The 24th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival returns to the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon on October 4-6, 2019! Just like the previous 23 years, this year’s festival is gearing up to provide Lovecraft fans with plenty of great films and exciting guests.
The big headliner this year — at least as far as this devoted follower of the Church of Cage is concerned — is the Pacific Northwest premiere of Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space. This Lovecraft adaptation is about a family that moves to rural New England to escape the hustle and bustle of the 21st century, only to have their lives turned upside down when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. This is quite possibly the movie I am most eager to see this year and with good reason. It’s directed by the aforementioned Stanley and stars Nicolas freakin’ Cage! The rest of the cast includes Joely Richardson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tommy Chong, and Madeleine Arthur.
Oh, and did I mention that Richard Stanley will be in attendance? Because he will be and that rules.
Other guests at this year’s festival include Victoria Price and Roger Corman. Price, an award-winning author and daughter to the legendary Vincent Price, will be the guest of honor and sharing tales about growing up the daughter of an icon. Corman needs no introduction unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 60 years. And if you have been living under a rock, why come out now when the world is on the brink of total destruction? Stay in the safety of your rock.
Price and Corman are fitting guests this year, not just because they rule, but because this year the fest will screen Corman’s 1963 classic, The Haunted Palace. Despite being pushed as another Edgar Allan Poe film from Price/Corman, The Haunted Palace is actually the first ever commercial Lovecraft adaptation. Price stars in dual roles as Joseph Curwen and Charles Dexter Ward. The film will be presented in 35mm.
In addition to Color Out of Space and The Haunted Palace, the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival will feature over 40 short and feature films, plus a few more guests. Be sure to visit HPfilmfestival.com for more details and updates as they come in. Fans looking to grab deluxe ticket packages now, can do so over via the festival’s fundraising campaign.