CC: The Lurking Fear Part 2

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

CC: The Lurking Fear Part 2

"The Lurking Fear" is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft in the horror fiction genre.  Written in November 1922, it was first published in the January through April 1923 issues of Home Brew. 

Like "Herbert West–Reanimator", earlier published in Home Brew, "The Lurking Fear" was solicited by editor George Julian Houtain expressly to be published as a serial.  Unlike with "Herbert West", however, Houtain ran recaps of the story so far with each installment after the first, relieving Lovecraft of the need for objectionable repetition.

Since I have already talked about the short story and the movie that bears the same name we shall more on to the other two movies that are based on this work.  Feel free to click that link if you need a refresher.

Dark Heritage (1989)

  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed: David McCormick
  • Produced:
    • Tom Brewer 
    • David McCormick
  • Written: H.P. Lovecraft (story "The Lurking Fear")
  • Starring: Mark LaCour, Tim Verkaik, Eddie Moore, Joan Parmelee, David Hatcher, Todd Leger, Joe Jennings
  • Music: Unknown
  • Cinematography: Unknown
  • Editing: David Wayne
  • Studio:
    • Cornerstone Films 
    • Sterling Pictures
  • Distributed:
    • Burning Moon Home Video  
    • Cornerstone Video  
    • Peacock Films
  • Rated: Unknown
  • Release Date: Unknown
  • Running Time: 94 min
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

How bad does a movie have to be when most of the crew credits are unknown and no one wants to own up to writing the screenplay? 

Dark Heritage (UK: Dark Heritage: The Final Descendant) is a 1989 American horror film adapted from H. P. Lovecraft's short story "The Lurking Fear".

Following a violent storm, a small campsite in the Southern states is found littered with mutilated bodies.  Journalist Clint Harrison investigates and learns of a family called the Dansens who kept a terrible secret. Resolving to get to the bottom of things, Harrison and his buddies decide to spend the night in the abandoned Dansen home with the result that there are more deaths, and Harrison finds out a terrible truth: he is related to the Dansens.

To quote Den of Geek mostly because there isn’t much information available on this terrible film:

Dark Heritage doesn’t capture much of the lurking or fear of Lovecraft’s prose, either, but it at least attempts to recreate some of the source story’s best scenes as well as it can. Plus the movie does what any tale of terror should do: leaves the audience asking questions.

Why, in all of his repeated encounters with the degenerate Dansens, did George not meet the same fate as his co-stars? Was he too a distant descendant? Why was Daniels’ wife dressed as Princess Leia? And with crazed editor Anthony Daniels named after the actor who played C3PO, were these Star Wars references intentional?

Sadly, most reviewers say this is actually the most faithful adaptation of Lovecraft’s short story.  Well, let us hope the next movie has more information available.


Hemoglobin (1997)

  • Original Title: Bleeders
  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed: Peter Svatek
  • Produced:
    • Julie Allan 
    • Hélène Boulay 
    • John Buchanan 
    • Ed Elbert 
    • Gary Howsam 
    • Pieter Kroonenburg
  • Written:
    • H.P. Lovecraft (short story "The Lurking Fear")  
    • Charles Adair (Screenplay) 
    • Dan O'Bannon (Screenplay) 
    • Ronald Shusett (Screenplay) 
    • Gerald Seth Sindell (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Gillian Ferrabee, Pascal Gruselle
  • Music: Alan Reeves
  • Cinematography: Barry Gravelle
  • Editing: Heidi Haines
  • Studio:
    • Fries/Schultz Film Group 
    • Kingsborough Greenlight Pictures
  • Distributed:
    • Fries Film Group 
    • A-Pix Entertainment 
    • Allumination Filmworks  
    • Mill Creek Entertainment 
    • Platinum Disc 
    • Screen Media Ventures 
    • Simitar Entertainment 
    • TVA International 
    • Unapix Entertainment Productions
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 13 October 1998
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Country: Canada /  United States
  • Language: English

Bleeders (also known as Hemoglobin) is a horror movie released in 1997, based on H. P. Lovecraft's story "The Lurking Fear".

John (Roy Dupuis) and Kathleen (Kristin Lehman) Strauss are a couple attempting to uncover the secret to John's rare blood disease.  Along the way, they encounter Dr. Marlowe (Rutger Hauer), who is intrigued by the case.  Little do they know that the island which they are about to set foot upon is home to the Van Dam family, mutant-like creatures who have become deformed and bloodthirsty from centuries of inbreeding.  Their mutation began with their relative Eva Van Dam, who had an incestuous relationship with her twin brother.  Also, they are fully functioning hermaphrodites, capable of reproducing with themselves.  Conveniently, they need to survive on (dead or alive) human flesh.

John eventually discovers that he is in fact a Van Dam, who was born normal looking, and was therefore allowed into normal society.  His rare blood disease stems from the fact that he needs human flesh and sex with his siblings in order to function properly.

In the prologue, the "King of Holland" is mentioned in relation to the year 1652.  Holland was part of the Dutch Republic from 1581 through 1795, and had no king.

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