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Black Sky – Band of Brothers vs Cthulhu in Templesmith’s animated film

Posted by LiveFor on April 21, 2010

“World War Squid.” This sounds right up my street. Comic book artist Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Fell) is working on an “Illustrated Film” the goal of which, is to meld the cinematic storytelling style of comics with good audio/voice acting & some animation/CGI in places. That in itself sounds interesting, but wait until you get to what Black Sky is all about. Here is what he had to say on his website:

All I can say is sort of Band Of Brothers…but with SQUID. ( Well, Cthulhu-ish ideas and my love of all things tentactular ) Yes, it’s a war comic. Want to get all emotional and down and dirty with it. Not exactly comedy in the vein of Wormwood… It’s post apocalyptic. I deals with a small group of soldiers, as the human race is reduced to relatively low tech solutions to claw back their planet, the new religion that drives them on to this goal in the face of hopelessness…and all the stuff that comes from such things. Many horrific and hopefully, some touching “tales from the front” in many ways. And of course, they’ll end up being players in a major event that may define the now generations long conflict. Lots of action but with an actual point to it I hope, rather than an excuse to simply draw “cool” things.

Humans are such fragile things.

Squid, not so much.

No news on when we will see it, but anyone else looking forward to it?

Source: io9

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Holy Cthulhu! Carol of the Old Ones

Posted by LiveFor on December 20, 2009

Nothing says Christmas like the tentacle faced horror of Cthulhu.

Picture Montage about the end of Mankind.

Music performed by Tabernacle Choir, Rebecca Marcotte, Digby Dolmen, J.D. Titan, and Walter Forsythe. Picture montage put toghether by Mats Holm

All praise the great Cthulhu.

Warning; Cthulhu may cause insanity when seen

The cool painting with this post was buy the amazing Edward Miller. Well worth checking out the rest of his art.

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Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown – Documentary about the writer and his influence

Posted by LiveFor on October 3, 2009

Lovecraft_PosterAs long time readers of the site will know I love me a bit of Lovecraft. It just spooks the hell out of me and fires my imagination (plus The Call of Cthulhu RPG is great as well). Now, thanks to io9, I have found out about this cool sounding documentary about the man himself.

A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.

Not only is it about Lovecraft it also features interviews with some great people – Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Peter Straub, Stuart Gordon, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Ramsey Campbell, S.T. Joshi, Andrew Migliore and Robert M. Price.

Available on DVD & Blu-Ray 13th October 2009

Check out the official site for more info.

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Altitude – Giant Squid thing in the sky horror

Posted by LiveFor on April 9, 2009

After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves in a showdown with a malevolent supernatural force.

This is an excellent promo poster for an airbourne horror called Altitude. I am digging the whole Cthulhu like Lovecraftian beastie in the clouds.

Altitude is Kaare Andrews’ directorial debut. It was written by Paul Birkett, the horror-thriller stars Jessica Lowndes (The Haunting of Molly Hartley).

Source: STYD

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Santa Cthulhu wishes you a Merry Christmas

Posted by LiveFor on December 8, 2008

This little girl had no idea what she was in for when she climbed up on Santa’s lap this year! The ramifications of being on the naughty list have never been greater. But don’t fret, little Sally, Cthulhu has a nice present for you. It’s a pretty pink … squid?

Santa Cthulhu is a one-of-a-kind original work of art. He is needle felted entirely from wool and sits about 12 inches tall from head to toe. The green box in the photos is not included with the figure. If you need a little soul-devouring indifference in your holiday, Santa Cthulhu might be just the thing for you.

It is on ebay if you care to bid on it.
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Ebay Stuff – JLA, Delta Green, Cthulhu, Star Wars, Withnail and I screenplay, Marvel Boy and other bits on

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2008

Just posted a few bits on ebay. Have a look if you are interested in Star Wars, comics (JLA, Marvel Boy), Grant Morrison, Call of Cthulhu and Delta Green, Fritz Leiber (Fafrhd and the Gray Mouser), AD&D.

It can all be found here.


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Update on the Watchmen ending

Posted by LiveFor on October 23, 2008

Rich Johnston over at Lying in the Gutters has some news on the possible endings for the Watchmen movie. Spoilers ahead if you’ve not read the comic.

There have been repeated reports circulating the net regarding the ending of Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” movie that the ending has been radically changed from the original. We’re not talking everyone wearing Rorschach’s mask or anything, but the perceived and bizarre extra-world threat of a pan dimensional Cthulhu god alien landing on New York killing millions is gone.

Or has it?

I understand that the ending people have been seeing is just one possible filmed ending. That the movie’s FX farm has already created big squid effects. And that there will be more than one ending of the film tested before general release. Expect to see all of them in the two/three disc DVD.

