Starting January 2015 the BFI will be devoting regular slots in its Southbank cinema to programming cult cinema. First up are two films that spin out of the works of H.P Lovecraft: Re-Animator and In the Mouth of Madness. This is the first time in recent memory that such a programme devoted to cult has been run, although cult cinema has always been supported by the BFI via events like Flipside and the dedicated London Film Festival cult strand.
From Beyond: HP Lovecraft on Film
Rarely can the term ‘unfilmable’ be used with such conviction as when describing the literary works of renowned horror scribe HP Lovecraft. While his stories of wild imagination (and even wilder terror) vividly painted perverse worlds of mythical dread, his singular vision has all too often left filmmakers confounded when it comes to breathing cinematic life into his creations. However, when one gets it right the results are staggering. Here, in our new cult cinema strand, we celebrate two examples of how it should be done.
Michael Blyth, programmer