to film the mood and the richness in detail of H.P. Lovecraft's
work is an incredibly difficult undertaking and hasn't been
done effectively to date although there have been quite a
few cinematic adaptations of the works of HPL.
In 1980 John Strysik, a Lovecraft fan and filmmaker, received
a grant from the Illinois Arts Council and permission from
Arkham House (although this was unnecessary since Arkham House
technically does not hold the rights to the works of HPL)
to adapt the short story The Music of Erich Zann. This
short film is the most faithful adaptation of any HPL story
that The Lurker has seen.
The story revolves around a student of metaphysics, Charles
Dexter Ward (note: in the HPL story the narrator is nameless),
who befriends Erich Zann an aging violinist who lives on the
floor above him.
Charles is fascinated and then drawn to Zann's sinister yet
wonderful music that he hears late at night drifting down
from above. He, of course, discovers more then he bargains
for when he peers at what beckons beyond the strange curtained
window in Zann's room.
The Music of Erich Zann was screened at the 1996
H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival.
It is now available on Lurker
in the Lobby: The Best of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival