The Cast of Cthulhu: Pickman’s Model
Episode 66 – Pickman’s Model (2022)
New year, new Cthulyou!
The boys at The Cast of Cthulhu ring in 2023 by tackling “Pickman’s Model,” the first of two Lovecraft adaptations featured in the Netflix-exclusive horror anthology, Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. One of the longest entries of the anthology, “Pickman’s Model” feels like a TV episode trying to be a feature film, but without enough time to commit to any one thread, falls desperately short at establishing meaningful stakes or believable character motivations. It’s disappointing that for an adaptation featuring a witch’s feast and people carving their eyes out of their own heads, the scariest thing may be Crispin Glover’s alleged Boston accent.
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Battleship Pretension is a movie discussion podcast started in 2007 by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Since then, we’ve done live comedy shows, written reviews, commentaries and more.
Battleship Pretension is a film discussion show and a film review website founded by Tyler Smith and David Bax. Beginning in March 2007, Battleship Pretension the show (known to fans simply as “BP”) embodies the type of laidback, free-flowing conversations had by lovers of film around the world. Battleship Pretension the website is dedicated to being a destination for those seeking worthwhile opinions on current releases, be they foreign, independent, studio pictures, theatrical, home video releases, etc. From its meager beginnings in Los Angeles, Battleship Pretension has amassed a worldwide audience and readership. From Germany to Korea to Australia, people have tuned in to share in Tyler and David’s love of film. As Battleship Pretension’s following continues to grow, the purpose remains the same: Reach out to the international cinephile community, invite them to join in the discussion and perhaps even start one of their own.
Call me a normie, but The Autopsy & Graveyard Rats were also some of my favorites.
Being further unoriginal and just noting what others said at TV Tropes, the latter is very similar in its broad outlines to the preceding/first episode about the auctioned storage room. Del Toro himself wrote that one, and it seems like he just did an inferior riff on Graveyard Rats. Additionally, and more relevant to this episode, Pickman’s Model oddly includes a lot more mythos elements absent from the original, while Dreams in the Witch House has its mythos aspects removed. I don’t think it makes much sense for Pickman’s works to be causing apocalyptic insanity outbreaks AND for him to have been working for over a decade and apparently successfully enough to win over previous skeptics.