Meet Lovecraft's Shub Niggurath in creepy short film The Black Goat

We can't wait to see the feature film that sprouts like an eldritch horror from this short by Joseph Nanni, based loosely on a myth first mentioned the H.P. Lovecraft tale "The Last Test." The movie features a creature from the Cthulhu mythos called Shub Niggurath, a "Great Old One" or possibly an Elder God mentioned often in Cthulhian incantations as "the black goat in the woods with a thousand young." Lovecraft himself didn't say much about old Shub, but other Cthulhu mythos writers like August Derleth latched onto the Old One and wrote more about it. So this flick is in the fine tradition of the Cthulhu Mythos, which is to say that Nanni is taking something Lovecraft mentioned a few times and giving it a full story.

Advertisement

Here's the synopsis:

Jacques Cowan is what the French call "a runner of the woods." He may be a foreigner in the new world but Jacques quickly learned the ways of the native people, their language, their routes, and their skills. But he didn't leave his life in another land for adventure, freedom, and wealth - he had much more in mind than trading pelts and cheating death. Jacques had listened intently to the stories that had crossed the ocean, extraordinary tales of mystical creatures and unknown forces. Black Goat finds Jacques mid-hunt, as he closes in on what others thought was a legend. What he doesn't realize is that the legend is on a hunt of its own.

Illustration for article titled Meet Lovecraft's Shub Niggurath in creepy short film The Black Goat

Nanni told Undead Backbrain's Robert Hood that he's in production on a feature based on this short:

We're currently in development and have a rather major distributor working with us. We haven't talked cast yet, although Adam Wilson (Manson, Ending The Eternal) is locked in to play the lead. Production design has started, but I still may reach out to some Lovecraft luminaries for concept design.

One of the concept artists we already know about is Dave Carson, who specializes in Cthulhu-related art. Here you can see his design for Shub Niggurath.

via Undead Backbrain and Avery Guerra

Advertisement

DISCUSSION

derekcfpegritz
Derek C. F. Pegritz

Wow. That just...blew. The cinematography and costume design were superb: the opening scenes really conveyed a palpable, frigid sense of dread—but the special effects and the execution of the final scene just ruined it. I don't object to the "creature" designs: I rather like the "walking trees" concept of the Black Goat's Thousand Young. The execution left a LOT to be desired, however. The tree-things looked about as menacing as...well, stacks of old tree trunks.