H P Lovecrafts The Music of Erich Zann
 
 
Studio: slarner
 
Review Count: 21
Average Rating: 4.95 stars
Genre: Horror
Length: 7 minutes 12 seconds
 
Posted on: July 11, 2007
 
 
Film Description
*** 1st Runner Up of the 2007 H P Lovecraft Film Festival Competition ***

A gifted musician discovers the notes and melodies to open portals into the infinite dimensions. But what crawling chaos lies on the other side?

This is my third film based on the works of Howard Philips Lovecraft - spurred into action by the impending HPL Film Festival competition. I was REALLY wanting to get a voice over finally for this one, but no time! Competition closes next Monday and I'm away to London for the weekend to see the Kings of Leon! Although I did manage to record a horrendous scream...

I changed a wee bit of the story leading up to the finale (don't want to spoil it by explaining too much). But sticking too closely to the text just lost a bit of impact. I don't think I changed the spirit of it. Hopefuly HPL fans will forgive me and no-one else will notice anyway!

The "dated" look - scratches, grain etc - was achieved using Augie64's Filtermod (from themovies.filefront.com). Custom overlays and backdrops are all made by myself (I was in Paris recently which inspired me to choose to do this story), except for the couple of overlays in 1900s Paris which are copyright free pictures from Wikisource. The b&w overlays that I made myself were touched up in photoshot to give an aged photo look. The Rue d'Auseil was a photo I took in Montmartre (practically the only street I could find without swarms of tourists or bumper to bumper cars!).

Except where the standard Movies music is used, I composed the music myself in Magix Music Maker... hopefully it sounds suitably otherworldly (I hope so).

Details on the story can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_music_of_erich_zann

and the whole text can be found here:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Music_of_Erich_Zann

My entry into the H P Lovecraft Film Festival.
 
Featured Reviews
- Eyris

That was a truly brilliant. I loved the backdrops of Paris and the black and white stills at the beginning of the film. The story was very suspenseful and you filmed it beautifully with excellent use of color. I usually prefer subtitles to vo's although there are certainly some vo actors on TMO who could have added something extra to this wonderful movie - but I love it as it is. Great poster too. And what an excellent job you did with the music !!

Posted on July 21, 2007
- JosephKw

Even with a new (and brilliant) ending, this certainly retains the feel of the Lovecraft classic tale. Wonderful job, especially with the choice of exotic music. It's a shame you had no time to record voice overs for this, as a good narrator would've made this great film even better, but it was nonetheless captivating even with the use of subtitles.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- TeatroXolotl

A simple, yet curious poster lured me in.

I was glad you made your own stills at the beginning, because the use of only historical photos has always turned me off in TMO. Your use of TM music as well as your own, was well edited. You were true to the text, and told a great Lovecraft story. The ending left ME leaping, floating and flying to the end. My only wish was that you took advantage of Starmaker for Erich Zann, and made a creepier face - that said, it doesn't take away from this grotesque beauty of a flick. Bookmarked.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- cecilbdemovies

I really enjoyed this. I count this as one of the (very) few Lovecraft movies that are true to the spirit. The old stock look, as well as the music and sound effects, worked very well to create the atmosphere.

Posted on July 13, 2007
 
Reviews
- rysto

Clever, scary and tense! Well done. Hard to do this style, but you did well with the music choices!

Posted on May 18, 2008
- meosha12

Love this soo much great work here



ps check out our new film
Times Up
thanks

Posted on April 5, 2008
- ellis07

STORYLINE 5/5
SCRIPT 5/5
MUSIC 5/5
VO'S/SUB 5/5
OVERALL 5/5

Amazing film, you added a lot of element that makes the film so intersting. The effort and ideas are outstanding, so i like to say well done to slarner.
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(PLEASE FEEL FREE TO RATE ANY MY MOVIES)

Posted on November 26, 2007
- Bef633

Wow!! Great music and atmosphere, you really captured the feeling of dread brilliantly. It's not often that a film on TMO makes me feel genuinely uneasy but this did! It's something about the Edwardian setting that just gives it the extra creep-out factor missing in so many horror movies on here. I would like to have seen a VO narration, as sometimes reading the subtitles takes the eye from the excellent visuals. Nice backdrops and BW photos too.

