Sunday, July 06, 2008

Hellboy & H P Lovecraft

Just saw this interesting pericope.

Lovecraft Lives!For horror fans, Hellboy presents something very special: it is the first film that shows monsters similar to those described by H.P. Lovecraft in the Cthulu Mythos tales. “The Lovecraft style was Guillermo’s thought in the beginning,” explains Edward Irastorza, vfx producer on Hellboy. “He always sent people in that direction. Early on, Guillermo had discussions about Lovecraft with me and Blair Clark [of Tippett Studios] and we followed through with it.”

(Hellboy creator Mike Mignola’s vision harkens back to H.P. Lovecraft’s work.)

del Toro explains that his Lovecraftian vision came from the comic itself. “There is an aspect that I enjoy in the work of [Hellboy creator] Mike Mignola, and that is that his vision of hell is a cosmic one, which he shares with H.P. Lovecraft. In the movie a character says, there is a dark place where evil slumbers and waits to return. And that is basically the premise of the entire Lovecraft mythos — that there are entities out there that want to return and repossess earth — cyclopean entities, to use a Lovecraftian term.”

1 comment:

Kousmichoff said...

Mignola is the one who turned me on to Lovecraft, so it was great to read your post about him.

I read that Del Toro is looking to direct "At the Mountains of Madness" sometime after the Hobbit film(s ).


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