H.P. Lovecraft's Witch House (2021)

Portia Chellelynn, Julie Anne Prescott, Andrea Collins, Erin Trimble,
Graduate student Alice Gilman is running from an abusive past. She seeks refuge in the infamous Hannah house; a historic home with an ominous past. Determined to prove the possibility of alternate dimensions, she unknowingly unloc...
  • 2.8 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-07-06 Added:
  • Ken Wallace, Writer:
  • Bobby Easley, Director:
  • J.D. Brenton, Producer:

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4 / 10

The stars weren't right, again...

Stumbling upon the 2021 movie adaptation of the H. P. Lovecraft short story "Dreams in the Witch House" here in 2022, I needed no persuasion to sit down and watch this movie from writers Bobby Easley and Ken Wallace.

However, I have to be honest, while the movie's cover/poster seemed interesting enough, I must admit that I wasn't really harboring much of any high hopes for "H. P. Lovecraft's Witch House", since the majority of attempts to put Lovecraft's work to the screen has been dubious at best. But hey, director Bobby Easley deserved a fair chance with "H. P. Lovecraft's Witch House".

"H. P. Lovecraft's Witch House" is a mixed bag of nuts, so to speak. The production value in this 2021 movie is good, and that definitely counts for something. The storyline, however, well while it is influenced by the Lovecraft short story, the writers were definitely enjoying some creative freedom with the script. I have to say that I prefer to read the short story over watching this movie.

Yeah, "H. P. Lovecraft's Witch House" was not an overly impressive foray into the cosmic dread of Lovecraft's Mythos. Sure, the movie was watchable, but it was someone on the B movie side.

Now, I am a huge fan of the Mythos and the universe that H. P. Lovecraft created and that countless of authors have expanded upon in his wake. But this movie just wasn't particularly impressive.

My rating of "H. P. Lovecraft's Witch House" lands on a four out of ten stars.

1 / 10

H.P. sauce on a salisbury steak

The best scene is when the two girls romp it up, seriously.

I honestly can't think of anything more to say except- don't waste your time.

Possibly the worst H. P. Lovecraft adaptation to date.

6 / 10

Fun enough for what it is but let down by some factors

Trying to get away from an abusive relationship, a woman manages to find a room in a strange house that she uses for her studies into the occult and various figures looking to access alternate dimensions, but when she realizes their true purpose tries to stop it from happening.

This one managed to prove enjoyable enough for what it is but does have some problems. Among the few positive aspects on display here stem from the highly intriguing and layered setup that comes into play here. The fact that there are several interconnected storylines at play here, starting with her abusive past and the need to move out into the house to begin with brings us into her mindset rather early on while the decision to study the mystical forces going on around her gives off a great reasoning to stay there once things start happening. The connections made here by the various forces throughout history and what she's studying that are slowly unveiled through her studies and research into alternate dimensions that becomes a driving force throughout this one even before taking into account the secondary storyline about the series of mysterious child kidnappings going on in the area around her that is brought up occasionally. These setups are then put to use rather nicely in a series of impressive supernatural attacks and sequences involving the demonic beings coming through their dimension into ours. The initial sequences of the purpose behind the figures being built with the math overlaid over everything to prove her point which causes a series of strange visions and hallucinations about the creatures to appear in shadow around her are quite fine and start to hint at what's to come. The two big occult-based sequences here, the dream of the abducted baby being sacrificed and then being put under the spell of the witches to allow the demonic curse to come to bear on her, are chilling enough bringing the full force of the demonic entity's power on display. That comes to pass in the big final confrontation, featuring enough fun gore and a rather nice series of scenes that give the final battle some stakes here which come together into making this one quite fun for this kind of effort. There aren't a whole lot of problems here but it's got some detrimental factors. The biggest drawback to this one is the rather obvious and somewhat limiting low-budget on display which provides several smaller factors with it. The first of these is that it's oftentimes way too dark to be able to see clearly what's going on, rendering much of what's going on so briefly observed through its shadowy creation that we can't see anything clearly. The scenes of the sacrifices taking place by the demons, the scenes of her in the attic, or just any kind of sequence taking place at night comes off with a haze that renders it quite difficult if not impossible to make out due to the low level of lighting on display, and with a bizarre green filter run through everything that makes for an even more rough time figuring out what's happening. With the gore scenes also looking rather cheap and flimsy in their execution, there's little about this one that hides its low-budget nature and is what holds this one back.

Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, and Nudity.

8 / 10

H.P would be proud!

No director starts at the top, but I think this was a great movies for being low budget! Bobby Easley has come a long way from the beginning!! Keep up the good work! So on a meat review I'm saying this was a T-bone!!

1 / 10

Really!

This film actually won awards? Wow, I am lost for words here. Ok, let's move on. This adaptation is an insult to Lovecraft's story. (9 awards? Really?) Of course, let us use some female sexuality in here: naked, sultry, sexy, it will surely interest some people. They could have worked on the acting instead but no, sex sells. (There must be a typo with the 9 awards won.)What is happening with films in this day and age? So much rubbish, no originality and films winning awards. It must have been a family and friends award night.