Sounds like good news for Watchmen fans. I’m looking forward to seeing all endings for the movie. What do you think of the news?

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Cthulhu, 2007 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on August 20, 2008

Director: Dan Gildark
Starring: Jason Cottle, Scott Green, Dennis Kleinsmith, Tori Spelling

This review by D.W. Bostaph over on Dread Central.

Everything I thought that was going to make Cthulhu not work actually ended up making it a stronger, more horrifying experience. The experience of watching this film was as perfect a translation of modern times through the lens of Lovecraft as I have ever seen attempted. Director Dan Gildark and writer/director Grant Cogswell have pulled of the near impossible: They have created a monster that is not only provocative and challenging, but beautiful all at the same time.

I don’t even know where to begin.

The story centers on Russell Marsh, who returns to Rivermouth because his mother has just died. In returning, Russell (played with an awesome quiet cool by Jason Cottle) comes to face the small town he left behind for one of a more accepting size, an odd distant zealot of a father, and a mystery brought about by a “from beyond the grave” message from his mother. The plot is simple, but they way it plays out is anything but.

The town is very off to Russell. They do not accept him and they even shun him a bit. Townsfolk empathic to Russell’s cause are chided and when they offer help, they are terrified to do so. Is this all due to Russell’s lifestyle? Or is there something more sinister at hand? Cthulhu expertly blurs the lines of what the real reason is; I never got a feel that it was really one over the other.
Russell is, for the most part, left to deal with things on his own. There’s a passing love interest, a childhood friend now all grown up; Mike (Green). Russ and Mike were once friends (and more), but Mike grew up and got a family and a kid. The family is gone and now Mike may be open to Russ’s advances. This is a complex and tender relationship that is more deep and real than almost any other film I have ever seen on the subject matter. This in itself says volumes about the performances turned in by Cottle and Scott Green. They effortlessly convey the delicate relationship, which makes the rest of the film all the more powerful.

As Russ struggles with the confusing relationship between him and Mike, he also has to face the family he left behind. His father, the head of a weird cult call the “Esoteric Order of Dagon”, is brought to life by the unyielding performance of Dennis Kleinsmith. Reverend Marsh and crew worship the Old Ones and are not about to hide their glee at the prospect of their deities immanent return. Russell feels guilty for leaving and now, estranged from his father, he struggles to make sense of his place within the family now that his one anchor to it (his mother) is gone. It’s this type of atavistic guilt that permeates so much of Lovecraft’s work and never before have I seen it fleshed out so well. Cthulhu uses its framework to create, via Russell, a layer of guilt that almost seems suffocating. Again, questions are raised: Is Russell’s father more upset that his son is gay, or that he has not yet joined the fold?

Tori Spelling makes an appearance as a sultry housewife with an ulterior motive. She plays the part with a weird mix of slight camp and sex. She does nothing to really detract from the film, which is what I had feared. She’s a strange antithesis to the character of Mike in every way imaginable.

Swirling around all of this is a world that is coming apart at the seams. Global warming, specie extinctions, human apathy, global economics and politics are just a few things that we get a feeling for in the film. It’s fed to us by passing news on the television or radio and it serves to paint a bleak world for all of this to take place within.

Painting a picture of this crumbling dystopia is the sweeping landscapes and worn, established buildings that make up the Rivermouth town and surrounding area. Director Dan Gildark and cinematographer Sean Kirby choose to insert wide helicopter shots of landscapes that appear to float beside the ocean. Their vast greens and blues give us the feeling of insignificance that is key to these tales. The art direction team of Liz Cawthon and Etta Lilienthal weave together nightmarish images of unreal rooms, tight terror tunnels and boxes of live human limbs. Whether it dreamt or awake, the images served up by this crew deserve more affirmatory adjectives than my thesaurus has at the moment.

Cthulhu is not a movie for everyone. It doesn’t need to be. It’s paced and deliberate and doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. It’s the simple story of a man, trying to understand who he is, where he is, and why the world is the way it is. These are questions we all can ask, but a lot of us choose to ignore. Cthulhu is not about squid-headed monsters or formless beasts from the void. It’s about the sad fact that humans are not the center of the universe, that in the real game of life all of the big issue we face don’t amount to much when the real end comes. Dan Gildark and Grant Cogswell have sculpted an enigmatic look at the reality of humanity, and the persistence of fate. For even when we do come to understand that we are just small insects dancing on the head of a pin, the horror comes when we then understand that even insects have a destiny.

One that there is no escape from…

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Cthulhu Movie Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on August 9, 2008

You just know it’s going to end badly for the hero. That’s the nature of Cthulhu!!

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Posters – Cthulhu, Trouble the Water

Posted by LiveFor on August 9, 2008

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