on the novellaThe Shadow over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft,
Innsmouth Wo Oou Kage makes a decent attempt at bringing
to the small screen Innsmouth in all of its decay and the
degenerate people who live there.
Set on the coast of Japan, a reporter visits Innsmouth to
write an article for a travel magazine. Getting to Innsmouth
is difficult as the only bus into town is for locals
only thus posing the question, Why would anyone
want to travel to Innsmouth in the first place?
A perky young female taxi driver is willing to whisk our
protagonist away to Innsmouth where upon entering the town,
he heads to the nearest Sushi bar for a quick snack.
But looking around it is hard to tell today's fish special
from the local patrons and he quickly loses his appetite.
(The towns people Innsmouth lookmakeup effects
are good when subtle, like the 4-inch gills, but at times
are over the top when using full fishhead masks.)
The famous chase scene in Lovecraft's story had to be handled
differently because of cultural differences (yes, it is hard
to lock and secure rice paper doors from being kicked in by
an angry mob).
In an eerie scene, the town people purposefully walk and
slither toward him but suddenly ignore him as he is reunited
with his mother who forces him to realize his true heritage
whilst Dagon rises from the ocean behind them.
In a neat ending, the reporter summits his article on Innsmouth,
along with a stack of photos, to his editor, As we see the
editor flip through the photos, he sees the shocking transformation
of the reporter into a Deep One.