The Whisperer in Darkness

The Whisperer in Darkness

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Written in 1931, H.P. Lovecraft's iconic genre-bending tale of suspense and alien terrors is brought to life in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s like Frankenstein, Dracula and King Kong. Using its Mythoscope™ process — a mix of vintage and modern techniques — the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society expands on Lovecraft's original tale while still bringing you unparalleled authenticity.

Horror and science fiction collide in the adventure of Albert Wilmarth, a folklore professor at Miskatonic University, as he investigates legends of strange creatures rumored to dwell in the most remote mountains of Vermont. Wilmarth’s investigation leads him to a discovery of horrors quite beyond anything he ever imagined, and ends in a desperate attempt to escape the remote New England hills with his life and sanity intact.

The studio that brought you The Call of Cthulhu now presents one of Lovecraft's weirdest tales as a feature-length talkie starring Matt Foyer as the intrepid folklorist, Albert Wilmarth. Celebrated television and stage star Barry Lynch plays Henry Akeley, supported by an ensemble of outstanding actors. Shot on location in New England and in Hollywood, The Whisperer in Darkness brings Lovecraft's intense imagination to vivid life in the style of the 1930s.

This Deluxe Two Disc DVD set includes

  • The Whisperer in Darkness (103 minutes, black and white) with 5.1 surround sound
  • subtitles in twenty three languages
  • a replica prop newspaper clipping about the Vermont flooding

Disc Two features:

  • a delightful and revealing 47 minute Behind the Scenes documentary
  • seven documentary featurettes showcasing special effects and filmmaking techniques
  • numerous deleted and/or extended scenes
  • strange bonus features we cannot even describe
  • all Whisperer in Darkness trailers
  • this disc features over two and a half hours of additional Lovecraftian fun

As Lovecraft fans span the globe, The Whisperer in Darkness is subtitled in: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Euskera, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.

You are about to encounter what very well may be the single most successful H.P. Lovecraft adaptation ever to lick fear across a screen. Whisperer arrives like shadows out of time, a discovered relic from another dimension. A genuinely scary film and a hellishly great time.

Format: NTSC, Region 0 (region free), Black & White (special features in color with sound), widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions; feature film in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.

Bluray NOTE: The Bluray edition of Whisperer features a glorious HD picture but it does not have ANY subtitles. None. To make it up, we put a special commentary track on Whisperer which features David Robertson, Andrew Leman and Sean Branney. The Bluray contains all of the special features from disc 2 of the DVD set, but if you want subtitles, DVD is the way to go.


Customer Reviews

Based on 41 reviews

True to Lovecraft, this is a real beacon of light in the affirmative to the question of whether Lovecraft can truly be brought to the silver screen

Mike Schenk
Wonderful adaptation

Whisperer In Darkness is an amazingly high-quality version of the HPL story, one of my favorites of his writing. It expands on the story without harming the tone or losing faithfulness to the original. I liked it so much I bought another for a gift (the recipient said it should receive an award), and have ordered The Dunwich Horror as well. (I once heard a very old very good radio broadcast of Dunwich on a Halloween show, btw). I've seen a few commercial HPL adaptations; I would say Whisperer is the best I've seen - yet. I'll be buying any videos HPLHS offers.


Very well done. And completely in the style of a 1930s horror movie, or a late 1950s sci-fi thriller.
I also think the mild modifications to the end of the plot were acceptable.
But I still prefer The Call of Cthulhu story.

Aniello Raul Barone
A dream come true

Let me preface this by saying that The Whisperer in Darkness is one of Lovecraft's stories that I particularly love, so I approached the viewing of this film adaptation with an extremely critical spirit.

Despite the high quality of the work, I must confess that I was not particularly surprised, but only because, after seeing The Call of Cthulhu, I knew I would not be disappointed.

If the adaptation of Call of Cthulhu is appreciated for its excellent production techniques (considering, of course, that it is a limited-budget independent amateur production), The Whisperer in Darkness is loved from the opening credits to the end credits.

The adaptation faithfully mirrors Lovecraft's work, with a few minor liberties dictated by the needs of the case.

==Spoiler Alert==
I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of the small female character (absent in the story but functional to the pathos of the narrative in the film) and was literally delighted with the special effects and the way the Mi-Go creatures were reproduced.

All done with the typical making techniques of American science fiction films of the 1950s and 1960s, which kept me glued to the screen during my childhood in the decades that followed.

After purchasing and viewing the film on the Blu-Ray medium, I was so satisfied and delighted that I purchased, purely as a collector's item, the DVD version as well. A real must-have for any serious Lovecraft fan, I dare add.

Mike Martin

This was the first of HPLs works I ever read, so I had to make it my first Dark Adventure purchase. The quality is amazing and the addition of artifacts from the story just kicks it up a notch! Will definitely be purchasing others!