“We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” ― H.P. Lovecraft.
Is our limited perception of time, space and reality just a thin layer of pretense protecting us from the incomprehensible, evil and/or uncaring horrors that rule the universe?
When someone dares ponder the vast gulf of nonexistence prior to their lifespan (never mind its quickly-approaching resumption), they may feel, in a fundamental way, not terribly unlike a helpless newborn that dies within moments of its birth.
Our existence awakens to an incomprehensible, chaotic reality — bright and loud and terrifying. And then, all too soon, it is gone forever. In our brief moment of conscious being, we witness fear, corruption, violence, and the pervasive instability of all systems — a general sense that we are, at all times and places, thoroughly insignificant and desperately unsafe.
And while there are beautiful things here for some of us — love, comfort, the company of friends — we often fear that those good things exist only to mock our brief and meaningless existence. That, in the end, we are all destined to face ultimate, inescapable forgetting.
And then, beyond all of that, there is the possibility of monsters. Monsters so enormous and inherently beyond our limited perception that one glance at them would tear our consciousness from the moorings of sanity and reduce our physical being to its component molecules.
This list of films exists for those who enjoy gazing, slack-jawed and mind-boggled, into the dangerous unknowable.
Why Cosmic Horror is Hard To Make, via Screened: youtu.be/8OTO7Rqln9Q
10 Visually Stunning Cosmic Horror Films, via Scene360: tinyurl.com/y7lrgmty
‘Starfish’ Plays Like an Eclectic Mixtape of Cosmic Horror, via Bloody Disgusting: tinyurl.com/yaqlwpjm
When The Abyss Looks Back: Contemplating 'The Void', via Everything is Scary: tinyurl.com/y7q8288x
10 Mind-Bending Cosmic Horror Films, via FilmSchoolRejects: tinyurl.com/yckeu276
Showing The Incomprehensible: 'Annihilation's Influences, via Thomas Flight: youtu.be/B9szaJuygXc