Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Finding true Lovecraft

A few days ago, I read on Geeks of Doom that a new Lovecraft movie might be on the horizon.
It’s being reported that former geek, present directing god — Ron Howard may be finally bringing H.P. Lovecraft to the big screen; though it won’t be quite how we expected to first see the master horror writer appear in film. Howard would be making the movie based on the Image Comics’ graphic novel, The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft.
I would personally prefer Guillermo, and it was reported that he WAS doing something Lovecraft, but I guess maybe right now he's busy getting ready to start shooting the 2-or-more-part The Hobbit next year. I really REALLY hope that doesn't wind up shelving the plans for At the Mountains of Madness, which Guillermo referred to as his "Lord of the Rings."

Previous Lovecraft movies aren't PURE awful, mind you, not like the attempts at bringing Dungeons & Dragons to the screen, but they just haven't really captured the essence of Lovecraft, at least not for me.

This morning, @debasispradhan tweeted about a Lovecraftian short film on IMDb based on The Book. The short is 10 minutes or so, and the pacing is slow. That's true to the literature, but I don't know if it makes for good film. Bear with it though, it does start to pick up steam in the second half. What I like most is that the mood is very serious. The teeth scene on is pretty good.

So now that I had Lovecraft on the brain, I did a Twitter search, and found this, from @ironmammoth:

YES! THAT was sufficiently creepy (please please don't be an April fool's joke.)

This'll tide me over, but it just serves as a reminder that we NEED a good treatment of this brilliant source material, and it seems that the geek community is in overall agreement on that:

Something I just realized I need, though:

Now that I think about it, my life is severely lacking in Lovecraft paraphenailia...

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