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The Buzz:

        I guess continuing my recent theme of low-budget independent movies, In Search of Lovecraft follows a news team who are stuck with the seemingly waste-of-time Halloween piece about the works of H.P. Lovecraft. However their journey into the Mythos of Lovecraft soon takes a turn for the weird, and they're soon fighting for their lives against a mysterious cult, and the real-life monsters of Lovecraft's stories.

 

 Life of the Party:

        Much like my reviews of Osombie and Total Retribution, In Search of Lovecraft is a low-budget indie film that's made with more passion than talent. Fans of the H.P. Lovecraft short stories can find a sort of "Oh hey I like this, and THEY like this, so this movie is for ME" feel, and fans of independent films can appreciate what the cast & crew were able to pull off with their meager means.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        And despite how many times my fellow reviewers tell me to expand more and give more examples, that's really where I have to stop the positives. I enjoyed Total Retribution because of its story, setting, and general atmosphere. I enjoyed Osombie for its setting, characters, and sheer entertainment value. In Search of Lovecraft has pretty much none of that.

        The setting is pretty bland and uninteresting. I'm NO expert with H.P Lovecraft stories (I've read some, but I'm no scholar or avid fan personally), but what I have read all involve somewhat epic settings, or had some form of atmosphere to take a normal setting and turn it into something larger-than-life and terrifying. This movie takes place in a...place for lack of a better word, and I never felt immersed in the story and what the characters were going through.

        The characters also just sort of...exist in this story. I feel like the most effort they made with a character was the camera man, and even he just became a stereotype that I've seen in several other films over the years. The main protagonist, the intern, the "witch," the occult guru, all of them were pretty two-dimensional and uninteresting. You could have substituted them with any other character stereotype, and the movie would have been just as effective. In any horror story you want to empathize and feel for the protagonists, so you can feel so much more when they succeed or fail. With In Search of Lovecraft, I was denied this empathy, and was thus denied any ability to care about the characters when they met their individual fates.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering

        Overall it's kind of hard to recommend In Search of Lovecraft for any real setting. I would say it's best served with a group of friends, LOTS of drinks, and possibly between two much stronger movies in your Lovecraft movie-theme night (The Last Lovecraft and perhaps The Dunwich Horror being possible suggestions). Fans of the H.P. Lovecraft Mythos might find some entertainment to be had with all the references and fan-service, but the average viewer will need substantial libations, and the support of their friends, to watch the film with any form of entertainment.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ H.P. Lovecraft films will always have their fans

- Overall weakness cripples the film for most viewers

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