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The Return is turning out to be one of the most "Lovecraftian" visual media experiences I've seen.  The notion of "cosmic horror" and the inability of both the audience and characters to clearly grasp or describe what is happening is quite evident in The Return and in Lovecraft's best work.  The tedium of the pacing and challenging styles are also similar.  I love Lovecraft's outright refusal to even explain many things (nameless, shapeless, blasphemous, etc.) and Lynch's refusal to force interpretations of what we have seen. 

I'm not suggesting it is at all intentional or that Lovecraft inspired either Lynch or Frost. 

I do hope the next 5 hours have some "scare the crap out of you" moments and leave us with many unanswered questions.  Lovecraft would likely enjoy that. 

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Posted : 12/08/2017 6:50 pm Christen Phillips and Badalamenti Fan liked
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Yes! I really feel like these elements have been the most interesting about The Return. There's some good discussion related to these ideas here Counter Esperanto 

I really hope we return to 1956 at some point to learn more. 

https://aroundthedinnertabletheconversationislively.wordpress.com/

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Posted : 12/08/2017 11:07 pm JeffreyGWillett liked
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What a great comparison!  The dreamy alien "sign system" Lynch has created in his work lends itself perfectly to that otherworldly horror that Lovecraft tries to get across in his stories.  And leaving so much to the imagination of the viewer/reader is what makes them both successful and timeless.  Even that parallel with the pacing and building up the tension.  Love that. 

So QUESTION.  If you could have David Lynch tackle ONE H.P. Lovecraft story, which one would it be?

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Posted : 13/08/2017 12:36 am
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Posted by: Christen Phillips

What a great comparison!  The dreamy alien "sign system" Lynch has created in his work lends itself perfectly to that otherworldly horror that Lovecraft tries to get across in his stories.  And leaving so much to the imagination of the viewer/reader is what makes them both successful and timeless.  Even that parallel with the pacing and building up the tension.  Love that. 

So QUESTION.  If you could have David Lynch tackle ONE H.P. Lovecraft story, which one would it be?

The Color Out of Space.

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Posted : 18/08/2017 10:37 am
  
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