Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom – Halloween Horror Month Movie Spectacular 2016 Day 1

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It’s that time of the year again. The time that I rediscover how precious time is, and perhaps it’s not a good idea to spend it watching thirty-one movies in one month. But tradition is tradition, and here we are. I thought I would start the month with something lighthearted and went for a PG animated movie based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft. While certainly far from the author’s vision, it seems like the kind of thing that could work if done well. Enter Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom. An abomination from the depths of cold space with few redeeming qualities beyond its premise. And by few, I mean two; Christopher Plummer and Ron Perlman delivers some pretty good voice acting.

I hate being sop harsh on the movie, I really did want to like it. I could forgive the less than stellar animation and overall cheap look (the above screenshot is about as exciting as it gets) if the writing was good. But it’s just not. The plot is basic at best, pacing is something that happens to other movies (our two main characters stop at one point to play for a few minutes before they resume the story) and the dialogue is very stilted. The latter of which is unfortunately not helped by the flat delivery of most of the actors.

The movie also has a serious problem with tone. The writing and design seems to be aimed at young children who won’t mind the bad animation and uninteresting story. But the Lovecraft references will only make sense to someone who is fairly familiar with the original stories. Make sense to and probably annoy, considering the changes made. I’d also be hesitant to let children watch bits of this movie; I’m not sure what age you need to be to grasp the concept of Lovecraft’s father being locked up in an insane asylum, driven mad by forbidden knowledge.

In summary: I wanted to like this movie, but there was nothing about it that would let me. The premise held promise, but it lacked in execution. Hopefully tomorrow’s movie will be… I hesitate to say better, but it does have Vin Diesel in it so there’s that.

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