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Episode 61 - The Ritual (2017)


Viewed through the lens of the Lovecraft Mythos that was expanded on after his death, The Ritual is a very well written, acted, and directed neo-Lovecraftian inspired film, its jötunn serving as the Cthulhu of the Scandinavian woods. This 2017 adaptation of the Adam Nevill also serves as an inadvertent entryway into the interconnected world of early 20th century weird fiction, with the titular novel having won an award named after August Derleth, who was a correspondent of Lovecraft, who was a correspondent of Robert E. Howard, who was accused of ripping off Derleth. 

Also, was Robert E. Howard racist? According to this Hugo Award Finalist, yes, he was.

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