Monday, March 28, 2011

Which famous movie director could make the best HP Lovecraft film?

Now that Guillermo del Toro isn't going to make a big-budget 3D film version of  HP Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," it's got everyone riled up (R'lyeh'ed up?) about which director would or could make the best HP Lovecraft film? FlavorWire has taken on the task of figuring that out and has assessed the landscape of directors and HP Lovecraft stories to figure out who would be best for what.

Intriguingly, they're putting the films in the period in which they would have been made, not looking at a film made today. Below are their picks and a summary of their assessment, and my assessment of their assessment.

Federico FelliniIl Terrore Di Dunwichi (1950)
Them: It would have been a gritty slice of neo-realism
Me: It would have been an interesting though ultimately unsatisfying film, recognized by Lovecraft fans more for Fellinni's involvement than HP's.

Spike LeeThe Rats in the Walls (1992)Them: It would have been a gritty urban drama
Me: WTF are you thinking? Spike is a talented filmmaker for the right material, and that material is distinctly not Lovecraft.

Martin ScorseseThe Horror at Red Hook (2002)Them: A gritty exploration of New York’s underbelly
Me: Enough with "gritty" already. This one would have been okay though. Scorsese can do a great NY story, and Red Hook is one of those areas that sort of screams New York in many ways. I'd see it.

James Cameron
The Call of Cthulu (1997)
Them: A not-at-all-gritty CGI extravaganza
Me: Yes, yes, yes! JC is perfect to adapt "The Call of Cthulhu." The dude knows how to create convincing alien horrors, he sure as shit can make an epic "boat" movie and he's pretty frakking good at sci-fi now, isn't he? Plus, he excels at telling the story of the blue collar everyman, which would fit perfectly with the crew of the Emma from "The Call of Cthulhu." YES!

Wes Anderson
The Shadow Over Innsmouth (2004)
Them: A somewhat gritty exploration of the dysfunctional Allen family
Me: No, no, no, no, no. And no. WTF OMFG what is wrong with you people? No. NOOOOO!

I'm going to score them a 1.75 out of 5 on this one, with a full point awarded for Cameron, a half-point for Scorcese and a quarter-point for Fellini. I should probably subtract points for their crazy idea of Jones or Anderson, but I'll be generous and just give them zero for those two.


  1. Why didn't they think of the obvious one.

    David Cronenberg!

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