Lovecraft on Screens Big and Small
James Cameron and Guillermo del Toro plan to bring H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness to the big screen--in 3D. I suppose it is only appropriate for transdimensional cosmic horrors to make use of as many dimensions as filmmaking allows.
Even with my reservations about how one can film a story that is essentially a long description of the narrator viewing horrific bas relief carvings, it must be better than the latest abomination from Japan. Lovecraft's thousand-formed Crawling Chaos, Nyarlathotep, is apparently being reimagined as a silver-haired anime girl who helps a high school boy fight insufferably cute aliens. I don't see the connection other than a few letters in the girl's name--Nyaraku--but whatever the case it makes stuffed "Summer Fun Cthulhu" toys look dignified.
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