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January 22, 2007

At the Mountains of Madness


Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins have reportedly managed to produce a working screenplay adaption of H.P. Lovecraft's masterpiece At the Mountains of Madness. This is no mean feat given the complexity and ambiguity of the original (hat tip to Montieth). A question of cyclopean dimensions presents itself: Will the project ever be realized for the silver screen?

To the studio - Are you guys’ pussies?! Do you realize the blockbuster you are sitting on? Who cares if there is no love story or supposed happy ending?! You got a horror and science fiction masterpiece collecting dust at the studio! Trust me, the horror crowd will come out in droves to see this! All those horror geeks will bring their girlfriends. Use those cartel drug dealer profits that Transformers is going to make at the box office and make this!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 22, 2007 06:51 AM


By far, my favorite story. Excellent if it ever comes to fruition..

As far as Lovecraft Country goes... I already pay $20 a month to play World of Warcraft.. I doubt my spousal commander will let me spend $12.95 US on LC yet.. but maybe,just maybe... there are elder magiks I could use to sway her mind..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2007 03:27 PM

This was the bit I was not clear on. It looked to me as though you could play for free. Is the fee connected to purchasing "story points"? My limited brain processing power for administrivia is sucked into my current daytime vortex...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2007 03:54 PM

I thought it was free too but then I tried to actually play and had to re-register with a "storyteller" site where you can play up to 18 games for free for 30 days then pay $12.95 a month.. hrmm.. I shall look again.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2007 11:11 PM

The trouble with Lovecraft is it does not translate to screen terribly well. Directors always go for the horror instead of the dark fantasy/sci-fi element.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2007 05:58 AM

Gorthos: If I had noticed the registration fee I would have thought twice about promoting the site. Zut!

Andrew: Certainly, Lovecraft has suffered from a number of bad adaptations. I thought the Spanish "Dagon" film was wonderful though... fanciful and true to at least part of the spirit of the Mythos. Equally, John Carpenter's "Thing" was more a Mythos-tale than a re-make of the '50s classic; and it was one of the best horror films ever made. My hope is that Guillermo del Toro would do the business.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2007 06:55 AM

Something pretty close to that creature was featured in the fourth episode of Dexter's Lab

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2007 08:26 AM

My apologies.. I did the same.. However I have an idea that has potential... A long time ago I hosted a Play by email D&D campaign with flex rules and a more storyteller bent than a dice rolling one. It would not be hard to set up a Yahoogroup based PBEM lovecraft game using the old CoC rules or the Chill rules (I prferred it for some gameplay)....


Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2007 01:17 PM