Release: October 2016
Story: A fictionalized version of famed horror author H.P. Lovecraft (voiced by Kiefer O’Reilly) has a father in an insane asylum raving, apparently, nonsensically. Howard’s father gives his son a mysterious and magical book that transports young Howard to a magical kingdom that has been frozen over for far too long. Howard must travel far with his new friend, the simple-minded creature he names Spot (voiced by Hellraiser‘s Doug Bradley), if he hopes to break the terrible spell on the kingdom.
Thoughts: Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom starts off promising enough. It has a Lovecraftian atmosphere and some adequate voice acting. (Christopher Plummer and Ron Perlman, actors waaay too talented for this movie, make appearances in Frozen Kingdom.) As soon as Howard travels to the titular kingdom, however, everything quickly, very quickly, goes downhill. Kiefer O’Reilly’s line deliveries become wooden as he has scenes with equally stilted actors, the story loses all semblance of plot and pacing as it packs itself full of padding, and the animation, tolerable in the opening minutes because the story and good acting made up for it, causes sensory deprivation with its lack of detail and overall cheapness. In other words, this is horrible. It was made all the more inferior when I looked up the artwork for the comic book this was based on. It’s frickin’ amazing. The Frozen Kingdom comic was the first in a trilogy of comics. The second installment, Howard Lovecraft & The Undersea Kingdom, is teased at the end of this film, but I hope to God it doesn’t get made. Children deserve better entertainment than this.
P.S. Below is the first page of the comic. It looks so much better than anything in this movie! GAAAH!!! *Hits head against the wall repeatedly*