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  • Actors: Victoria Ullmann, Christian Behm, Gerard Griesbaum, Michael Barbour, Shawn Smith
  • Directors: Ulli Lommel
  • Writers: Ulli Lommel, H.P. Lovecraft
  • Producers: Ulli Lommel, Jeff Frentzen, Nola Roeper
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OY9V84
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,300 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joao Barbosa on 17 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
Dispite the title of this movie stating that this is a version of HP Lovecrafts short story "The Tomb" published in 1922, there are no ties whatsoever to the writer's work. Instead, the movie used plots akin to the "Saw" series of horror films.
The story begins around a woman and a man waking in a warehouse, imprisoned by someone who forces them to "play the game" where only one can be the winner and consequently, survive. They realize this is some sort of revenge from someone who they have wronged in the past. They keep finding other people in the same situation in the warehouse but they always die within minutes of being found. In the end and since everybody else is dead, the girl kills the man and is liberated by her captor, therefore winning "the game".
Now, this film is a very, very, very bad ripp-off of the "Saw" series. The people die of injuries they already have when they are found and we dont see the gizmos and devices we are used to on the "Saw" movies. The plot is very weak and we never get to really understand what is "the game" and how is it played and the characters spend their time discussing their situation instead of trying to get out of their captivity. The set were it is filmed is riddiculous (one realizes the characters could easily escape their situation with litlle effort but for some reason we are led to believe the warehouse is like a maximum security prison were no one escapes. Furthermore, the acting is bad, to say the least.
So, here's another effort from director Uli Lommel to give us a poor excuse of a movie - I already reviewed "Zombie Nation", another "gem" from this guy! As I said in a previous review, I dont understand why distributors take the time to put this movies on the street if not to take the money from distracted consumers!
Please dont spend your precious money on this rubbish!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
I was completely taken in by the title, yes I know I should have read reviews first but the title is clear enough H P Lovecraft's The Tomb, so it had to be worth a look didn't it?
As others have said the plot involves two strangers who wake up in a warehouse or store filled with shelves and coffins. Every now and then someone else appears says something or other then dies and it so it goes on and on. It's nothing other than a micro budget Saw rip-off as a loser is getting his own back on people who have upset him at some stage and that's nothing to be proud of.
The ONLY extremely tenuous connections to Lovecraft are the phrase "beyond the spheres" which is thrown in early on and the fact that two names of characters that will be familiar to Lovecraft fans Charles Dexter Ward and David Pickman are mentioned. I'm not counting the trite references to the actual story "The Tomb" at the end as most viewers will have ejected the disc by that stage and no matter how you slice and dice it the end scenes still have no relevance to Lovecraft.
The sound quality is absolutely dire, it's often hard to make out what people are saying and well done for having the "atmospheric" soundtrack playing loud over conversations as that really helped a lot. There's lots of dolls heads and shelves full of meaningless mystic ephemera including a skull and a Ouija board there's some masked pillock on a horse who keeps appearing briefly for no apparent reason and the phrase "eight nails, who fails" is repeated ad nausea.
What happened to the Ulli Lommel who did some decent low budget horror movies like Boogey Man & Demonsville Terror [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]? This is the sort of film you would expect a complete novice film student to have made over a weekend as a drunken dare and to be ashamed of once sober.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This abomination has nothing to do with Lovecraft's "The Tomb" 29 Jun. 2007
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Format: DVD
I was never really into Edgar Allan Poe, even before I heard "The Tell-Tale Heart" way too many times as an oral interp at high school speech meets. But when I heard Rod Serling talking about how H.P. Lovecraft had written his chilling little tale "The Haunter of the Dark)" as something of a joke, repaying Robert Bloch for killing off a Lovecraft character in "The Shambler of the Stars" by killing off a character named Robert Blake, I had to check the guy out. I was soon reading everything by Lovecraft that I could get my hands on and I still remember making the mistake of reading "At the Mountains of Madness" late one night and then having a lot of trouble getting to sleep.

So when you slap the title "H.P. Lovecraft's The Tomb" on a DVD I am going to check it out, even though as a rule the adaptations of Lovecraft's stories have been rather disappointing. But when I actually watch the movie and discover that it has nothing to do with Lovecraft's short story, does not take place in a tomb, and is really a rip-off of "Saw" that should have been entitled "Ulli Lommel's The Warehouse," I get pretty ticked off. In fact, I want to drive to Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, get my hands on their copy of the "Necronomicon" by the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred, and bring down the wrath of the Old Ones down on the heads of those responsible for this abomination. I always maintained that a rating of one-star should be reserved for snuff films or movies where those responsible should be hunted down and dealt with severely. I guess I finally found a film that fits the bill.

Lovecraft's short story "The Tomb" is about Jervas Dudley, who checks out the family tomb and finds an empty coffin with his name on it. He decides it is a good idea to sleep in the coffin each night and then, as you would expect, bad things happen to him. In this direct to video 2007 offering, Tara (Victoria Ullmann) wakes up in a warehouse where she is joined by other guests courtesy of the "Puppetmaster," an unseen psychopath with a deep voice who starts tormenting them. In an effort to justify the title starts dropping names associated with Lovecraft's stories, such as Charles Dexter Ward and David Pickman. The references purport to be clued, but they end up being gratuitous. Eventually Tara learns the only rule that matters in this particular little game: the last one alive gets to leave. Now, that is certainly a premise that can work in a horror film, but did I mention that this one is set in warehouse? Because it is, and I sort of expected Tara and the others to make an effort to get the hell out of there because they start competing in earnest for the golden ticket out of that "tomb." However, that would make sense.

