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Mountains of Madness Movie May Mean Misery, Moping
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© Joe Crowe, Shane Ivey
August 27, 2010

They're doing a movie on H.P. Lovecraft's legendary Cthulhu story At the Mountains of Madness. By they, Guillermo del Toro is one of the script writers. James Cameron is a producer. So the fear is that it could be a wide-screen mass-market sell-out, and not get the Lovecraft feel right. The Cthulhu fans would get their knickers in a twist big-time for that.

So a guy at the site Temple of Ghoul reviewed a draft of the script. Here's the link..

He said it's second-hand Lovecraft, as if written by someone familiar with Cthulhu stuff only from role playing games or metal, not the Lovecraft texts. Ouch! I think he's talking about me.

But a script that isn't final is no way to gauge a movie. I stay away from those things. One, if there's something cool in it that does not appear in the final movie, I don't want to sob quietly, missing something that shall never be.

Two, if there's something cool in it that does appear in the final movie, I don't want to sob quietly, because I ruined the surprise by reading about it on a computer screen before I saw it.

Here's chief Cthulhoid Shane Ivey.

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I was personally dismayed when Cameron came aboard, because of the chance that he might turn the story into all the things that this guy describes. Even if he and Del Toro produce a good action movie, it won't be satisfying to people who have loved At the Mountains of Madness as a horror story all their lives.

Then again, reading a script is a lousy way to judge the atmosphere and tone of a movie that hasn't yet been made. If Del Toro can muster the kind of storytelling ruthlessness that he showed in Pan's Labyrinth, there's definitely hope for At the Mountains of Madness as Lovecraftian horror and not just big, squishy action.

RevolutionSF's Joe Crowe and Shane Ivey know all about big and squishy.

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