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[24.08.2008] berichtet über die US-Kinotour von Dan Gildark's "Cthulhu"...

[14.07.2008] Ein Trailer zu Dan Gildark's "Cthulhu" ist online...

[17.06.2008] Fangoria berichtet über Stuart Gordon's Verfilmung von H.P. Lovecraft's "Das Ding auf der Schwelle"...
After a successful partnership with the new Amicus Productions on STUCK (currently in limited release), director Stuart Gordon is teaming up with the company again for the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP, which he penned with longtime collaborator Dennis Paoli. "We’re hoping to shoot in the fall," he says of the project, which is set at Miskatonic University and deals with body-swapping and people coming back from the dead. "It follows the short story pretty closely, and what’s great about it is that, as far as I know, it’s the only Lovecraft tale that has a strong female character. Normally we have to invent one, but for the first time, we didn’t have to do that. We’re also working with Amicus again, because we had so much fun the first time around." [...]

[24.12.2007] Bei AICN gibt es ein Interview mit Guillermo Del Toro, u.a. über "At the Mountains of Madness"...
[...] Now MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, that is truly... the difficult thing is to do it against what... The movie could be done if we took a smaller budget, but I really think the way to approach it is to give it the epic, sort of Shackleton exploration feel, you know? Where you really get the whalers, you get as much as you can, the feel of a big epic adventure that then turns into what it is, because the Lovecraft books... many many of the pages are essentially an exploration book and then little by little this thrilling incredibly inhuman element creeps in, but seeing things like Frank Darabont’s THE MIST or stuff in the CLOVERFEILD trailers, you know, I really get very antsy and certainly in THE MIST, there are moments that are completely out of what I want to do on MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS.
Quint: Like the leviathan that’s walking across the road?
Del Toro: At the end? For sure and the fact that in MOUNTAINS as the arctic fog settles, there’s a lot of stuff happening in the mist, so you know, as long as I can keep my blind albino penguins and the Old Ones and the Shoggoth, I think... Somebody is going to do it sooner or later. When we were in New Zealand talking about HALO, I certainly knew that if HALO happened, the flood would completely destroy MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, because the flood is in essence an ever mutating Shoggoth. [...]

[08.11.2007] Wie Twitch meldet, wird Stuart Gordon "Das Ding auf der Schwelle" verfilmen...
Good news for fans of Stuart Gordon: his long rumored return to the world of H.P. Lovecraft is a rumor no more. The Thing At The Doorstep is apparently scripted, funded, and will go before cameras in 2008 thanks to producers Moonstone Entertainment. [...]

[26.10.2007] IESB berichtet über Guillermo del Toro's Traumprojekt...
At the Mountains of Madness is "R-rated, very expensive and doesn’t have a happy ending" says writer/director Guillermo del Toro.
Speaking with him on the set of Hellboy II today in Budapest, del Toro says that’s why the movie has been so hard to get off the ground.
He hopes that horror, thriller big tentpole films like Aliens come back to the box office. The genre has been out of favor as of late with studios preferring to do small budget torture horror instead.
Del Toro would love to do Mountains right away but says he is "waiting his turn" for the genre to return.

[24.10.2007] berichtet über das Filmprojekt "The Arcanum", in welchem H.P. Lovecraft eine tragende Rolle spielt...
Writer-turned-director Randall Wallace has stepped on board to helm "The Arcanum," a Thomas Wheeler-scripted fantasy adventure being produced by Paul Brooks' Gold Circle.
Adapted from Wheeler's debut novel, the 1919-set story follows Arthur Conan Doyle as he leads a secret society known as the Arcanum -- whose members include magician Harry Houdini, voodoo priestess Marie Laveau and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft -- against a powerful supernatural force that threatens the world. Wheeler is doing a production polish before going out to cast.
Gold Circle's Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt will executive produce. Gold Circle's Guy Danella, who brought the project into the shingle, will shepherd through production.
Mandate Pictures will handle international sales. [...]

[03.10.2007] Latino Review berichtet über G. del Toro's nächstes Projekt...
[...] GDT next movie is.....
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS his longtime passion project that he adapted from the novel by H.P. Lovecraft! I know he's been wanting to do this for the longest and it was always said that he is doing it but GDT never had a home (Studio) for it.
The story follows explorers who journey to the Arctic where they uncover an ancient race of beasts.
It was our frist script review of the 2007 new year, click "HERE" to check it out. That script is hot, and I can't wait to see it materialized.
AND The studio with Los cojones doing it with GDT?
Universal Pictures!
The film is also being produced by Susan Montford, Don Murphy's Angry Films producing.
According to our source, "The deal was finished two weeks ago" and at one point Warner Bros. Pictures wanted to do it with GDT as well.
The question now in Hollywood is can GDT & Universal Pictures do it, "pre-strike." [...]

[22.07.2006] AICN berichtet von der Comic-Con 2006 und zitiert Guillermo del Toro...
[...] MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS... this one might be moving a little bit more, at least Guillermo insinuated it was. He said he was in Romania recently scouting locations for the Antarctica set. He wants to do this movie so bad. Here's a quote: "If you saw the maquettes (for MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS) you would go off into a corner and cry and jerk off... then die." Not 100% certain, though. [...]
Perlman has a role in MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS as a dog sled handler. [...]

[04.01.2005] Bei AICN gibt es einige interessante Infos rund um Lovecraft-Filme, u.a. soll es einen Director's Cut von Stuart Gordon's "From Beyond" geben...

[02.09.2004] Bei Empire Online gab es einen Webchat mit GDT...
RaceRacer: I hear a rumour that you are going to be directing a Cthulhu film - could you comment on that?
Guillermo: Yes, I am hopefully doing a version of At The Mountains Of Madness. My dream for that movie would be to band together with people like Gahan Wilson, Corbin, Geiger, Moebius and the lot and conceptualise a truly cosmic horror movie. May I live long enough to see it! [...]

[23.02.2004] bietet neue Infos zum First-Person-Shooter "Call of Cthulhu - Dark Corners of the Earth", welches Ende 2004 für Windows-PC erscheinen wird... CountingDown sprach kürzlich ausführlich mit Guillermo del Toro über Hellboy und seine kommenden Projekte...
CD: Is there any chance that you would attempt to work with an all digital character in any of your upcoming projects?
GDT: I am, actually. In Mountains of Madness there will be characters that will be CG, but they will be monsters. As far as, like, what they're calling nowadays a 'synthespian' [laughing] [...]
CD: [...] So in an ideal world, would you want to follow Hellboy up with Mountains of Madness?
GDT: In an ideal world, if it was a Hollywood project, I would like to do Mountains. In an ideal world, if it was a non Hollywood project, I would do Pan's Labyrinth. [...]

[16.11.2003] Guillermo del Toro äusserte sich im Official Hellboy Message Board zum Stand der Dinge...
[...] MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS -being re-written until early spring, right now it is in the hands of my writing partner Matthew Robbins (SUGARLAND EXPRESS, DRAGONSLAYER, MIMIC,etc) so, there, we won't hear from the studio until -probably- spring of 2004. Cross your tentacles. [...]

[12.11.2003] CS! meldet...
[...] Susan Montford and Don Murphy of Angry Films [...] are developing Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness for DreamWorks Pictures [...]

[02.11.2003] Fangoria meldete kürzlich...
HELLBOY helmer Guillermo del Toro has a new horror film in development at Revolution Studios/Columbia called CRIMSON PEAK. "It’s the fucking scariest ghost story ever," del Toro tells Fango. "Since both MEPHISTO’S BRIDGE and IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS [based on works by Christopher Fowler and H.P. Lovecraft, respectively] have stalled for various reasons, I decided to write an original script. It’s set in the Victoria era, but will be much different and much scarier than THE OTHERS." [...]

[26.09.2003] Regisseur Sascha Renninger schrieb uns...
Ich freue mich sehr darüber, Ihnen mitteilen zu können, daß der Trailer des Kurzfilms "The Unnamable" im Oktober auf dem H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in den USA den Fans präsentiert wird.
Die letzte Drehetappe für "The Unnamable" wurde erfolgreich beendet. Damit sind alle Szenen im Kasten und die Postproduktion kann beginnen. Auf der offiziellen Webseite gibt`s erste Bilder vom Dreh. In den nächsten Tagen werden weitere Fotos von den Dreharbeiten dazukommen.

[14.09.2003] Fangoria meldet...
THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH, a feature-length animated movie based on one of H.P. Lovecraft’s only two novels, will have its premiere at this year’s H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. The film follows adventurer Randolph Carter as he quests for a city he has glimpsed in a dream, and travels from the Earth to the moon and then a nameless Void, encountering a host of bizarre creatures along the way. The fest takes place in Portland, OR the weekend of October 9-12 at the Hollywood Theater (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.), and also includes appearances by Brian Yuzna and Jeffrey Combs (screening BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR and NECRONOMICON) and author/Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, plus showings of THE SHUNNED HOUSE, THE UNNAMEABLE II, over a dozen new short films and more. You can check out DREAM-QUEST’s official website here.

[22.08.2003] Arte zeigt um 23.15 Uhr die 44-minütige Dokumentation "Der Fall Lovecraft" von Pierre Trividic und Patrick Mario Bernard...
Das literarische Porträt des amerikanischen Schriftstellers Howard Phillips Lovecraft - ein Erneuerer der "Gothic Novel" und Meister der Fantastischen Literatur - stellt den Versuch dar - ausgehend vom Werk des Autors - eine "psychische Biografie" zu erstellen. Schauplatz ist eine ärmliche, baufällige Wohnung - möglicherweise die New Yorker Wohnung, in der Lovecraft die schmerzdurchwirkten Jahre seiner Höllenfahrt erlitt. Aber vor allem stellt dieser Schauplatz das geistige Lebensumfeld des Verfassers der bekannten Schauerromane dar, ein Umfeld, das erfüllt war von unbestimmter Angst und zerfurcht vom Schmerz des gesellschaftlichen Versagens und des inneren Nicht-wohin-Wissens.

[23.06.2003] berichtet über die Verfilmung von H.P. Lovecraft's "The Unnamable"...
[...] Der Regisseur Sascha Renninger arbeitet mit seiner Truppe mit viel Engagement daran, eine originalgetreue Adaption der Kurzgeschichte "The Unnamable" auf die Leinwand zu bringen, welche denselben Namen trägt. Der Kurzfilm (ca. 15 Minuten) wird auf Super 16mm gedreht, wobei die amerikanischen Schauspieler (Robert Lyons und Jeff Motherhead) in ihrer Muttersprache agieren. Veröffentlicht werden soll der Film auf DVD [...]
Inzwischen sind 2/3 der Szenen abgedreht und die Effekteschmiede "Rebels of Design" aus München arbeitet schon an den digitalen Special FX. In den kommenden Monaten wird der Rest der Filmszenen fertiggestellt werden. [...]

[09.11.2002] Bei gibt es eine recht positive Kritik zu Stuart Gordon's "Dagon"...

[01.11.2002] Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere positive Kritik zu Stuart Gordon's "Dagon"...
DAGON is one of the greatest horror movies ever made and certainly the greatest adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft`s literature. See, Lovecraft is one of the toughest writers to crack because his obssessions are so dark and vivid that the cinematic horror overcomes the basic suspense and becomes a surreal nightmare. This is why deadpan adaptation by Corman and Curtis Hanson didn`t cut it with DUNWICH HORROR and Stuart Gordon`s RE-ANIMATOR worked on another level which had nothing to do with Lovecraft`s original concept. Stuart Gordon is very near to solving the case in DAGON. Even though this isn`t actually the film Lovecraft would authorize, it`s pretty damn close. The story of two contemporary civilans meeting the strange breed of marine god worshippers is done with unmatched energy. This film grips you and never lets go. It even never misses to be spot-on when it comes to measuring the number of accents and inteludes. The main thing about this film is Gordon`s direction. He perfectly controls the style of this film. It sure does get funny at times but it ain`t because of attempted humour. To the contrary, it gets funny because it is to scary to actually scare you. It makes you look for the bright side, as if when you get into trouble and try to be optimistic. The acting is top-notch. The main role was obviously tailor made for Jeffrey Combs but he is too old now and Ezra Gooden made it as good as Combs would. The whole point with this cast of mostly unknowns is that these characters are not presented by performers. You don`t get distracted by all the movies you detect when you see actor`s face. You don`t get distracted by their virtousity. It`s just that acting is so good that DAGON feels like a stylish documentary. Brilliant. Gordon`s framing is perfect and he not only gets the most out of the moderate budget but he also manages to make this budget look perfectly fitting. [...]

