Movies based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft

HP Lovecraft

Adaptations of Lovecraft’s Work

  • The Haunted Palace (1963)
    The first feature film adapted from a story by HP Lovecraft. Based on his Novel The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Directed by Roger Corman, it was actually marketed as part of Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe film series. The title is taken from a Poe peom for marketing. The film stars Vincent Price.
  • Die, Monster, Die! (1965)
    Based on “The Colour Out of Space”
  • The Shuttered Room (1967)
    Based on a short story of the same name by August Derleth and H. P. Lovecraft.
  • The Dunwich Horror (1970)
    The film was based on the short story of the same name.
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • From Beyond (1986)
  • The Unnamable (1988)
  • Pulse Pounders (1988)
    This horrror anthology includes an adaptation of Lovecraft’s The Evil Clergyman, featuring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton.
  • Dark Heritage (1989)
    Another uncredited adaptation of Lovecraft’s “Lurking Fear.”
  • The Resurrected (1992)
    Based on The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.
  • Necronomicon (1994)
    Anthology based on three of his tales. based (loosely) on “The Rats in the Walls,” (directed by Christophe Gans) “Cool Air” (helmed by latter-day Godzilla director Shusuke Kaneko) and “The Whisperer in Darkness”
  • Castle Freak (1995)
    Loosly based on “The Outsider”.
  • Dagon (2001)
    Not based on Dagon short story but based on The Shadow over Innsmouth.
  • Cool Air (1999)
    Cool Air is a 50-minute black and white film based on the story
  • Dreams in the Witch-House (2005)
    produced as an episode of Showtime’s Masters of Horror
  • The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
    shot as a silent black and white film
  • Cthulhu (2007)
    Cthuhlu is based liberally on The Shadow over Innsmouth, but places the story in a modern setting in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Cthulhu 2009
  • Pickman’s Muse (2010)
    Adaption of “The Haunter of the Dark”
  • The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)
    Made by THe Lovecraft Historical Society and based on the story of the same name.
  • The Thing on the Doorstep 2014


Bleeders (1997)
An uncredited low-budget adaptation of the Lurking Fear.

Chill (2007)
A low-budget version of Lovecraft’s, “Cool Air.”

Inspired by Lovecraft

This list could go on forever, but we’ll pick some obvious ones to get started with.

  • Absentia 2011
  • Alien 1979
  • AM1200 2008
  • Banshee Chapter 2013
  • Black MOuntain ide
  • The Burrowers
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Event Horizon
  • In the Mouth of Madness
  • The Last Wave
  • The Mist
  • The New Daughter
  • Prince of Darkness
  • The Shrine
  • Hellboy
  • Hellboy II
  • Spider Labyrinth
  • The Creature Below
  • The Thing
  • The THing Sequal
  • The Void
  • YellowBrickRoad
  • John Dies at the End
  • Cast a Deadly Spell
  • The Last Lovecraft:Relic of Cthulhu
  • The Evil Dead (1981)
  • Evil Dead II (1987)
  • House of Black Wings (2010)
  • Kammaren (2007)
  • Dark Paradox (2007)
  • The Subject (2006)
  • Closet Space (2008)
  • In Search of Lovecraft (2008)
  • Hunters of the Dark (2011)
  • Out of Mind: The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft
  • Dark Waters (1994)
  • Artemis 81
  • Altitude