Peaks of Peril

So, the HPPodcraft guys are doing Mountains of Madness! And immediately, I feel reminded of the shock when Guillermo del Toro’s ATMOM movie was canceled. It was the first chance – at least for a long time – for a truly Lovecraftian blockbuster. But as it turns out, Universal is not interested in movies that contain a significant amount of brain. I don’t believe the hypocritical statements about the rating and non-existence of a romance and/or happy ending. Not more than flimsy excuses, if you ask me.

Why is this so important to me? It would have been a chance to bring HPL out to the masses. His works wouldn’t have become mainstream, I’m sure. They just aren’t. But it would have brought him and his oeuvre out of the obscurity he fell into. A similar thing happened in the early eighties, when Deities & Demigods and, finally, the Call of Cthulhu RPG were released. I’m fairly sure that their popularity is one of the main reasons why we can appreciate so much of HPL’s work today. But while these were limited to the nerds and geeks, ATMOM could have done the same for a much larger group of people. Lovecraft would have received the attention he deserves.

But, of course, it didn’t happen. The sceptic Lovecraftians, who warned us not to get too excited, were right. The world is not ready for the daemoniac revelations contained within HPL’s work, it seems. Or Universal was too scared of the price tag. Or they didn’t want to make a movie without naked female humans. There’s just no place for those in Antarctica. Either way, we’ll have to wait for the next opportunity to see Lovecraft’s visions turned into a movie.

At the end of the day, everyone’s dreams have been shattered, del Toro goes off to make a different monster movie and Universal has the doubtful celebrity of having canceled what could have become an awesome sci-fi thriller… with smiles as cold as the snow that falls on Mount Erebus.

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