Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Here's something I never knew existed: a Thomas Ligotti movie. Well, short film, about the length of a half-hour TV episode minus commercials. Which makes sense. Spinning short stories out into feature length movies is a tricky business. Then you have the fact that this particular story is kind of nasty, so...

From this clip, though, I'm impressed with the way the guy playing the psycho hillbilly underplays it.


susan said...

Perhaps I'm missing something important but I never did develop an interest in reading Thomas Ligotti. The film clip was interesting though - I was reminded of watching Hannibal Lector talking to the character Jodie Foster played. The crazy guy was very intense.

It seems to me there's a lot of room for film makers to make good movies from good short stories simply because the directors might have more room to maneuver.

Ben said...

It's just one of those things. Ligotti's style is absolutely, blatantly artificial. It's kind of a fifty-fifty shot whether this brand of artifice will appeal to you.

There's room to make good movies from short stories, but a lot of time they're brought down by padding. The movie version of Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" didn't look promising.