins, Jodelle Ferland, Dan Payne, Adrian Holmes,…

  5. 5). From Beyond (1986)

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    From Beyond (1986)

    Official Synopsis: Dr. Edward Pretorius and his assistant, the physician Crawford Tillinghast, have developed the Resonator, a machine to stimulate the sixth sense through the pineal gland. When Crawford activates the apparatus, he sees creatures flying in…

    Tagline: Humans are such easy prey.

    Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, Dale Wyatt, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Bunny Summers, Albert Band, Bruce McGuire, Ted Sorel, John Leamer,…

  6. 6). The Mist (2007)

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    The Mist (2007)

    Official Synopsis: The Draytons - David, Steff and their son Billy - live in a small Maine town. One night a ferocious storm hits the area, damaging their house. The storm is accompanied by a strange mist…

    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, Ron Fagan, Frances…

  7. 7). In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

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    In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

    Official Synopsis: With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent…

    Tagline: Lived Any Good Books Lately?

    Cast: David Warner, Sam Neill, Peter Jason, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Rushton, Jürgen Prochnow, Hayden Christensen, Jürgen Prochnow, Gene Mack, Chuck Campbell,…

  8. 8). Hellraiser (1987)

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    Hellraiser (1987)

    Official Synopsis: Clive Barker's feature directing debut graphically depicts the tale of a man and wife who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature - the man's half-brother, who is also the woman's former…

    Tagline: Still Raising Hell [20th Anniversary Re-Issue]

    Cast: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Michael Cassidy, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Clare Higgins, Oliver Smith, Robert Hines, Andrew Robinson, Oliver Parker,…

  9. 9). Dagon (2001)

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    Dagon (2001)

    Official Synopsis: Based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the undisputed master of the macabre, Dagon tells the story of Paul Marsh, a young man who discovers that the truth will not set him free instead…

    Cast: Richard Stanley, Javier Sandoval, Ferran Lahoz, Macarena Gómez, Macarena Gómez, Ignacio Carreño, Diego Herberg, Óscar García, José Lifante, José Manuel…

  10. 10). Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

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    Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

    Official Synopsis: In Peru, Dr. Herbert West and Dr. Dan Cain are medical volunteers in a civil war with the assistant Francesca Danelli and they are researching how to create human life from dead tissue using wounded…

    Tagline: Date. Mate. Re-animate.

    Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Noble Craig, Johnny Legend, Charles Schneider, Irene Cagen, Bruce Abbott, David Gale, Kathleen Kinmont, Rebeca Scott, Jay Evans,…

  11. 11). Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)

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    Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)

    Official Synopsis: H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'. He finds it guarded by monks in an old library. He then copies some stories from it, which unfold…

    Tagline: To Hell and back.

    Cast: Jeffrey Combs, David Warner, Bruce Payne, Vincent Hammond, Richard Lynch, Judith Drake, James Paradise, Dennis Christopher, Denice D. Lewis, Juan…

  12. 12). Event Horizon (1997)

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    Event Horizon (1997)

    Official Synopsis: In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return…

    Tagline: Infinite Space - Infinite Terror

    Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee, Joely Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan, Jack Noseworthy, Peter Marinker, Noah Huntley, Richard T.…

  13. 13). Lurking Fear (1994)

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    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, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of her…

    Tagline: Infinite evil...

    Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Ashley Laurence, James W. Quinn, Vincent Schiavelli, Luana Stoica, Blake Adams, Adrian Pintea, Ilinca Goia, Jon Finch, Joseph…

  14. 14). Cthulhu (2007)

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    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, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has a long-awaited tryst.…

    Tagline: Welcome home...to the end of the world.

    Cast: Cara Buono, Tori Spelling, Greg Michaels, Richard Garfield, Charles Creasy, Dennis Tracy, Jasminka Vukcevic, Amy Main, Nathan Ladd, Dennis Kleinsmith,…