The Whisperer in Darkness is by far the best movie I’ve seen this month. It is an adaptation of the Lovecraft story by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society (who also did the amazing Call of Cthulhu). Call of Cthulhu was a silent film in the style of the time that the story was written and published. Likewise, The Whisperer in Darkness has been adapted as if it were made at the time that the story was written, in this case the early 1930’s. That’s right, it’s a talkie!
Quite a lot has been changed and added, but more or less all of it is for the better. I would not have minded a more literal adaptation, but the changes do make for a better movie. And it does retain the spirit of the original. Add to that that it looks great, is well acted and keeps the suspense up even for those that are familiar with the story (perhaps even more so for them), and you have a really good movie. It is probably not for everyone, at least a passing appreciation of Lovecraft is probably a good start. But for me, this is one movie I will be watching again. And again.