If there’s any one actor whose name is most associated with films based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, it would have to be Jeffrey Combs. Having done several Lovecraftian flicks, most famously Re-Animator, Combs is about to once again return to Miskatonic territory with The Darkest Evil, a new film adaptation of “The Dunwich Horror”, Lovecraft’s tale of a diabolical man named Wilbur Whateley who sets out to acquire the Necronomicon in order to unleash the mysterious “Old Ones” upon mankind.
This news came courtesy of an email the other day from a source who wishes to remain anonymous at this time since no official press release has been sent out just yet announcing that production has begun in Lafayette, Louisiana on the The Darkest Evil. Being produced by Bullet Films, the Louisiana-based subsidiary of Blackthorn Industries, a new production company formed by filmmaker Leigh Scott (Beast of Bray Road) and other ex-Asylum talent following a major behind the scenes fallout late last year … I guess you could call them all Asylum escapees. Get the net!
Scott will be directing The Darkest Evil, which also co-stars two other former Asylum regulars: Griff Furst and Sarah Lieving. As for Jeffrey Combs, he’s been cast as the villainous Wilbur Whateley, a role played by Dean Stockwell in the loosely-adapted 1970 film version of The Dunwich Horror. In what can only be considered something of a casting coup, Dean Stockwell will also be co-starring in this version as well.
My source tells me The Darkest Evil will be getting a limited theatrical release in the fall. Expect much more info to come in the very near future. Stay tuned!
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