Saw a movie today that fits in this thread. The Whisperer in Darkness, made in 2011. That's right, only 2 years ago. But it's a masterful job of recreating the style of science fiction/horror movies of the 30's. Not just the fact that it's filmed in black and white, but the lighting, camera shots and even the actors all look true to the period. Only a couple of video effects towards the end give it away (along with one anachronistic prop)
Based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name. I came upon the movie about 1/3 of the way through and had to double check the listing a couple times to make sure I was actually watching the right movie. A really excellent job.
Funny story, I had ordered "Whisperer" a week and a half before Halloween, hoping to get it by and watch it on that day. Well wouldn't you know it, my order got misplaced and I didn't get it by Halloween. Rather I contented myself to watching a marathon of Vincent Price movies on TCM, one of which was, ironically, a loose adaptation of Lovecraft's "The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward". A very loose adaptation, but still very enjoyable if you like the Poe movies with foggy graveyards and dungeons.
At any rate, I get the DVD the Monday after Halloween and while watching it, my buddy was like "I think this was on t.v. on Halloween" and I'm thinking he's just got this mixed up with any number of BW b-movies from the 30's-50's and I say "I'm sure they would've announced something like that on their website". The more we watch, the more he keeps saying "I'm pretty sure this is what I saw" and I keep saying that it surely would've been on the site.
So we get to the part where Wilmarth and the cult leader guy (can't remember his name right now) meet the other guy who says "I'm the last thing he should be afraid of" and my buddy's like "Yep, this is what I saw!" and I'm thinking "could it have been? Noooo...." So after the movie we do a search of his satellite channels and sure enough it shows up! I was like "Holy...shit! We could've watched this on Halloween, why didn't you get me?!"
Since the DVD was to be a surprise, he didn't know I ordered it, and he hadn't seen the trailer in some time so he had dismissed it when he saw it. Oh well, the movie was still fucking awesome and I think it was all around better than "Call Of C'thulu". No mean feat that, as that movie was indeed awesome itself!
Without prior knowledge of the production, an audience member could easily mistake this film for an actual movie from the silent film era.
As a silent film buff, I'd have to disagree, mainly due to the fact that "Call Of C'thulu" looks like it was shot on video more than film. Often times it has that "live" look, and Matt Foyer looks too modern in that film. But these are minor things and the movie is a DYI marvel of creativity.
Their audio's are top rate, and I just completed my collection by getting the most recent three, which are "Call Of C'thulu", "The Colour Out Of Space" and "The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward", all of which are simply amazing.
It was fun to see some of the faces from the audio's in "Whisperer", Matt Foyer, Barry Lynch and Mark Colson.
Matt Foyer was Olmstead in "Shadow Over Innsmouth", Barry Lynch was Zadok Allen in the same show, as well as Ami Pierce in "The Colour Out Of Space" and Pabodie in "At The Mountains Of Madness". Meanwhile Mark Colson was Wilbur Whately in "The Dunwich Horror" as well as Nahum Gardener in "The Colour Out Of Space".
The HPLHS are simply the last word when it comes to adapting Lovecraft. They just know how to capture the vibe perfectly, so much so that when they have to make the occasional modification, it fits in perfectly. I have to say that Miskatonic University as it appeared in "Whisperer" is pretty much exactly how I imagined it.