A movie project written by Richard Stanley (HARDWARE, DUSTDEVIL) and Scarlett Amaris based on the H.P. Lovecraft’s story THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE is still in the early stages of development. While still looking for a serious producer for the film, they’ve created a pre-production teaser trailer is build with footage from other movies meant to give a general idea of their project. Keep checking back here and the official site for more information.
They’ve also created an interesting pre-production poster designed by Pat Tremblay as another step to drum up sales presumable at various film markets. Check it out below. I’m a big fan of Stanley’s past work. I’m also (as you probably all know) a HUGE fan of anything Lovecraft, so I’m incredibly excited about this project. It couldn’t be any worse than 1987’s The Curse (starring Wil Wheaton), which really wasn’t all that bad, but come on…show Lovecraft a little more respect.
Today is the birthday of the greatest American writer of the 20th Century. I am, of course, talking about Howard Phillips Lovecraft, born August 20th, 1890. I couldn’t let it pass without writing some form of tribute to the man who, without his limitless imagination of cosmic horror, the horror world would’ve never been as we know it today. He was contemporaries with Robert Bloch (PSYCHO), Robert E. Howard (CONANTHEBARBARIAN), and Fritz Leiber, amongst others, going on to influence every great horror writer we revere today. Stephen King called Lovecraft “the Twentieth Century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale,” and Neil Gaiman has called him “Rock and Roll.” That last quote could be taken quite literally as Lovecraft has been referenced in bands such as Black Sabbath and Metallica, amongst many others, with a psychedelic band in the 60s/70s even naming themselves after the man.
Seriously, SCREAMFACTORY is releasing news of title after awesome title they’ll be releasing on blu-ray every Friday throughout October, and recently they made the announcement that they will be releasing Stuart Gordon’s FROM BEYOND, based loosely upon the H.P. Lovecraft story,as a Collector’s Edition Bluray & DVD combo next year! There will be new extras along with the older ones which were on the prior 2007 DVD release. Bitchin’!
FROM BEYOND centers around a pair of scientists attempting to stimulate the pineal gland with a device called The Resonator. An unforeseen result of their experiments is the ability to perceive creatures from another dimension that proceed to drag the head scientist into their world, returning him as a grotesque shape-changing monster that preys upon the others at the laboratory.
To know me is to know that my favourite writer of all time is H.P. Lovecraft. I’ve read and re-read everything he’s written (almost, the selected letters have still eluded my grasp). Well, it would seem that IMAGE COMICS have a new series going entitled THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF H.P. LOVECRAFT. Here’s the synopsis:
When an ancient curse transforms young H.P. Lovecraft’s darkest nightmares into reality, the timid writer becomes both an unwitting god of destruction and the only person who can battle the evil he’s unleashed into the world. One part biography, one part horror pulp, one part fugitive thriller and you have… one weird tale indeed.
Has the potential to either suck or be something interesting. Check out one of the comic covers below: