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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." - H.P. Lovecraft

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H.P. Lovecraft and his mythos have had a significant influence on later works in a wide variety of media. The following is a comprehensive list of works that, while not direct adaptations of Lovecraft's works, contain references, allusions or themes that have their origin with Lovecraft, or appear likely to have been inspired by his fiction.

FilmEdit

  • Prometheus (Ridley Scott, 2012)
    • The premise of the film, in which a team of scientists seek out humanity's extraterrestrial creators, is fundamentally similar to At the Mountains of Madness, which also involves an expedition to an abandoned city belonging to aliens responsible for humanity's creation.
  • Hellboy (Guillermo Del Toro)
    • The Ogdru Jahad, the malevolent godlike beings that are the main antagonistic force in the film, are depicted as massive tentacled entities residing in space, much like many Cthulhu mythos deities. 
  • The Cabin in the Woods
    • The Ancient Ones, massive hibernating god-beings that require human sacrifices to be kept dormant, are thematically similar to the Great Old Ones of Lovecraft's fiction.

LiteratureEdit

  • In the novel Kraken by China Mieville, the plot revolves around a preserved specimen of a giant squid, revered as a god by a doomsday cult. This echoes Cthulhu and his cult, which also is focused on the end of the world.

MusicEdit

Video GamesEdit

  • Amnesia series (Frictional Games)
    • In Amnesia, the player encounters deep wells containing invisible monsters known as Kaernk, which hop up and down in the shallow water at the bottom; this recalls the deep wells found in the laboratory of Charles Dexter Ward, which contained barely-visible monstrosities that hopped up and down at the bottom.
    • The final gameplay sequence of Amnesia: Justine consists of a series of passages with cryptic messages scrawled in blood, some of which seem to be allusions to Lovecraft: "The pipers will call for us to dance," "the tattered yellow king shall dethrone," "from beyond it comes," and others.
      • Justine Florbelle's family heirloom is a "star shaped soapstone," remniscent of the star-shaped soapstones found by the expedition team in At the Mountains of Madness.
  • Dead Space series (Visceral Games)
    • The Brethren Moons, introduced in Dead Space 3, are planet- or moon-sized extraterrestrial beings capable of telepathy; this trait, along with their tentacled appearance, recalls various Cthulhu mythos entities.
  • Mass Effect series (Bioware)
    • The main antagonists of the series, the Reapers, are gigantic cephalopod-like machines whose very presence induces mental disturbances in organic beings, in much the same way that many Cthulhu Mythos entities induce insanity in human victims. The Reapers repeatedly describe themselves as being "beyond the comprehension" of mortal beings. They are also known as "The Old Machines," recalling the titles of "Old Ones" and "Elder Things" in the mythos.
      • A recording made by a scientist on a derelict Reaper describes the hulk as "a dead god that still dreams," echoing the phrase, "in his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."
      • Their creators, the enigmatic Leviathans, are similarly Cthulhu-esque in that they resemble squids, and can control or destroy the minds of lesser beings.
  • The Elder Scrolls series (Bethesda Softworks)
    • Hermaeus Mora, the Daedric Prince of Knowledge and Fate, is depicted as an amorphous floating mass of eyes and tentacles in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, much like common representations of Yog-Sothoth. His sphere, the keeping of forbidden knowledge, is also much in keeping with Lovecraftian themes of there being knowledge about the universe mankind is not meant to know. His minions, the tentacled Seekers and amphibious Lurkers, are remniscent of Cthulhu and the Deep Ones, respectively.
  • Quake series
    • The final boss of Quake, the first game in the series, is named Shub-Niggurath.

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