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The Last Lovecraft: Relic Of Cthulhu – Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn and all that jazz

Posted by LiveFor on January 21, 2010

Henry Saine directs a cool sounding Horror Comedy that is debuting at Slamdance. I pretty much dig anything Lovecraft related so will look forward to this.

Jeff, a down on his luck office worker, finds out he is the last living relative of horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft. What he doesn’t know is that Lovecraft’s monsters are real and will soon threaten the very existence of mankind. Jeff and his best friend Charlie are forced to embark on a perilous adventure and they enlist the help of high school acquaintance, Paul, a self proclaimed Lovecraft specialist. Together the three unlikely heroes must protect an alien relic and prevent the release of an ancient evil, known as Cthulhu.

Bloody Disgusting had the trailer.
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Uma Thurman to wed Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami

Posted by LiveFor on November 20, 2009

Man of the moment Twilight star Robert Pattinson will be joined by a few ladies in his next film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Uma Thurman has joined the cast of Bel Ami.

Kristin Scott Thomas has also joined the cast alongside Pattinson for this adaptation of the Guy de Maupassant short story. The film will revolve around journalist George Duroy (Pattinson) who rises to the top of Paris’ social structure due to his ability to charm and bed the Parisian female elite. I’ve not read that particular Maupassant story but I have read lots of his short stories due to the fact they had a Lovecraftian feel to them, especially Le Horla (which, according to Wikipedia, was an inspiration for Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu. I’d have to check dates and things though) which he wrote while dying from syphilis.

Thurman will portray the wife of Duroy’s friend who helps Duroy climb the social ladder and, who later becomes his wife. Thomas will play a woman who falls madly for Duroy. Theater director Declan Donnellan will make his feature directorial debut on the film, which is scheduled to start filming in Paris next year.

It was previously reported that Nicole Kidman would star alongside Pattinson in the film and, while she was offered the role, the deal fell through.

Okay Twilight fans don’t hate me, but I don’t really dig Pattinson as an actor. I haven’t really see him do much about from pout and look a bit moody. It sounds as if Bel Ami could have quite a range involved so it may push Mr Sparkle and improve his old acting chops. Anyone else with me on that?

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Altitude – Trailer for Lovecraftian creature in the skies film

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2009

altitudeGroup of attractive teens (probably being played by people in their 30’s)? Check.

Confined in a small space with nowhere to run? Check.

Giant monster in the clouds trying to kill them? Priceless.
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Directed by Kaare Andrews and starring Jessica Lowndes, Ryan Donowho, Michelle Harrison, Landon Liboiron and Jake Weary.

What do you think about the trailer?

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Mortis Rex – Roman Soldiers vs Lovecraft style beastie

Posted by LiveFor on October 30, 2009

This has he potential to be very, very good, but then again so did Outlander. However, the concept art for Hellboy co-writer Peter Briggs supernatural action thriller Mortis Rex is lovely. Jim Jacks is producing it.

Speaking to Bloody Disgusting Briggs shed some light on how the story developed. “I had the idea for “Mortis” just prior to “Brotherhood of the Wolf” being released. At that point it was simply called “Untitled Roman Monster Movie”…the name “Mortis Rex” came out of something one of the characters says about half an hour into the story. In the early concept, our hero — Cassius Virius — had a female African sidekick, who was mute and did martial arts with a giant carved elephant bone. As soon as I saw “Brotherhood”, I tossed that notion right out the window! And, really, I was glad I did, because the story evolved into something less fantasy-oriented, and became a more grounded and gritty story. Visually, it’ll hopefully be like Ridley’s earlier work. Much more “Gladiator” than “300”. I bumped into “Brotherhood’s” director, Christophe Gans, at Warners a few years ago and told him how I’d had to change my characters…we had a laugh about it.”
The big question is whether the supernatural beastie will be worth watching.

“I’ve been working solidly the last month with our creature designer, Paul Mendoza, and our intention’s to portray onscreen the baddest, nastiest, Lovecraftian-level monstrosity you’ve ever seen,” Brings elaborates. “If you’re a fanboy, you’ll know Paul’s work…he sculpted Wayne Barlowe’s “Decurion” for Sideshow a while back, and the guy’s really a pocket genius. I’ve never seen anything like our creature, onscreen, ever. Period. I zap sketches to Paul, and he blasts finished renderings back over the internet, and then I scribble and Photoshop over them, and zap them back. I’ve had a vision in my head about what the thing should look like since I started writing “Mortis”, but right now we’re about 80% there, and our Big Chap just keeps looking scarier and weirder every time my email goes “ping”. He’s an extremely visually complex creation. He’d eat “Hellboy’s” Ogdru Jahad for breakfast.

The “Hellboy” writer grins evilly, “But our beastie is…very peculiar. Very singular. He’s a big sucker. Quite terrifying. People will be coming out of the theater with their heads blown off. I pity the poor Roman soldiers who have to go up against this thing with their steel toothpicks…”
Casting wise that is still up in the air, but we may get to see some familiar faces.

“Well, I originally wrote the part of Cassius Virius for Lawrence Fishburne, and we were actually down the road talking to him about it when he got pulled onto “CSI”, and we lost him. But Jim Jacks has broken-in or raised up a lot of good actors and stars over the years — Brendan Fraser and Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson spring to mind. And having Jim onboard obviously makes this movie very attractive to a whole other level of actor. So, I’m looking forward to seeing what Jim will bring to us. We’ve spent a long time talking cast lists. Interestingly I ran into Ron Perlman at the “Sons Of Anarchy” wrap party weeks back, and I just happened to have my laptop with me and showed him what we were doing. Obviously, I knew Ron from “Hellboy”, and I mentioned that I’d had a smaller role in “Mortis” — a rough, Roman drill Sergeant who gets to chew the scenery — written with Ron in mind. Ron really responded to the idea, and asked when we were thinking of shooting. It’d be fun having Ron onboard.”

All in all Mortis Rex sounds very cool. However, Briggs’ other project sounds equally interesting.

“Well, I’m racing to the finishing post on a rewrite-polish on “Panzer 88”, which is a screenplay by two American writers, Aaron Mason and Jim Cowan, that I discovered. I really wanted to use “Mortis” to springboard me onto a director slot with the studios…basically allowing me to get my hands on all the projects I’ve been writing for the majors for 19 years, like “Judge Dredd” and “Alien vs Predator”, that then got horribly mangled by others. But when I found this script, I knew I’d be nuts if I didn’t do it, even though it’s a much smaller piece even than “Mortis”. “Panzer” is another supernatural thriller: basically a character piece set in a German King Tiger tank in Russia in World War 2. It’s five guys in a tin can, and something’s trying to stop them making it home. It’s creepy, and smart. I’ll be directing that too. There are a bunch of producers jockeying to get their hands on this right now…I’ve had a few meetings with Gary Kurtz (“Star Wars”, “American Graffiti”, “Dark Crystal”) back in London, and I really like the idea of doing “Panzer” with him. I was surprised by Gary. For a producer with such All-American movies under his belt, he absolutely gets the very dark, European sensibility of the piece. I guess I’m very lucky with my producers right now.”

How do you like them apples? Does Mortis Rex float your boat? Who would you like to see star in it and any ideas what the creature will look like?

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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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Cthulhu – Perfume for those loved ones destined to have their brains melted

Posted by LiveFor on September 17, 2009

First there was the real life Sex Panther aftershave inspired by Anchorman.

Then there were the Star Trek colognes – Red Shirt, Live every day as if it could be your last!

Now the always brilliant Topless Robot have stumbled upon perfume’s based upon the works of H P Lovecraft. I kid you not.

The one above is described as:

If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings… It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence…

A creeping, wet, slithering scent, dripping with seaweed, oceanic plants and dark, unfathomable waters.

Other classics are:

Nyarlathotep – Brooding, yet electric: the scent of buried secrets, roiling nightmares, the essence of the Crawling Chaos, the Father of Knives and Locusts, the Hunter in the Dark. This is the blackest of ritual incenses charged with flashes of ozone.

Shoggoth – An amorphous, radiant, incandescent scent. Ever changing, protoplasmic and primordial: white amber, green coconut meat, iris, palmarosa, Chinese peony, lime, water lily, snowdrop, muguet, lemongrass, osmanthus, wisteria, glassy musk, and hinoki.

Night-Gaunt – Their scent of their slick, rubbery hides is bittersweet, ticklish, and skin-creeping: something akin to yuzu, white grapefruit, and kumquat mixed with the snow-dusted flowers of Mount Ngranek.

You can check out the full range and purchase them over at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

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Dirt Dauber – Trailer for Lovecraft inspired horror

Posted by LiveFor on August 20, 2009

I love a bit of Lovecraft. Scare the bejeezus out of me.

Dirt_Dauber_Coming_SoonIn this disturbing Lovecraftian fairy tale, a man awakes naked and confused in an isolated mountainous region. He soon encounters a strange local who offers to help him. The stranger recounts local folklore that speaks of a murderous religious cult and an insect-like fertility god that is said to dwell deep within the mountain. The two men go underground in search of the truth and soon find themselves in a stygian black temple of horror.

Written and directed by Steve Daniels. Starring Lee O. Smith and Lyon Forrest Hill. Music by Chris “Anakrid” Bickel. The 33-minute short was filmed in the Blue Ridge mountains of South Carolina. It features a mythical fertility monster based on Lovecraft’s literary creation Shub-Niggurath. The film’s prologue was shot on super 8mm film, and the remainder shot on DV 24p.

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Cold Skin – Poster

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2009 has received the first poster for director David Slade’s Cold Skin. The film is an adaptation of the best-selling Spanish novel of the same title. Jesus Olmo wrote the screenplay. The following is how the horror/psychological thriller is described:

On the edge of the Antarctic Circle, a ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the post of weather observer, to live in solitude at the end of the earth.

But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. For the next twelve months his entire world will consist of a deserted cabin, trees, rocks, silence and the surrounding sea.

Then night begins to fall…

I all sounds a bit Shadow over Innsmouth to me.

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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).

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‘The Strange Adventures Of H.P. Lovecraft’ Creators On Why Ron Howard Is Right For Horror Adaptation

Posted by LiveFor on March 31, 2009

I recently posted a story about Ron Howard being attached to direct the comic book adaption of The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz.

Now MTV had an interview with writer/creator Mac Carter (who’s also writing the screenplay for the film) and cover artist/producer Adam Byrne about the comic, the film, Ron Howard and who they would like to play Lovecraft. Here are some of the highlights. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview along with an exclusive 5-page preview of “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft”

MTV: What’s the appeal of the author as a story character? What aspects of H.P. Lovecraft — the man and his work — will we see in the series and film?

MC: Well, in my mind, it’s no coincidence that the book landed with Universal. When we set out to create the comic we talked a lot about their classic monsters. We felt there was a model at work in their pantheon that we could follow — that of the tragic, misunderstood monster: Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, even the Gill Man. Some of the details of Lovecraft’s sad and complex biography started to suggest a similar character. All we needed was the horror. Well, Lovecraft’s writings provide that in spades.

But let me just say, we have one more hope — that with “The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft” we create a curiosity for the man’s idiosyncratic writings, and that a notoriously un-filmable author, not unlike Philip K. Dick with “Blade Runner,” suddenly becomes viable. Because, after all, who doesn’t want to see more of this guy’s mind-blowing stories on the big screen?

AB: Well, the reaction on the internet has been pretty interesting, even though the book hasn’t been released yet. The most important thing to keep in mind is, H.P. Lovecraft is very much the awkward, reclusive writer he’s commonly portrayed as in his biographies and by no means a Hollywood hunk. This is not a gunslinging book for gunslinging sake. It’s the story of a man placed in a very burdensome, nearly tragic set of circumstances who resorts to any means to resolve them.

MTV: Ron Howard isn’t typically viewed as a horror director — why is he right for this project?

MC: Not typically viewed as a horror director, you say? There’s a lot of talkback on blogs about this. Thanks for the opportunity to address it.

Not that the guy needs my endorsement, but perhaps there’s a more generous way of framing Mr. Howard’s talent with respect to horror: to my mind, he is our generation’s Howard Hawks. What about “Rio Bravo” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” assured anyone that Hawks would create a classic in “The Thing from Another World?” And yet, there it is — a horror masterpiece.

Put simply, Ron Howard is a storyteller. He’s versatile, working effortlessly and fluently across genres, from balls-to-the-wall action-thriller to historical sit-down drama, always instilling the work with creativity, passion and humanity. Why would his horror film be any different?

AB: First of all, Ron Howard is a great dramatic director. He cares about making the audience connect with the characters. “Frost/Nixon,” “Cinderella Man,” etc, are great indications that Ron can nail a time and a place and ground you in a character’s universe. That’s key for introducing Lovecraft’s biography. If you don’t care about him as a person, you’re not likely to care about the horror unfolding around him.

MTV: In an ideal scenario, who’s your pick to play H.P. Lovecraft in the film?

AB: In creating the character’s look for the comic, Tony Salmons and I talked a lot about a cross between the photographs that exist of the real man and the actor Adrien Brody. When Mac and I watched his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, the one where he dips Halle Berry, we looked at each other like, that is our H.P. Lovecraft. Obviously, that’s not our call now that it’s getting adapted for film, but it was fun to imagine Adrien while we were making the book.

It all sounds very interesting and I think Brody is an excellent choice to play Lovecraft. Now if only they can get him.

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