[25.08.2002] Guillermo del Toro erzählte Fangoria, dass er derzeit am "At the Mountains of Madness"-Drehbuch arbeitet...
"There's a huge aspect of Lovecraft that has never been captured on film. Never," del Toro explains. "What we're doing, is we're trying to preserve - if you read the book, the book is 90 percent atmosphere. It's not a book about a concrete act and there's not an arc, there's not an escalation. There's no structure really, so what we're doing is we're trying to capture the Lovecraft sensibility and feeling, but putting in the coolest fucking monsters ever committed to film."
Though many artists have tackled Lovecraftian monsters, del Toro suggests that, like in movies such as JAWS or ALIEN, they won't ever really be seen in MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. "That's one thing - you will not seem them that clearly for most of the movie, but you will get glimpses," del Toro enthuses. "The whole movie, the main plot takes place during an Arctic storm, so when they step out of their little tents, it's limbo. It's white. And something comes out of the white and grabs them. There's a great scene where a guy falls under the ice and he's drowning, but the creatures are above. So, you never get a three hundred and sixty-degree panorama of the creature, but you get a lot of the feeling."

[22.08.2002] Bei ESplatter gibt es eine positive Kritik zu Stuart Gordon's "Dagon"...
[...] Known for being a more faithful adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story than what normally gets made in Hollywood (this film was actually produced in Spain if anyone's wondering), "Dagon" takes itself more seriously than your average Stuart Gordon/Brian Yuzna production. Although not a crowd pleaser like "From Beyond" or "Re-Animator," it manages to be genuinely scary. Unfortunately, in an age when horror fans are becoming increasingly more interested in seeing martial arts, action and goofball comedy blended in with their fear films, "Dagon" may have trouble finding a solid audience. But it is, nonetheless, one of Stuart Gordon's best and hardcore horror lovers should certainly enjoy it.

[18.08.2002] Bei Fangoria gibt es eine positive Kritik zu Stuart Gordon's "Dagon"...
[...] DAGON works as both a mystery and horror spectacle, with some good performances, decent FX and a dreaded tone that make it worth popping in your VCR or DVD player

[01.07.2002] Harry von AICN liebt Stuart Gordon's "Dagon"...
I loved this nightmare. It isn’t a straight telling of DAGON or SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH, but it is the straightest telling of the intent of Lovecraft I’ve ever seen. This isn’t wacky or funny. This movie has few moments of laughs, usually the nervous type... Ezra Godden’s Paul’s fumblings with a lock... Terrifyingly hilarious... but not really. It isn’t funny at all, but to stay latched onto the horror of his moment, it is too much, that nervous giggle is all that keeps that dry cotton mouth of yours from screaming a string of "Oh shits!" [...]
Like Raimi did with SPIDER-MAN, Gordon did with DAGON. He made changes, took what he needed to tell this story to a modern audience, and changed it and turned it into something new [...]

[28.06.2002] Bei Bloody-Disgusting gibt es eine sehr positive Kritik zu Stuart Gordon's "Dagon"...
[...] This is so incredibly well done. I just wish Brian Yuzna would stick to making H.P. Lovecraft movies, that's what he does best. The whole movie is basically a cat and mouse game, but new things happen all the time so you never get bored, I was stuck from the beginning and didn't want to move my eyes for one second.
The acting is great from all actors, but I suggest that you don't rent this movie; I suggest that you buy it! Because this is a piece of art, even if it does sound a bit cheesy with ‘fish people’, it's done in a very stylish way. [...]

[21.11.2001] AICN meldet, dass der "Dagon" Trailer online ist...

[18.11.2001] meldet...
Die kanadische Produktionsfirma, mit welcher MovieBrats Filmworks in Verhandlung um eine Co-Produktion von "The Haunter of the Dark" steht, bittet um umfangreiche Drehbuchänderungen, auch hinsichtlich einer stärkeren Betonung auf aktions- bzw. actionreichere Szenen. Die subtile, dialogarme und dichte Atmosphäre der aktuellen Drehbuchfassung genügen Ihren Ansprüchen nach einem erfolgsorientierten packenden Horrorthriller nicht.
Nachdem Autor Nowicki und Regisseur Weimer bereits an einer neuen Drehbuchfassung arbeiten, die auf einer komplexen Parallelstruktur mehrerer Handlungsstränge auf Basis der Lovecraft-Vorlage aufbaut, hoffen wir, von dieser neuen, durchaus aktionsstärkeren Version überzeugen zu können. Es bleibt abzuwarten.

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