"My brain! My brain! God, Dan - it's tugging - from beyond - knocking - clawing - that she-devil - even now - Ephraim - Kamog! Kamog! - The pit of the shoggoths - Ia! Shub-Niggurath! The Goat with a Thousand Young!... "
H.P. Lovecraft (b August 20, 1890, d. March 15, 1937) is considered to be one of the greatest writers of horror fiction since Edgar Allan Poe. His influence on modern horror has been enormous both in print and in film, and stems from his fusing the best traditions of gothic horror on both sides of the Atlantic, and blending in elements of science fiction thus popularizing the notion of "cosmic horror."
Adapting Lovecraft to the big screen has never been an easy task given the structure of his stories and the emphasis on atmosphere over action. Screenwriter Kelly Young of Maelstrom Productions had this to say about adapting the works of H.P. Lovecraft to the screen, "I feel that The Thing on the Doorstep is absolutely the most film-friendly of Lovecraft's works in that it fits into a three-act structure and has a strong female presence."
The Thing on the Doorstep is a unique story about an unfortunate marriage between a precocious scholar (Edward Derby) and a young heiress (Asenath Waite) who has mysterious hypnotic powers. Edward soon after their marriage exhibits severe mood swings and radical personality changes. What is the source of Asenanth's sway over Edward? What is the influence that her deceased sorcerer father (Ephraim Waite) has over her? The only thing standing between Asenath and her unspeakable plans to sow death and madness is Edward's graduate advisor, professor Dan Upton. But is Dan too late to stop what has been set into motion?
The DVD also contains the short films Maria's Hubris by Patrick Weber and the animated short film From Beyond by Michael Granberry, an interview with director John Carpenter regarding Lovecraft, and openners from the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. Total running time is approximately 120 minutes.