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1. The Dunwich Horror (1970)

R | 90 min | Horror

Wilbur Whateley travels to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon. But, little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human...

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner

Votes: 3,359

2. The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

Not Rated | 47 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

While sorting the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of dark secrets connected to an ancient horror waiting to be freed.

Director: Andrew Leman | Stars: Matt Foyer, John Bolen, Ralph Lucas, Chad Fifer

Votes: 7,289

3. The Curse (1987)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When a meteorite lands near his family farm during a storm in Tennessee, the son of a struggling farmer believes it's connected to strange plague-like events afflicting the crops, the farm animals and even the family themeselves.

Director: David Keith | Stars: Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, Malcolm Danare, Cooper Huckabee

Votes: 2,320 | Gross: $1.93M

4. The Dunwich Horror (2009 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

In Louisiana, the thirty-five year old single mother Lavina, delivers a baby boy - and a monster - in the evil Whateley House. Ten years later, Dr. Henry Armitage and his assistant, ... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Scott | Stars: Sarah Lieving, Griff Furst, Dean Stockwell, Jeffrey Combs

Votes: 887

5. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

53 Metascore

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner

Votes: 54,790 | Gross: $8.95M

Another of those films that you could be fooled into thinking was based on a little-known Lovecraft story.

6. Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993)

R | 96 min | Horror

H.P. Lovecraft, the well-known horror writer, is looking in the late thirties after the book 'Necronomicon'. He finds it guarded by monks in an old library. He then copies some stories from... See full summary »

Directors: Christophe Gans, Shûsuke Kaneko, Brian Yuzna | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Tony Azito, Juan Fernández, Brian Yuzna

Votes: 5,040

7. Dagon (2001)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño, Macarena Gómez

Votes: 15,343

Despite the name it is an adaptation of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" and a pretty good one at that.

8. Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
Episode: Dreams in the Witch-House (2005)

TV-MA | 55 min | Horror

A graduate student questions his sanity after he rents a room in an old boarding house which was the residence of a 17th Century witch, and he figures out that the evil forces still roam within the walls.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Ezra Godden, Campbell Lane, Jay Brazeau, Chelah Horsdal

Votes: 4,498

9. Re-Animator (1985)

Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale

Votes: 50,329 | Gross: $2.02M

Based on "Herbert West: Re-Animator"

10. From Beyond (1986)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ted Sorel, Ken Foree

Votes: 19,686 | Gross: $1.26M

11. Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998 TV Movie)

56 min | Horror, Fantasy

Haunted by disturbing dreams from an inherited book, a young man becomes interested in the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.

Director: Raymond St-Jean | Stars: Christopher Heyerdahl, Peter Farbridge, Art Kitching, Michael Sinelnikoff

Votes: 248

12. Bride of Re-Animator (1989)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Doctors Herbert West and Dan Cain discover the secret to creating human life and proceed to create a perfect woman from dead tissue.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Claude Earl Jones, Fabiana Udenio

Votes: 12,120

Based on "Herbert West: Re-Animator"

13. Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

After 13 years in prison, the mad scientist from Re-Animator (1985) gets a new chance to experiment with the arrival of a young prison doctor, who secretly hopes to learn to reanimate dead people. Good intentions turn to horror.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry, Bárbara Elorrieta

Votes: 10,265

Based on "Herbert West: Re-Animator"

14. Hellboy (2004)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

72 Metascore

A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt

Votes: 292,477 | Gross: $59.62M

Mike Mignola's work is very inspired by Lovecraft (as well as other early horror writers, who also influenced HP), so the comics are well worth tracking down.

15. Lurking Fear (1994)

R | 76 min | Action, Horror

The town of Leffert's Corners has been plagued by unearthly beings for decades, and now there is only a few people left, including the local priest and a woman traumatised by the death of ... See full summary »

Director: C. Courtney Joyner | Stars: Jon Finch, Blake Adams, Ashley Laurence, Jeffrey Combs

Votes: 1,161

16. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

In a fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Fred Ward, David Warner, Julianne Moore, Clancy Brown

Votes: 2,479

17. Castle Freak (1995 Video)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A man struggles to save his family from the strange and deadly occurrences in the castle they've inherited.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jonathan Fuller, Jessica Dollarhide

Votes: 5,848

18. Dirt Dauber (2009)

35 min | Short, Horror

A man awakes naked and confused in a isolated mountainous region, and soon encounters a strange local who offers to help him. The helpful stranger tells the man of local folklore that ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Daniels | Stars: Lyon Forrest Hill, Lee O. Smith

Votes: 28

19. Pickman's Muse (2010)

77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An artist, Robert Pickman, becomes obsessed by visions of unworldly horror, revealed to him through an ancient artifact discovered in an abandoned church.

Director: Robert Cappelletto | Stars: Barret Walz, Maurice McNicholas, Tom Lodewyck, Joyce Porter

Votes: 286

Based on "Haunter of the Dark"

20. Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary

A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.

Director: Frank H. Woodward | Stars: Robin Atkin Downes, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Guillermo del Toro

Votes: 1,333

Watch at SnagFilms: http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/lovecraft_fear_of_the_unknown

21. The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

"Three times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous city, and three times was he snatched away while still he paused on the high terrace above it." Thus begins H. P. Lovecraft's epic tale... See full summary »

Director: Edward Martin III | Stars: Toren Atkinson, Raymond Beckett, Jason Brooks, Andrew Hamlin

Votes: 171

22. Cool Air (1999)

Unrated | 43 min | Short, Horror

Randolph Carter moves into a squalid boarding house in the summer of 1925 where he becomes friends with a mysterious doctor who revives him after a near-fatal heart attack. Soon after, ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Moore | Stars: Jack Donner, Ron Ford, Vera Lockwood, Bryan Moore

Votes: 312

24. The Crimson Cult (1968)

R | 87 min | Horror

When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming, and his niece more demonstrably so, ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Mark Eden, Barbara Steele

Votes: 1,776

25. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 136,921 | Gross: $5.92M

26. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 152,721 | Gross: $11.50M

27. Beyond the Wall of Sleep (2006)

R | 84 min | Horror

Joe Slaader is a mysterious mountain man being held in the Ulster County Asylum after the brutal murder of his family. Edward Eischel, a young intern, sees something more than just an ... See full summary »

Directors: Barrett J. Leigh, Thom Maurer | Stars: George Peroulas, Fountain Yount, Gregory Fawcett, William Sanderson

Votes: 1,036

28. Monster of Terror (1965)

Approved | 80 min | Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi

A young man visits his fiancée's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer

Votes: 2,521

aka Die, Monster, Die!

Based on "The Colour Out of Space"

29. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

78 Metascore

The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Alexander

Votes: 244,206 | Gross: $75.75M

30. Altitude (2010)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.

Director: Kaare Andrews | Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Landon Liboiron

Votes: 9,517

Although it also has the feel of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Horror of the Heights".

31. Cthulhu (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

41 Metascore

A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has... See full summary »

Director: Dan Gildark | Stars: Jason Cottle, Casey Curran, Ethan Atkinson, Patrick McKnight

Votes: 1,824 | Gross: $0.02M

Again, despite the name, the main inspiration comes from "The Shadow Over Innsmouth."

32. An Imperfect Solution: A Tale of the Re-Animator (2003)

17 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

In the year 1920 two Miskatonic University graduates are practicing medicine by day and trying to revive the dead by night. Herbert West is prepared to go to great lengths to see his ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Matzke | Stars: Bobby R. Poirier, Jason Waron, Amanda Huotari, James Noel Hoban

Votes: 54

Based on "Herbert West: Re-Animator"

On The H.P. Lovecraft Collection, Volume 1

Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ3LucEpaU8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utJEDUtj_WE

33. Messiah of Evil (1973)

R | 90 min | Horror

A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.

Directors: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz | Stars: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang, Anitra Ford

Votes: 2,646

A tricky call, but see one of the discussion threads over there which kicks around the idea of Lovecraftian influences. Watch it for yourself and make up you own mind, as this is public domain:

The film is public domain. Get it from the Internet Archive (or as Dead People with MPEG2 format)

34. At the Mountains of Madness

Adventure, Fantasy, Horror | Announced

A chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition's uncanny discoveries and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization.

Probably doomed, it'd need an R to get across the true horror but can't get the budget at that rating.

35. Maléfique (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Four prisoners find an ancient diary in the wall of their cell which might be the key to getting out.

