LIFE AFTER 'THE VOID' - MORE WAYS TO SATISFY YOUR DESIRE FOR COSMIC TERROR

'The Void' was absolutely amazing. Bringing horror fans an effectively disturbing tale based on the kind of grotesque, cultish space-horror any Lovecraft-inspired film would be expected to deliver. But like any good thing in this sometimes shitty world, it unfortunately has to end. Still, that doesn't mean your fun-and-dabble in the world of all things slimy, ancient, fishy, other-worldly and sometimes sexual, has to come to an end as well. So I bring you a few examples, in various forms of entertainment, that will allow the cosmic perversion and horror to continue. Oh goody.


ETERNAL DARKNESS (VIDEOGAME)

In the summer of 2002, Nintendo published and Silicon Knights developed horror game 'Eternal Darkness' was released. Ok, this may seem like an odd choice to include in this list, but only on the surface. While many Gamecube owners were looking forward to the game's promise of playing tricks on them during gameplay ("sanity effects"), it was the Lovecraft inspired plot and themes that provided the horror everyone was seeking. Featuring a narrative that dealt heavily with the occult - one which worshiped and sought to empower ancient tentacle gods - Eternal Darkness encompassed a lot of the horror that sits at the foundation of any good Lovecraft story. While asking prices for new and like-new copies of the game reach the same heights that this game's horror does, you can still find more reasonable sellers if you're willing to sacrifice a little on the packaging presentation. You'll need a Gamecube or older model Wii game console to play it, but if you have the means, this is one of the best way to continue to experience those same thrills provided by 'The Void'.

The plot of the game revolves around Alexandra Roivas, who is investigating the mysterious murder of her grandfather Edward Roivas. While exploring his Rhode Island mansion, she discovers a secret room containing, among other odd items, a book bound with human skin and bone


AMNESIA (VIDEOGAME)

Sure, it's another videogame, but again, one that really delivers the goods! Amnesia isn't your typical horror-survival title in that it takes away the player's ability to attack the very evil that stalks you throughout your entire play time! If that already sounds like nope-city, understand that the atmosphere is overwhelmingly dark and oppressive as well. You're forced to manage a supply of lantern oil in order to keep what little light you have available, from burning out; and if it does happen that it's extinguished, your character will begin to go insane, making things that much harder to survive. Oh, and the monster looks like every one of your worst nightmares stitched together and given legs. Fun.

Fan poster courtesy if LukeTheArtist96, on deviantart.com

Fan poster courtesy if LukeTheArtist96, on deviantart.com

The game, set in 1839, casts the player in the role of Daniel, a young man from London, who awakens in the dark halls of Prussian Brennenburg Castle with little to no memory about himself or his past.[1] All he can remember is his name, that he lives in Mayfair, and that something is hunting him. Shortly after waking, Daniel finds a note written by himself that explains how he purposely made himself forget his past.

*from the Amnesia wiki


NEONOMICON (COMIC BOOK SERIES)

Alan Moore's intense crime/thriller that plays hard on paranoia and, as is the expected common-theme with Lovecraft inspired works, an occult that aims to bring back to our planet, ancient ones who've long been dormant. What allows Neonomicon to really stand out is the explicit subject matter and it's presentation. This is a very disturbing, very violent, very graphic comic book series, and as such, the kiddies need not apply; but adults looking for something that aims to not only shock, but deliver a highly compelling story about secret society "Hail-Hydra" type stuff, will be well served by this. 

Neonomicon
$15.28
By Alan Moore

Comic book legend Alan Moore (WATCHMEN, FROM HELL) and brilliant artist Jacen Burrows deliver a chilling tale of Lovecraftian horror! Brears and Lamper, two young and cocky FBI agents, investigate a fresh series of ritual murders somehow tied to the final undercover assignment of Aldo Sax –the once golden boy of the Bureau, now a convicted killer and inmate of a maximum security prison


GREAT TALES OF HORROR (HARDCOVER COLLECTION)

There are many H.P. Lovecraft collection sets out there, but this particular hard cover edition featuring a "best of" really reads like one of the better ones all the while wrapped with a lovely cover presentation stamped with a very lovely cthulu like demon baby thing, and the obligatory tentacle. There's no denying what awaits the reader inside; I highly recommend starting with the classic masterpiece, "The Call of Cthulhu". That'll better explain the cover creature for you.