Posted on November 19, 2007
- goddard911

Dude! I watched the beginning, then you scared me so much I turned off the movie. But it might just be because I get scared by movies very easily!

Posted on August 25, 2007
- Chickadeefilms

I give this 5 Stars.

Plot: 5.0
Free Cam: 5.0
BackDrops: 4.8
Costumes and Stars: 4.5
Mods: 4.0


I think all In all This is a super movie. Just the use of all the elements made it unique and brilliant. The only issue i had what the VO or the lack there of, but I wasn't sure if that was the effect you wanted or if you couldn't find VA (i know how that is). Anyway I would love to see this movie fly to the top of the charts and i can't wait to see more of you're work.


Chickadee Films
~Movies maker & VA~

Posted on August 22, 2007
- bgood4-me

the music the tension the atmosphere was brillant this is one of the best movies i have ever seen on tmo a brilliant movie

Posted on August 22, 2007
- StokeStudios

Excellent stuff - totally absorbing, I was glued to the monitor throughout. You weaved the backdrops and overlays into it well, and the tone of the music was perfect for it. Good luck with the contest, it deserves to do well.

Posted on August 15, 2007
- Howitzer

The mysterious atmosphere with that superb custom made music was the epicentre of this terrific movie. True to the story and you were right to slightly alter it for film purposes, good direction there. Nice use of overlays and I truly enjoyed your custom B&W photographs.
Great work!

Posted on July 29, 2007
- Torben11

good movie, with favorit music. I love H P Lovecraft and this movie has the realy atmosphere

Posted on July 26, 2007
- biggstrek

Simply beautiful. Terrific work. My only wish would be that you had voiced the work and not used subtitles, but I imagine finding the right person to bring the words to life would have been very difficult (and I now have read you didn't have time. Pity!)

Loved it!

Posted on July 24, 2007
- AxeCinema

Wow, what a beauty. I am nearly dead after all that. pure excellence... you pulled of Lovecraft's style perfectly. congrats.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- Eyris

That was a truly brilliant. I loved the backdrops of Paris and the black and white stills at the beginning of the film. The story was very suspenseful and you filmed it beautifully with excellent use of color. I usually prefer subtitles to vo's although there are certainly some vo actors on TMO who could have added something extra to this wonderful movie - but I love it as it is. Great poster too. And what an excellent job you did with the music !!

Posted on July 21, 2007
- JosephKw

Even with a new (and brilliant) ending, this certainly retains the feel of the Lovecraft classic tale. Wonderful job, especially with the choice of exotic music. It's a shame you had no time to record voice overs for this, as a good narrator would've made this great film even better, but it was nonetheless captivating even with the use of subtitles.

Posted on July 19, 2007
- melicendre

It was a very captivating movie with a dark atmosphere reinforced by a great music which suited perfectly. I liked the description of Paris at the beginning. An only reproach: some subtitles (but not all) ran a bit fast for a non english-speaker like me...

Posted on July 17, 2007
- TeatroXolotl

A simple, yet curious poster lured me in.

I was glad you made your own stills at the beginning, because the use of only historical photos has always turned me off in TMO. Your use of TM music as well as your own, was well edited. You were true to the text, and told a great Lovecraft story. The ending left ME leaping, floating and flying to the end. My only wish was that you took advantage of Starmaker for Erich Zann, and made a creepier face - that said, it doesn't take away from this grotesque beauty of a flick. Bookmarked.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- lmpirie

Really enjoyed this - you really wanted to know what was going to happen next! Very atmospheric.

Posted on July 16, 2007
- cecilbdemovies

I really enjoyed this. I count this as one of the (very) few Lovecraft movies that are true to the spirit. The old stock look, as well as the music and sound effects, worked very well to create the atmosphere.

Posted on July 13, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

An excellent movie..
Great storyline....
Good work..

Film on!!

Posted on July 12, 2007
- VandrendeOrn

captivating movie, it was exellent. the music and sounds were scary and suspensefull and the freecam was great.

Posted on July 12, 2007
- simpsdog

Wow! Congratulations this is very good. Really good story. Love the beginning with the still black and white photos. You do a great job creating the feel of Paris. Terrific editing and camera work! Music was perfect. My only critique would be that some subtitles went by fast. Excellent job overall.

Posted on July 11, 2007