At The Mountains of Madness

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At The Mountains of Madness

30.00

18" by 24"
Hand SIgned & Numbered
Giclee' Print on 200gsm Enhanced Paper

Limited Edition of 50

 

Guillermo Del Toro has demonstrated a passion for H.P. Lovecraft's cosmic horror themes, creatures and settings his entire career. His creature effects in films like Pan's Labyrinth show he has the imagination and creativity necessary to take on the massive task of brining Lovecraft's indescribable horrors to the screen. At The Mountains of Madness would have seen Del Toro taking on one of Lovecraft's most iconic novellas. 

An expedition to Antarctica encounters evidence of ancient creatures. Through hieroglyphics and fossils the explorers discover the origins of the elder things, a cosmic race of creatures dating back millions of years. They encounter creatures too fantastic to describe, culminating in the survivors escaping by plane but not before one of the characters seeing something so horrific that it literally drives him insane.

Lovecraft's story is so iconic that echoes of it have reverberated throughout not just pulp literature but the greater pop culture. In fact it's this very fact that may have contributed to the demise of the project. In 2012 Ridley Scott produced his prequel to the Alien saga "Prometheus" and the similarities in setting and tone to Del Toro's At The Mountains of Madness were a key factor in the film not being made. Additionally a disagreement on wether to go for a PG-13 or R rating seemed to further derail the films momentum. Del Toro's production was massively expensive and the studio was hesitant to invest so much money in an R rated film of that scale. This in spite of the significant star power behind the film. Tom Cruise was cast as the lead, and James Cameron fresh off breaking his own all time box office record would serve as producer. Guillermo Del Toro went on to prove he's more than comfortable creating on a scale just as epic as At The Mountains of Madness with his film Pacific Rim and as recently as 2014 he expressed interest in still doing the film though he has conceded his preference for an R rating. 

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