Thursday, June 16, 2005
Genre stalwart Stuart (RE-ANIMATOR) Gordon has lined up the leads for his MASTERS OF HORROR segment THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH-HOUSE, scripted by Dennis Paoli from the H.P. Lovecraft story. Jeffrey Combs will indeed be playing Mazurewicz, “The hero’s bizarre neighbor,” Gordon tells Fango. Ezra Godden, who starred in Gordon’s DAGON, joins Combs as the film’s protagonist, the obsessed student Walter Gilman.
“THE DREAMS IN THE WITCH-HOUSE has always been one of my favorite Lovecraft stories,” the director notes. “The image of a witch showing up in your bedroom in the middle of the night and dragging you out of bed and forcing you to murder babies is a nightmare that’s hard to get out of your head. And while most witches have black cats for their familiars, Keziah Mason’s is Lovecraft’s most memorable monster: Brown Jenkin, the rat with a human face. Besides Jeff and Ezra, I’ve got some babies and rats to cast.”
'Perhaps one needs to have suffered a great deal in order to appreciate Lovecraft ... ' Jacques Bergier
Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new, realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don't care to know any more. Humanity, such as it is, inspires only an attenuated curiosity in us. All those prodigiously refined notations, situations, anecdotes ... All they do, once a book has been set aside, is reinforce the slight revulsion that is already adequately nourished by any one of our 'real life' days.
Now, here is Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937): 'I am so beastly tired of mankind and the world that nothing can interest me unless it contains a couple of murders on each page or deals with the horrors unnameable and unaccountable that leer down from the external universes.' We need a supreme antidote against all forms of realism.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
HP Lovecraft, Circa 2005
Maelstrom Productions, a Seattle production company, has completed the principal photography for its adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Thing on the Doorstep. The final cut of the horror movie, titled Strange Aeons: The Thing on the Doorstep and shot on location in Washington state (the home of Ted Bundy, and the Green River Killer), is expected in the fall.
“The locations we used sprawled all over Washington state, from a mental institution to a college campus, to a mansion that was more than 10,000 square feet,” Director Eric Morgret told us. “And a graveyard... every horror movie needs a graveyard.”