"H.P. Lovecraft: Great Tales of Horror" features twenty of horror master H.P. Lovecraft's classic stories, among them some of the greatest works of horror fiction ever written, including: "The Rats in the Walls," "Pickman's Model," "The Colour out of Space," "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dunwich Horror," "The Shadow over Innsmouth," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow out of Time," and "The Haunter of the Dark."

Terrifying illustration by Deviantart member fiend-upon-my-back

Terrifying illustration by Deviantart member fiend-upon-my-back


DAGON (2001 FILM)

Tense, surreal, and by it's conclusion, visually disturbing. This one plays on the paranoia that comes with being a stranger in a new unexplored town, one that is so obviously hiding a very dark, very slimy scaly secret. I don't want to give too much away, but you can expect one of the best depictions of a mermaid ever, an excellent performance from Ezra Godden, and an ending that'll have you scrambling for the rewind button. Stuart Gordon fans would be remiss to, uh, miss this lesser known gem.

Dagon
$9.99
Starring Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño, Macarena Gómez, Brendan Price

Paul Marsh (Ezra Godden) is yachting on the Spanish coast with three companions when a freak storm causes their boat to founder on the rocks. Paul goes to a nearby village to get assistance, as two of his friends have been trapped in the boat's wreckage. He notices that the locals seem odd, and their behavior grows increasingly strange. When Paul begins seeing a mermaid (Macarena Gomez) who has appeared in his nightmares, he realizes that the fearful world of his dreams is now a reality.


EVENT HORIZON (1997 FILM)

While this is probably the most loosely connected suggestion to Lovecraft lore on this list, there are elements that actually bring it closer to some of what horror fans loved about 'The Void' than any of the others. For one, the crew becoming possessed by the conjured evil and turning on each other, and for another more obvious one, the crew leader being destroyed and remade into the ultimate inter-dimensional conduit for said evil. Sam Neil and Kenneth Welsh do phenomenal jobs in their respective films as liaisons for that oh-so needy cosmic mastermind hell-bent on invading and destroying our dimension, without lifting a frickin' tentacle.  

Poster courtesy of the talented artist Chris Garofalo. 

Poster courtesy of the talented artist Chris Garofalo. 

Event Horizon
$3.99
Starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones

When the Event Horizon, a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, suddenly reappears, a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. Accompanied by the Event Horizon's creator, William Weir (Sam Neill), the crew of the Lewis and Clark, led by Capt. Miller (Laurence Fishburne), begins to explore the seemingly abandoned vessel. However, it soon becomes evident that something sinister resides in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the Event Horizon's previous journey are still present.


IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994 FILM)

This masterpiece theater of the fictional horror book series written by the diabolical novelist Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow) is also a veritable horror film masterpiece. Probably the scariest entry in John Carpenter's filmography and what I feel is Sam Neill's second most powerful performance (first goes to his work in Possession, which, should have been put on this list too quite honestly). In the Mouth of Madness has really got it all for fans of traditional  H.P. Lovecraft material; dealings with the occult and their attempts to conjure ancient gods, fanaticism, paranoia, madness, the use of selected humans as conduits for their devious plans, a shitload of slimy grotesque monsters, eroticism, and an overall bleak outlook on humanity.

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In the Mouth of Madness
$9.99
Starring Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover

When horror novelist Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow) goes missing, insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) scrutinizes the claim made by his publisher, Jackson Harglow (Charlton Heston), and endeavors to retrieve a yet-to-be-released manuscript and ascertain the writer's whereabouts. 


FROM BEYOND (1986 FILM)

Here we come to the final recommendation on the list and also the second Stuart Gordon film to make it on here. Sex, multi-dimensional monster fish, the relentless pursuit of power, more sex, and third-eye brain tentacles. The film is loosely based on the short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft, only expanded upon to include a much more fleshed out narrative, extra characters, three of which are played by the very awesome horror-veteran-trio of Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, and Ken Foree. Oh, and we have yet another film with a crazed doctor/scientist (Ted Sorel) looking to rip the fabric of our universe apart. 

From Beyond
$3.99
Starring Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree

Obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel) successfully discovers a way to access a parallel universe of pleasure by tapping into the brain's pineal gland. When he is seemingly killed by forces from this other dimension, his assistant, Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs), is accused of the murder. After psychiatrist Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton) and detective Bubba Brownlee (Ken Foree) take the case, the trio risks a return to the other world in order to solve the mystery.

 

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