Pickman's Model

Pickman's Model ★★★

This works better as a HPL adaptation than the Witch House of the same series, ironically perhaps because the source material is slighter. So the perversions of the narrative don't distract from the perversions dwelling under Pickman's basement. Crispin Glover with his broad, satanic bone structure is a great pick (man) for Pickman, and Ben Barnes give good "haunted" with his hollow eyes and gaunt chops. A couple of decent jumps early on help to keep us interested until the final act freakshow, which is great until the title character (his model, not Pickman) finally emerges from its pit and turns out to be one of those lads from my childhood fave Where the Wild Things Are.

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