‘At the Mountains of Madness’ with Del Toro and Cameron

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July 29, 2010 by Chris Reynolds

Cover art for a dust jacket that appeared on H.P. Lovecraft's novel, 'At the Mountains of Madness.' Illustrated by Lee Brown Coye.

If you are wondering what Guillermo Del Toro is up to now that he is not directing the Hobbit movie, here it is.

He is teaming up with producer, James Cameron (Avatar), to adapt one of H.P. Lovecraft’s better known novels, “At the Mountains of Madness”, into a film. This tale is classic Lovecraft, a horror story at its core, with strange fiction written all over it in red Sharpie.

This tale takes place in the 1930’s (the same decade Lovecraft died) in the Antarctic, during a research expedition. Lovecraft’s strange fiction takes hold when the expedition crew discovers mankind was actually created by ancient and highly evolved beings, referred to as “elder gods” or “elder things”.

Oh, and did I mention these gods are aliens? Yeah, because they are. And things really start to hit the fan after a few of them awaken. People on the crew start to disappear or worse, not to mention their little dogs too. And that is only the beginning their troubles.

And let’s not forget the involvement of Cthulhu (CAH-TH-OO-LOU), the famed many tentacled elder god that has been going viral in the past few years.

This movie has great potential with these two distinguished gentlemen heading the expedition. And the film has already been promised by Del Toro to be, at its heart, a grand scale, meaningful, all out terror fest according to Firstshowing.com.

I for one, hope the chilly quest involving these monstrous creatures is left well enough alone. In my mind, no modernization is needed and I just hope the character artists are up for the challenge. I just hope this film doesn’t tick off the elder gods. The last thing I need is Cthulu busting down the theater door.

What do you think? Is this movie a good idea? Is Del Toro and Cameron a good mix for this? Who should tackle artist work? I want to hear from you.

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2 thoughts on “‘At the Mountains of Madness’ with Del Toro and Cameron

  1. AEW says:

    My reaction went from “ooooooh!” to “awwwwww” about at the word “aliens.” Guillermo Del Toro could make an excellent Lovecraft movie. It seems as though he is not going to.

  2. The word “aliens” here was merely to show these creatures are foreign to human kind, as they were in the novels. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythology is about “Alien” civilizations that took root on earth before mankind’s existence. There is no word yet on how he will represent the Elder Things in the film. And yes I agree, hopefully the film will not be hung up on the term “alien.”

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