Barbara Crampton, Joe Lynch and Re-Animator writing team for Lovecraft adaptation

Dennis Paoli has contributed the scripts to some of the most popular HP Lovecraft adaptations ever made – Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak, Dagon, Masters of Horror: Dreams in the Witch-House. His collaborator on those projects, director Stuart Gordonhas passed away, but we have another Paoli Lovecraft movie to look forward to now. Deadline reports that the footage has wrapped in a loose adaptation of Lovecraft’s story The thing on the doorstep. The film, which is currently untitled, is directed by Joe Lynch (Chaos) and includes genre regular Barbara Crampton (who was in Gordon’s Re-animator, from beyond, and Castle Freak) as an actor. Crampton also produced the film.

Described as an “erotic body-swapping horror”, this adaptation of The Thing on the Doorstep stars Heather Graham (Boogie nights) and Judah Lewis (The babysitter). Graham plays one

psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with a young client with multiple personalities.

Bruce Davison (X but) and Johnathon Schaech (The thing you do!) is also in the cast.

Crampton produced this version The Thing on the Doorstep along with Bob Portal, Inderpal Singh and Joe Wicker for Amp, in association with Eyevox Entertainment. Brian Yuzna, who produced Re-animator, from beyond, and Dagon (and directed Re-animator sequels) is executive producing, as are Eyevox’s Rick Moore, Amp’s James Norrir and Nina Kolokouri, and Lynch. Amp handles worldwide sales — and Deadline notes that Crampton is now vice president of production and development at Amp.

Crampton made the following statement:

We have been lucky enough to work with top talent both behind and in front of the camera on our latest film. At Amp, it’s about developing not only memorable, thought-provoking material for an audience, but also fresh and unusual enough to attract the very best creative collaborators. I was ecstatic when first the formidable Joe Lynch, then Heather Graham signed on – her natural charm is always there, but we get to see another untapped side of her abilities here. I have been thrilled to be invited to join seasoned professionals at Amp and we are just getting started.”

Lynch added:

When I read Dennis Paoli’s adaptation of the story, I felt there was a great opportunity to update and subvert Lovecraft’s often old-fashioned sensibility in a way that felt modern, relevant and even dangerous, with a dash of 90s neo-noir and a touch of eroticism to spice up the stew. Working with Amp and such an amazing cast – including Heather, Judah, Barbara, Bruce and Johnathon – we’re so excited that this sexy, funny, scary movie isn’t just a modernized love letter to Lovecraft, but the kind of provocatively entertaining . “sin-ema” I think the audience is salivating for!”

I’m hyped to hear we’re getting another Lovecraft adaptation from Paoli and Crampton, and I’m a fan of Lynch, so I’m glad he’s at the helm. How does this project sound to you? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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