Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom (2016) reviews and overview

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Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom is a 2016 Canadian animated film co-produced, written and directed by Sean Patrick O’Reilly. It is based on the graphic novel of the same name. The inspiration comes from the writings of American horror author H. P. Lovecraft.


The Howard Lovecraft series is a trilogy of graphic novels that began publishing in 2009 with Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom. The books derived their world and characters from the Cthulhu Mythos created by Lovecraft.

Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom is the first screen adaptation of the Howard Lovecraft series and the first animated feature adaptation of Lovecraft’s work. It features vocal performances from Ron Perlman, Christopher Plummer, Jane Curtin, Doug Bradley and Scott McNeil.


After visiting his father in Arkham Sanitarium, young Howard Lovecraft accidentally uses the legendary Necronomicon to open a portal to a strange frozen world filled with horrifying creatures and a great adventure…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Hardcore fans of the author will appreciate the minutia, but writer-director Sean Patrick O’Reilly (Pixies) crams too much mythology into 83 minutes. Simple scenes like Howard and Spot playing in the snow linger too long, while complex references are glossed over in passing. Yet all of that will go over most younger viewers’ heads, leaving them with an enjoyable tale.” Broke Horror Fan

Cast and characters:

Ron Perlman – Shoggoth

Christopher Plummer – Doctor West

Jane Curtin – Algid Bunk

Doug Bradley – Nyarlathotep

Scott McNeil – Govlins

Alison Wandzura – Mary Lovecraft

Kiefer O’Reilly – Howard Lovecraft

Tyler Nicol – Winfield Lovecraft

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