Director: Eric Valette | Stars: Gérald Laroche, Philippe Laudenbach, Clovis Cornillac, Dimitri Rataud

Votes: 3,524

36. The Curse of Yig (2011)

32 min | Short, Horror

In 1925, a young academic visits the Guthrie Asylum in Oklahoma to explore the native tribal belief in the snake god, Yig. There she is confronted by a bizarre creature, the sole living ... See full summary »

Director: Paul von Stoetzel | Stars: Amy Schweickhardt, Tim Uren, Dawn Krosnowski, Conor Timmis

Votes: 25

Shown at the 2012 HP Lovecraft Film Festival.

37. Colour from the Dark (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

Pietro and Lucia live on an isolated farm with Alice, Lucia's younger sister. Poor farmers, they live tilling the soil. Pietro is a good worker and a strong man who, unlike his three ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Zuccon | Stars: Debbie Rochon, Michael Segal, Marysia Kay, Gerry Shanahan

Votes: 683

38. The Attic Expeditions (2001)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Trevor is a young man who has been sentenced to a long stay in a mental hospital after brutally killing his girlfriend. However, the longer Trevor is in stir, the more he wonders if the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Kasten | Stars: Andras Jones, Seth Green, Jeffrey Combs, Wendy Robie

Votes: 1,581

39. A Short Film About John Bolton (2003)

Not Rated | 27 min | Short

A documentary film crew takes a look at the inspiration behind artist John Bolton's painting.

Director: Neil Gaiman | Stars: John O'Mahony, Marcus Brigstocke, Carolyn Backhouse, Jonathan Ross

Votes: 247

Inspired by "Pickman's Model"

40. Prince of Darkness (1987)

R | 102 min | Horror

50 Metascore

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 32,992 | Gross: $14.18M

41. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
Episode: Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading (1986)

TV-PG | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

A boy is terrified of his odd, sinister, bed-ridden grandma. / A hack with writer's block is tormented by impish hell-raising creatures that only he can see. / An understudy copes with radio director's insistence on real sound effects.

Directors: Bradford May, Peter Medak, Gus Trikonis | Stars: Barret Oliver, Darlanne Fluegel, Frederick Long, Martin Balsam

Votes: 240

"Gramma" was inspired by "The Thing on the Doorstep" and references the Cthulhu Mythos.

42. Mortis Rex

Action, Fantasy, Thriller | Announced

In 122 A.D., a disgraced Roman war hero earns a chance at redemption when sent to defend a Roman garrison stationed in the wilds of Britain against a spate of mysterious killings. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Briggs

Listed under Cthulhu Mythos films on Wikipedia.

43. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 153,687 | Gross: $33.80M

I'm going to have a ponder on this one, I'd have not come up with it myself but it gets a mention on Wikipedia, so is worthy of further thought (it is set in Lovecraft Country).

44. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

89 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 723,205 | Gross: $78.90M

45. Ghostbusters (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis

Votes: 327,004 | Gross: $238.63M

According to Wikipedia: "novelist/screenwriter Barbara Hambly has called 'marvelously Lovecraftian'" something I missed first time around, as I'd yet to read any Lovecraft. I'm still not 100% sure but...

46. Night Gallery (1969–1973)
Episode: The Diary/A Matter of Semantics/Big Surprise/Professor Peabody's Last Lecture (1971)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A strange diary shows gossip columnist her sad future. / Dracula visits a blood bank with an odd request. / Hawkins the hermit promises a surprise to three boys if they dig for it. / Professor Peabody publicly ridicules Lovecraftian gods.

Directors: Jerrold Freedman, William Hale, Jack Laird, Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Patty Duke, Virginia Mayo, David Wayne, Cesar Romero

Votes: 241

"Professor Peabody's Last Lecture" isn't based on HPL's work but it involved the Necronomicon and includes a Mr Lovecraft as a character.

47. Marianne (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

After the death of his beloved wife a man begins to fall apart mentally, having dreadful nightmares and finding his family and career affected. As time goes on, he begins to rapidly slip away.

Director: Filip Tegstedt | Stars: Thomas Hedengran, Peter Stormare, Tintin Anderzon, Sandra Larsson

Votes: 451

48. Collected Swedish Cults

Horror, Mystery | Announced

An anthology about ancient beings and the Swedish cults dedicated to them.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein

49. Prometheus (I) (2012)

R | 124 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron

Votes: 542,241 | Gross: $126.48M

Returns to the ancient astronaut theme more explicitly than the first film. Del Toro even stated that the similarities between Prometheus and his plans for the "At the Mountain of Madness" might have put the last nail in the latter's coffin.[1]

[1] http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=89939&offset=20

50. Re-Animator: 1942 (2008)

3 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi