There are a lot of subtitles on this batch of best short films from the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival–nearly half the selected films were in foreign languages. This gives me a chance to keep up with the French I learned in high-school eons ago.
It’s hard to pick out a favorite from this batch. There are three I like very much, and others are pretty good.
Before we get to the films, we start with a bonus music video of a song titled “The Calling,” from the band Infinite Spectrum; it’s part of a thematically connected series of songs that musically retell Lovecraft’s The Haunter of the Dark.
“The Calling” is about Blake’s search for the church on Federal Hill. A sample of the lyrics:
The distant view I spied for months.
No landmarks can I find.
Like in a dream, but stranger still.
Were they figments of my mind?
I ask a merchant about the church
Of Gothic stone and tall dark spire.
He makes the cross and turns away.
My query draws his ire.
Through a maze of alleyways,
And streets of cobblestone,
A test of my endurance,
To find the church of stone.
Since I’ve watched this DVD several times recently, this song has gotten into my head and I go around the house singing the chorus.
The last verse ends when Blake finds the church. “God heard my prayer.” Um, not quite.