Review: Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2012 movie)

Those of you familiar with H.P. Lovecraft’s biography probably won’t learn anything new from this documentary, but you might like it anyway because of the intelligent commentary by Peter Straub, Guillermo del Toro, Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, and other horror writers, directors, and fans. It’s respectful toward its subject but acknowledges Lovecraft’s flaws as a writer and as a human being, including his racism and xenophobia, attitudes that were hardly unique to him at the time but are still troubling, so I was glad to learn that he apparently started to rethink those prejudices later in life and might have given them up entirely had he lived long enough.

(Another one I watched on Crackle.)


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