Consequently this movie is a lot like "Saw," only without the interesting death traps, but with your standard plot twist right out of the tradition of 1970's slasher flicks (always pay attention to back stories as if they were Holy writ in these movies). Overall this is a very boring horror film. The most interesting part was when Tara talks to the woman in the box, but that is not really a good sign because horror films are not supposed to come down to two women talking. Of course, this is a horror movie filled with bad signs, beginning with the title, which is still the biggest insult here. If this was just a bad rip-off of "Saw" that would be one thing: you expect those to be coming out of the walls after the success of that horror trilogy. But desecrating the name of H.P. Lovecraft is totally unforgivable. The only way fans of Lovecraft or horror movies are going to check out this film is by mistake.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Awful; Don't waste your money!! 19 Jun. 2007
By A. McCLure - Published on
Format: DVD
I rented this from my local video store. I am a horror movie fan; I even ocassionally enjoy cheesy predictable horror movies if they have some redeeming aspect. "The Tomb" has none. The production quality of this movie is awful. It is like an 80's porn flick (not that I have seen one, lol). The music is equally awful. The acting is awful. The plot (and I use that term lighlty) is awful and, as far as I can tell, is a direct rip-off of the "Saw" movies. Frankly, I couldn't bear to watch it after about 20 minutes and I turned it off. It appeared it would be quite gory from the few minutes that I watched but what is gore without anything else to support it? Boring. Avoid this movie at all costs.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The makers of this movie should be placed in a tomb 6 July 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
Oh well this is bad. I mean this is really bad. I had really hoped that this would be a great horror movie. I always loved The Tomb story. A great story, mind you. A really wonderful story. I do not know why I rented this really bad movie. I think that slamming a ball bat against my head would be far more amusing than this silly movie. No. Wait. This wasn't a silly movie. This was an atrocious movie. One of the sins of this movie is that it has no pace, this movie has no tension, this movie has no characterization. I watched this movie with hope but it has no hope. I really think you should not even look at this movie. Dont rent it. Dont buy it, definitely. So many things were wrong with this movie. They only taped Lovecraft's name to it to make you want to see it. It has really nothing to do with the original story, nothing to do with Lovecraft's writer's worldview. A pointless movie. Should never have been made.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not even worth a free viewing. Avoid! 11 Oct. 2008
By Noodle 19-2000 - Published on
Format: DVD
**spoiler alert**

This movie is like a high-school film class's ripoff of "Saw", except without the somewhat-creative deaths. People inside coffins spontaneously appear and usually end up just croaking within five minutes. There was one scene where a guy was literally jogging in place on a beach. The "tomb" where they are imprisoned literally looks like a warehouse from a Halloween novelty shop. There are Halloween store-caliber props everywhere. Like another poster mentioned, too, it keeps showing their captor moving around above them because the ceiling of the "tomb" is made of slats and there is probably nothing stopping the people from breaking through and getting out.

I love horror movies and I am very forgiving of low production values, but this one was just too much for words. It also didn't help that I couldn't hear what the actors were saying half the time (which I suppose was a blessing in disguise) and it was just plain boring. Basically it was a man and a woman wandering around this basement and every once in a while the guy above them would drop little pieces of paper down through the floor/basement ceiling that had "clues" written on them. Also, it is riddled with "flashbacks" that are supposed to show how the people had connections to the guy who kidnapped them, but by the time you get to those parts in the movie you probably won't care anyway.

My cable company ran this as part of their free video-on-demand thing and it wasn't even worth the free viewing. It was still 81 minutes of my life wasted.

Avoid at all costs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
H.P. Lovecraft The Tomb (Of a bad movie) 3 July 2007
By Alexis Brosius - Published on
Format: DVD
Lovecraft is honestly my favorite writer of all time. I don't read it for the Occult aspects (All hail the Old Ones!) Or because he came up with mythical creations beyond space and time (Cthulhu fhtagn!!). I read Lovecraft for his ideas on what truly is scary.
"The Tomb" short story is about a MAN who visits his family's tomb only to be confronted by his horrible destiny of his ancestors.
"H.P. Lovecraft's The Tomb" is about a group of people tortured by a puppet master of sorts. He wears a white mask like face garment, talks through a speaker system, and shows up on a messy TV. Sounds like another movie, it's called "SAW". Honestly I didn't like SAW either, but at least the gore was real and the plot was original.
Let us circle around again the Lovecraft name. Lovecraft has maybe 2 or three stories where a woman was involved as a main person. Lovecraft really didn't write about women. So why is there a movie bearing his name that has several of them? One being part of the man focus? That is not Lovecraften!
So back to the whole focus here. This movie has nothing to do with Lovecraft except its title. It is horribly written, badly taped (Are those the same cams they use for COPS?), and bad special effects, there is not a shred of good in the movie.
So run away from it! Stay away! (may Dagon eat you, writers of this movie!)Learn from my mistake, read first, then rent!
And remember just because it says Lovecraft doesn't mean it has anything to do with him!
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