Eldritch Horrors Beckon You to Join In on H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival’s Streaming Version

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival boasts more than 60 feature-length and short films inspired by the work of that very author for this year’s edition, which marks the 25th anniversary of this wildly popular cinematic event. Festival directors Brian and Gwen Callahan took Portland Horror Film Festival online this year, and now they are doing the same for H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, opening the event to a wider audience than its previous regional in-person versions.

I’m one of the selection judges for H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, so I can personally vouch for the quality of the films that the fest has in store. Among these are the surreal mind-bender The Hill and the Hole, based on a short story by Fritz Leiber, in which a state-employed archaeologist comes across a strange, undocumented mound in a highly remote area, and the equally lovely and creepy Estonian portmanteau Eerie Fairy Tales, which collects a solid group of occult stories, ancient myths, and urban legends. A complete lineup of the features and shorts can be found at https://hplfilmfestival.com/hplfilmfestival-portland-or/films. Following is the festival’s official press release.

The Hill and the Hole

This October 1-4 is the 25th Anniversary of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival®, and this year the celebration of Independent cosmic horror cinema will be served directly to your living room!

This huge, vibrant festival usually takes place on 3 screens and in secondary venues with multiple art, music, film, and live events. For the first time ever, anyone in the World can enjoy the show with a Streaming Festival Pass. 

Fans in the U.S. can get streaming passes through the Hollywood Theatre website at https://hollywoodtheatre.org/events/25th-annual-hp-lovecraft-film-festival-cthulhucon/.

This year’s virtual Guests of Honor are Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, Reborn, From Beyond) and award winning author Victor LaValle (The Changeling). Festival programming features new independent feature and short films in the cosmic horror and Weird tale tradition, plus live and interactive events, Q&As, presentations, and panel discussions that make this much more than just watching movies at home.

Eerie Fairy Tales

Festival directors Brian and Gwen Callahan are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with their festival family even if it’s in virtual space, but in light of the pandemic, they firmly believe moving to a streaming format is the safest and best course of action. “We knew we didn’t want to cancel the festival outright. It’s something we all look forward to every year, and maintaining some sense of normalcy is extra important!” said Gwen Callahan. “Things keep getting weirder and we’re all isolated here in the US, so we think the right thing to do is to bring the right kind of Weird directly into your home!” 

Gwen and Brian are also the directors of Portland Horror Film Festival, and took that event online in June, making it the first all-horror film festival in the U.S. to stream its entire program. The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival was founded in 1995 by Andrew Migliore to promote the work of Lovecraft-inspired independent filmmakers from around the world. Since taking the reins in 2011, current directors Gwen and Brian Callahan have grown the festival to a three-day extravaganza of film, art, author readings, scholarly presentations, live performances, tabletop gaming demos, and are working hard to bring a taste of all these experiences to the streaming festival.

The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival stands with the Black Lives Matter movement. H. P. Lovecraft was a pulp author during the 1920s and 1930s, and is one of the most influential horror writers of the modern era. Like many American historical figures, he is problematic due to his racist personal beliefs. The festival believes in celebrating his substantial influence on art, music, film, and literature, while acknowledging but firmly rejecting his racist views. The H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival’s mission has always been to encourage and showcase new voices that expand on the cosmic horror genre.  Featuring over 60 films from 20 countries with filmmakers and panelists of diverse ethnicities, gender identities, and sexualities, an integral part of the festival’s programming is highlighting the amazing breadth of modern cosmic horror.

Regular passes and single day tickets will be available shortly through the Hollywood Theatre.

For the latest updates, please visit the official festival website at https://www.hplfilmfestival.com

Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry fell in love with horror films as a preschooler when he first saw the Gill-Man swim across the TV screen in "The Creature from The Black Lagoon" and Mothra battle Godzilla in "Godzilla Vs. The Thing.” His education in fright fare continued with TV series such as "The Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits," along with legendary northern California horror host Bob Wilkins’ "Creature Features." His love for silver age and golden age comic books, including horror titles from Gold Key, Dell, and Marvel started around age 5.

He is a contributing writer for the "Phantom of the Movies VideoScope" and “Drive-In Asylum” print magazines and the websites Horror Fuel, Diabolique Magazine, The Scariest Things, B&S About Movies, and When It Was Cool. He is a co-host of the "Uphill Both Ways" pop culture nostalgia podcast and also writes for its website. Joseph occasionally proudly co-writes articles with his son Cohen Perry, who is a film critic in his own right.

A former northern Californian and Oregonian, Joseph has been teaching, writing, and living in South Korea since 2008.