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November 9th, 2004

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04:41 pm - That is not dead which can eternal lie...
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

-- H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

While everybody else is jizzing all over the poster and soon-to-be-released trailer for Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I'd like to point out The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's version of The Call of Cthulhu, which is currently in production. From the trailer it looks like it beautifully mimics the look and pacing of later silent films. We'll have to wait for the DVD (unless it shows up on next year's Wisconsin Film Festival lineup (it won't)), but I can't wait to see it. I've known about it for some time, and keep forgetting to post about it. Persuade yourself to reinstall Quicktime and download the trailer here.

Those anticipating CoC (hi Jim!) might also be interested in Aaron Vanek's adaptation of The Yellow Sign from The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers. The official site is kind of barren right now, but I've seen Vanek's work before, and I'm looking forward to this film.
Current Mood: eldritch
Current Music: Gustav Holst -- Neptune, The Mystic

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Date:November 10th, 2004 05:23 am (UTC)
Finnally someone does justice to Howard's works. I was looking at other parts of the site... reviewers saying a film is too long gives me a warm feeling inside.... means the book might actually be loved and respected by these film makers....
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Date:November 10th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
"Too long?" I don't think I'll worry about that until I see it. Either way, I've seen other stuff these people have been involved in, and I'm quite confident that they'll do a great job with the source material. Looking at the names on the site, I recognize them as belonging to a loosely-knit collective of writers, filmmakers and musicians who have been produced some of the best recent Lovecraft-related works I've seen. It's the kind of low-budget, high-quality stuff that filters in under the popular radar simply because HPL is not going to sweep the mainstream anytime soon.
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Date:November 10th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)


It looks great! I can't wait! Whichever one of us buys a DVD first can order two.

While watching the trailer I kept expecting to hear your music for CoC. I gotta find that album again.
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Date:November 10th, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Sweeeet!

I am quite excited about this. For the first couple of seconds of the trailer I was a little ambivalent about it being a silent picture, but it didn't take me long to change my mind. It looks great. Incidentally, one or more of the people working on the film developed the Cthulhu Live! game, so I think we can trust them to have a good understanding of what makes CoC work so well.
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