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Thursday, August 29, 2013

CC: The Unnamable II (1992) Shadow of The Unnamable (2011)

So tonight we will be exploring the sequels to last week’s stories and movie, please go here for your literary background.

The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1992)

  • Directed: Jean-Paul Ouellette
  • Produced: Jean-Paul Ouellette, Alexandra Durrell
  • Written:
    • Jean-Paul Ouellette (Screenplay)
    • H. P. Lovecraft (Short Story)
  • Starring: Mark Kinsey Stephenson, Charles Klausmeyer, Maria Ford, John Rhys-Davies, Julie Strain
  • Music: David Bergeaud
  • Editing:
    • William C. Williams
    • Bill Wilner
  • Cinematography:
    • Greg Gardiner
    • Roger Olkowski
  • Studio:
    • The Unnamable Productions Co.
    • Yankee Classic Pictures
  • Distributed:
    • Prism Entertainment Corporation (VHS)
    • Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment (DVD)
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: March, 1993
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter is a 1993 horror film.  It incorporates elements from the short story "The Statement of Randolph Carter" by H.P. Lovecraft, and is a sequel to The Unnamable, which is loosely based on the short story of the same name, also by Lovecraft.

Mark Kinsey Stephenson reprises the role of Randolph Carter from the previous film, while Charles Clausmeyer appears as Howard.  John Rhys-Davies plays Professor Warren, and David Warner plays the dean of the university.

David Warner is also featured in the film Necronomicon, starring alongside Jeffrey Combs, who plays Lovecraft himself.

The film opens outside the Winthrop house from the first film, only this time it is swarming with police officers and medical technicians.  Howard is being wheeled into an ambulance because he has three deep gashes in his chest, Tanya is put into a police car, and Randolph is carrying Joshua Winthrop's book of spells, which he gives to Howard for safe keeping.  Randolph confronts the Dean of the university about the house, who tells him not to dabble in things that he could never understand.  Then Randolph goes to Professor Warren, who agrees to help.

Howard is dragged along and the three go the spot where Randolph erupted from the ground in the first film. Howard is to stay near the car to keep guard.  Eventually, Warren and Carter find Alyda, Joshua Winthrop's demon daughter (Joshua Winthrop appears to Howard in a dream at some point to confess that he caused his daughter's evilness) wrapped up in the roots of the tree that dragged Alyda out from the house in the first film.  Warren injects the monstrous being with insulin to rid her body of the demon.  This plan works, and she transforms into a beautiful woman, naked and wrapped in the tree roots.  She is given sugar to bring her out of the insulin overdose, and the pair free her from her bonds.  The demon is still in the caves, though, and it begins to hunt Alyda down so that they can be one again.  After a showdown in the Arkham Library, Randolph manages to defeat the demon, but Alyda dies simultaneously.

 

Shadow of the Unnamable (2011)

  • Directed: Sascha Renninger
  • Produced: Sascha Renninger, Wilfried E. Keil
  • Written:
    • Sascha Renninger (Screenplay)
    • H. P. Lovecraft (Short Story)
  • Starring: Jeff Motherhead, Robert Lyons, Nina Kasper, Matthias Hahn, Erich Kunkel, Markus Grimm, Frank Müller, Stephanie Krug
  • Music: Andreas Meyer
  • Editing: Florian Eisner, Sascha Renninger
  • Cinematography: Wilfried E. Keil
  • Studio: Church Hill Pictures
  • Distributed: Church Hill Pictures
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: September‭ ‬17,‭ ‬2011 (First Screening)
  • Running Time: 16 minutes
  • Country: Germany
  • Language: English

Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Unnamable, Sascha Renninger’s Shadow of the Unnamable manages to capture all of the aspects of Lovecraft’s work that make it memorable in a brilliant mix of mood, visual composition and digital and animated effects.

The short starts off as two friends argue in a cemetery.  Randolph Carter (Robert Lyons) is a novelist who is prone to writing about the dark and sinister, though his friend Joel Manton (Jeff Motherhead) derides him for ending his stories with events or imagery that are too horrible to name or describe.  By Joel’s estimation, nothing is indescribable or unnamable, as one of Randolph’s stories would suggest, and Randolph goes about filling in some of the back story to help flesh out how he got to such a nondescript ending.  As the story nonchalantly unfolds, night falls and the two men find themselves suddenly in the midst of the mysterious legend they’ve been discussing.


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