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Miskatonic Monday - Mountains of Madness, the bad and the good!

Miskatonic UniversityLights out, everybody.

On Miskatonic Mondays, we celebrate the "weird" fiction of HP Lovecraft and the genre of otherworldly horror that it spawned.

As you probably already know, the hugely over-priced Mountains of Madness movie starring Tom Cruise is officially DOA.  Since leaving The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro has been teasing the fanboys and girls with dreams of a James Cameron produced film of alien horror.

Well, the accountants at the studio looked at it and said it will never fly.  The price tag is more than they're willing to risk on a R-rated horror film, regardless of the backers.  Unlike the amusement-park-ride-esque Avatar (that's enough hyphens to make it a Lovecraftian adjective, right?), horror is not a big seller.  Horror fans, like comedy fans, are a cantankerous lot, and we hate everything that isn't our particular flavor of horror.  That means that our statistically small audience is already a poor target for a 250 million dollar project.  Then, for some reason, del Toro was shooting for an "R" rating, despite the lack of "on screen" gore or sexuality in the source material.

While I would have loved to have seen what they could have come up with, I'll just buy a ticket to The Thing prequel coming out this Halloween (which looks to be amazing so far) and be satisfied.

So, there's the bad news, but unlike the eldrich underside of some cyclopean stone, there's always good news!

Chad & Chris from HP Podcraft are back in the saddle this week, and have started their review of the original At the Mountains of Madness.  If you're not familiar with HP Podcraft, it's an excellent podcast hosted by Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey.  Their mission with the series is to review all of HP Lovecraft's works in the order in which the stories were published.  The format is simple; they have a good reader knock out some quotes from the story, followed by a synopsis of the story, and capped with their thoughts and scholarly notes about what made the story unique.

If you haven't had a chance to read Lovecraft, or can't scale his walls of text, HP Podcraft is an excellent resource.  Chad & Chris tackle each story with professional production, and a light-hearted take on the otherwise bleak subject matter.

So, if you wanted to see what the excitement surrounding At the Mountains of Madness was all about, you can hear Chad & Chris' take on this famous tale at http://hppodcraft.com/2011/05/18/episode-77-at-the-mountains-of-mad...

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Comment by Jake Holman Jr. on May 24, 2011 at 1:34pm

There was a great New Yorker piece written about Del Toro and his tireless quest to get ATMOM made. The story ran right before the movie was canned. I still hold out hope that he'll get another stab at it, with a more flexible cast. In my younger years Call of Cthulhu was my favorite Lovecraft story. This novella is now tied for fav. Also, if you haven't read the Del Toro piece in the New Yorker here is the link.

 

And I am a huge fan of HP Podcraft! Every week I await each new installment. Have to say with Episode 1 of ATMOM under their belt, I cannot wait for the new installment this week. Fantastic podcasters!

Comment by Tome Wilson on May 24, 2011 at 10:32am

Two crazy guys?  They'd be perfect in The Statement of Randolph Carter.

Maybe we can get Steve Buscemi to perform The Outsider while we're tossing around the crazy.  They wouldn't even need make up!

Comment by Virgil Briggs (Samuel Crowe) on May 24, 2011 at 10:28am
Can't say I'm sad to see a Tom Cruise movie die.... As much as I don't like him, he is one of the most insane actors out there and would bring some real world craziness to the movie. Maybe they should have gotten Mel Gibson too...

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