The Lovecraft Chronicles: Dumas

July 27, 2010

The last few days have been an endurance test of late-night shoots as I helped with Darkstone Entertainment’s production of the next installment of their Lovecraft Chronicles series.  This episode, titled Dumas, is about a Bram Stoker vampire of the same name.  (In the story, Dumas was from an unpublished manuscript, unknown until recently.)  Due to an interdimensional weakness, horrific literary creations are coming to life.  Now it’s up to the far-flung relatives of famous writers — using code names like Lovecraft, Poe, and so on, depending on their affiliation — to restore the natural order.

Dumas and another episode that will be filmed this weekend, Leviathan, will premiere at the Horrorfind Weekend film festival in September.  (The tentacled Leviathan, as you might have guessed, is a previously unknown creation of H.P. Lovecraft.)  It will also be for sale there as a limited edition DVD, with a booklet insert containing a special fourth episode written by me.

Here are a few pictures:

The crusader codenamed Stoker kneels during a magical blood rite that will locate the vampire Dumas.

The crusader codenamed Stoker kneels during a magical blood rite that will locate the vampire Dumas.

The crusader codenamed Hitchcock prepares to have his chest ripped open by a vampire.  Special effects were provided by Bio Duck FX.

The crusader codenamed Hitchcock prepares to have his chest ripped open by a vampire. Special effects were provided by Bio Duck FX.

One of our actresses in the course of being buried alive for a vampire-birth scene.

Actress Teale Davies in the course of being buried alive for a vampire-birth scene.

Brian Wimer made for an effective and menacing vampire Dumas.

Brian Wimer made for an effective and menacing vampire Dumas.

Overall, it was a great experience, but good God did I sweat a lot — not from nervousness, since the production was in great hands, but from the freakin’ 90-degree weather!  It wouldn’t have been so bad except we spent the first two nights filming in un-airconditioned warehouses.  I’m sure all the sacrifice will be worth it, though.