See this film series: H.P. Lovecraft Birthday Tribute @ the Brattle

In the Mouth of Madness

No film has yet done justice to the grotesque, nightmarish, and squishy genius of H.P. Lovecraft. But some have come close. Maybe too close. If you do not fear for your sanity, you might sample a few of them screened for the writer's Birthday Tribute at the Brattle Theatre. On Friday, August 17 you can see Sean Branney's The Whisperer In Darkness (2011; 9 pm), in which a professor looks too deeply into legends of strange creatures in Vermont. Made in collusion with the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, it aspires to be the most authentic adaptation of one of the master's stories ever. It's paired with Andrew Leman's short The Call of Cthulhu (2005), and as any Lovecraft fan can tell you, this is one call you should let go to voicemail. Should you survive that, you might want to rest a couple of days and take your chances with In the Mouth of Madness (1994), modern day horror-meister John Carpenter's take on his mentor H.P.'s tale of yet another investigator who checks out a mystery and uncovers awful things (read: Charlton Heston). It screens Sunday, August 19 at 9:30 pm. The Brattle is at 40 Brattle St, Cambridge | $9.75; $7.75 students; $6.75 seniors | 617.876.6837 or

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