Fringe review: Fear and Loathing and Lovecraft


I always knew the man was a crazed, jowled crook, but little did I know that Richard Nixon was a fully fledged member of the Cult of Cthulhu. Who better to make the astonishing discovery than famed doctor of drugs and gonzo journalism Hunter S. Thompson, or in this case Uncle Lono, played by local treasure Mark Meer. The setting is a dark, twisted 1972 America and Thompson—reeling off the success of his satirical article/book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—is looking for a new story, the next piece to write about a conspiracy so vile and lizard it will make even him crumble. 

 He decides in a drunken drug-induced stupor to take a bus to look for the American Dream’s deranged brother, the American nightmare. He of course embarks armed to the teeth with a case full of uppers, downers, psychedelics, a loaded revolver, two 40s of bourbon, and anything else you can imagine. 

Madness and hilarity ensue as Meer—who almost rivals Johnny Depp’s Thompson in some respect—experiences the seedy underbelly of America after hopping on a bus: destination Arkham, Massachusetts. On the way he meets a variety of tentacle-god-worshipping reprobates that all scream “R’lyeh” and edge him closer to the Eldritch horror that controls America’s silent minority. 

Meer plays every character—each with their own contorted voices and mannerisms—and watching him sweat and curl into every character is a marvel. Any fan of Thompson, or Lovecraft will get a kick out of this occult-filled thrill ride. Definitely buy the ticket … and get ready for the ride.   

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