sovay: (Claude Rains)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote 2015-11-08 04:18 am (UTC)

In Tim Holt's defence, I didn't notice the axe either.

It might have been more noticeable on a big screen. In a theater, it's right behind him.

I do like the character moments -- for once the Navy base and neighbouring town do seem like actual communities rather than a backdrop.

Agreed. In the case of the Navy base, I suspect it didn't hurt that they filmed at the real thing—abandoned now along with much of the infrastructure of the Salton Sea, but very much in use in 1957.

Have you ever seen The Haunted Palace (1963)? Corman, having run out of Poe, did an adaptation of "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," only his backers made him change the title, possibly fearing Lovecraft was too obscure.

No! We saw the trailer on Saturday and it effectively obscured any hint of Lovecraft, instead mostly looking like a lurid period piece in the style of The Masque of the Red Death. Do you recommend it?

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