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HorrorBabble Theater Presents: Tentacles

by Tony Nash

(Halloween Potpourri Special 2)

(all opinions are of the author alone)

(Mild Spoilers)

Original Artwork (from HorrorBabble/Bandcamp)

Tentacles (2020) R *****

Miles Gordon/Amphibian Beasts: Ian Gordon

Lana Thompson: Jennifer Gill

Music and Produced by: Ian Gordon & Jennifer Gill

Written by: Ian Gordon, inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft

Synopsis: A Podcaster specializing in proving or disproving the paranormal presents her audience with what can only be described as the strangest case of the show’s history: what might very well be the recorded final hours of a noted paranormal investigator.

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Thomas, the HorrorBabble Mascot (from HorrorBabble/Facebook/ YouTube/Twitter)

Ian Gordon and Jennifer Gill once again deliver in the audio play/Drama realm with this completely original presentation. Deciding to take the approach that Cthulhu, and most likely the entirety of The Old Ones, weren’t the creations of writer H.P. Lovecraft, but are in fact real, and unknown to the general public, Ian takes listeners on a frightful journey of one man’s attempt at proving or debunking something he witnessed as a boy, and possibly risking his sanity and his life by doing so. A little of the soap opera Dark Shadows comes into play as listeners must go into suspension of belief and put themselves into the realm of a world where Lovecraftian monsters aren’t the thing of literature and pop culture, but are indeed living and breathing, and lurking and waiting at the threshold of the Earth. Body Horror also comes into play as the investigator, through not knowing anything about the forces behind the house he’s in, slowly finds himself an unwitting guinea pig for the sport of beings from beyond who may or may not have dastardly plans.

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A Possible Fate for Those Who Worship Great Cthulhu (from Nix Illustration)

Ian Gordon once again shows both his ability as a writer and a voice actor by not only crafting a fine story, but also offering up a fine tragic and sympathetic performance as the ill fated Miles Gordon (interesting nod). Nodding to the entirety of Lovecraft’s themes, Ian presents Miles as a man seeking to learn and discover, unaware of the consequences that could very well befall him for going into areas he needn’t go in his search for answers, the typical Lovecraftian tragedy of suffering for the sake of education. Miles isn’t shown as a skeptic looking to prove or disprove something, he’s shown as genuinely curious seeking to discover what could or couldn’t be around folks, trying to tread as lightly as a can just in case what he’s looking for happens to be around the corner.

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An example of Podcasting (from Deadline)

Jennifer Gill, more of a behind the scenes figure at HorrorBabble, gets to show off her voice acting skills in the role of Lana Thompson. Lana is more of a traditional paranormal expert, not taking anything at face value, looking to see if someone is acting out a hoax before she’ll confirm something truly out of the ordinary is happening. The possible fate of Miles Gordon does seem to have her unnerved, but at the same time given that the evidence before her is strictly audio recordings, she has to take into consideration that it could be edited together.

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Cthulhu and His Minions (from Medium)

Ian and Jennifer mix Horror and Comedy well here, and put a unique and clever spin on the Lovecraft universe that is both modern, and still maintains a tie to the past.

(This is another HorrorBabble Audio Play I recommend as while it does have ties to the Cthulhu Mythos, Ian and Jennifer take such an interesting interpretation on it that it feels like Cthulhu is more of a traditional demonic deity than something completely from the outside who doesn’t care a thing about humanity or its worshippers. Granted only scraps of information are given on the High Priest of Ryl’eah, Ian has us the viewer believing Cthulhu in the real world is another in a long line of pagan gods that simply may be more powerful than his contemporaries, which is still pretty interesting, especially since he can mutate those in his presence into his form.)

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