The Cast of Cthulhu: The Ritual
Viewed through the lens of the Lovecraft Mythos that was expanded on after his death, The Ritual is a very well written, acted, and directed neo-Lovecraftian inspired film, its jötunn serving as the Cthulhu of the Scandinavian woods. The Ritual, a 2017 adaptation of the Adam Nevill also serves as an inadvertent entryway into the interconnected world of early 20th century weird fiction, with the titular novel having won an award named after August Derleth, who was a correspondent of Lovecraft, who was a correspondent of Robert E. Howard, who was accused of ripping off Derleth.
Also, was Robert E. Howard racist? According to this Huge Award Finalist, yes, he was.
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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.
I had heard of Robert E. Howard’s racism before, and not just in his fiction but in letters he wrote. He was from the western frontier and his thoughts reflected that. It wasn’t a lack of diversity he was reacting to but the actual collision of different people in that region. Similarly, the rise of neo-nazi movements in Sweden isn’t predictable because it’s overwhelmingly white, since it has been so for so long in the past without that. Rather, there would have been no point in such a movement when it was completely homogenous prior to recent immigration. Within the US, the KKK started in the south, the least white part of the continental US.