27.01.2011 1

A Video History of Animated Cthulu

Jeb Card hat gestern auf Ectoplasmosis einen schönen Artikel über die popkulturellen Referenzen des Lovecraft’schen Universums veröffentlicht und einige Gastauftritte des großen Alten in Serien wie G.I. Joe, den Ghostbusters oder Scooby Doo zusammen getragen, wobei mir nur die Ghostbusters Folge noch in Erinnerung war.

A common response to the Cutethulhu phenomenon is to compare it with the defanging of Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster. Originally horrors that thrilled millions, they became cuddly cartoon and muppet characters on television, foils for Abbott and Costello in the movies, purveyors of breakfast cereals, and childrens’ icons in general. But what’s different about Cthulhu is that the trajectory is somewhat reversed. Cthulhu and Lovecraftian tropes had been floating about in places like comic books, games, and other obscure geek-centric places in the 1960s and 1970s. At the same time, television and film did adapt Lovecraft stories from time to time, or least draw from them. But these usually fell more into the realm of traditional gothic horror, focusing on human antagonists, wizards, curses, and the occasional human scale rubbery monster. With a few exceptions, Lovecraft’s cosmic monsters never appeared on screen, to some degree because they simply couldn’t be represented easily short of a vast special effects budget in the pre-CGI days.

But no such limits were to be found in animation. If it could be drawn, it could be animated. And starting in the 1980s, Lovecraft’s terror tropes pop up in animation. Most bizarrely, in pop mass-market animation meant for children. The Lovecraft renaissance of the 1970s did not have much of an immediate effect on live-action film and television. But the influences that had previously only been seen in comics lept onto the television screen. After a few bold steps in that direction, Cthulhu and co. were largely left alone in the 1990s. But in the 2000s, when mass media embraced fantasy, science fiction, and horror and the supernatural in a big way, the second Lovecraft renaissance made its mark. It is arguably only in 1998 with the film Deep Rising, and with the availability of CGI, that we begin to see live-action film and arguably less juvenile fare begin to feature Cthulhu.

The following is an exhibit of these pop artifacts

CTHULHU CTHURSDAY MORNING CARTOONS – ANIMATED CTHULHU, A VIDEO HISTORY


03.01.2011 3

Trailer: “La Herencia Valdemar: La Sombra Prohibida” feat. Cthulhu himself

Ich hatte bisher noch nie etwas von der Filmreihe “La herencia Valdemar” (The Valdemar Legacy) gehört, allerdings bin ich von obigem Trailer des zweiten Teiles “La Sombra Prohibida” (The Forbidden Shadow) wirklich mehr als angetan, zum einen weil er für einen vermeindlichen B-Movie Trailer wirklich sehr sehr gut aussieht. Zum Anderen weil Luis Zahera in einer Nebenrolle als H.P. Lovecraft aufspielt und zum Letzten, weil der Große Alte himself zu sehen ist! Allerdings verstehe ich kein Wort spanisch, von daher verlasse ich mich die vermutlich recht mäßige Google Translator Übersetzung der spanischen Synopsis der Film-Website.

4 days ago, Luisa Llorente, a farm appraiser had the formidable task of going to evaluate the home of Lazarus Valdemar, has not heard from her. Two expeditions out in your search: first Nicholas Tramel, detective hired by Maximilian Colvin, head of Inmoverance, company he works for Luisa and on the other coworkers Ana and Eduardo, who travel by car with the idea of join forces with the detective, but something happens … in the middle of the night a figure bursts into the middle of the road forcing the car to skid to an accident. The shadow is nothing but the very Luisa Llorente …, which continues its desperate flight. In a thrilling race libarse a pursuer through the forest and falls for a hole to get to the bottom of a ravine … the attacker gives up its prey and complies with the couple’s car. Luisa will awaken in a strange gypsy wagon, where the owner will heal the wounds of the fall, and already happened will tell much more, why is there …? Why have retained their peers and what is the fate that awaits them.? the answers are so dark, that never was the imaginary detective Nicholas Tramel, who despite avidly studying the role of a strange book called Necronomicom prohibited throughout the plot, you can not overcome the many dangers that threaten them.

Hier noch die beiden Trailer zum ersten Teil. Anlaufen wird das gute Stück übrigens am 28. Januar in allen spanischen Kinos. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. via mindsdelight


29.11.2010 5

“Fear of the Unknown” – Komplette Doku über H.P. Lovecraft

Auf Snagfilms kann man sich derzeit die komplette Dokumentation über das Leben von H.P. Lovecraft “Fear of the Unkown” ansehen (Mehr Infos auf der offiziellen Website). 90 Minuten Horror Galore inklusive einiger Interviews u.A. mit Guillermo del Toro, John Carpenter und Autor Neil Galman. Ein kleiner Lichtblick an diesem traurigen Tag. Hier die Video Description:

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is Fear of the Unknown.

“H.P. Lovecraft was the forefather of modern horror fiction having inspired such writers as Stephen King, Robert Bloch and Neil Gaiman. The influence of his Cthulhu mythos can be seen in film (Re-animator, Hellboy, and Alien), games (The Call of Cthulhu role playing enterprise), music (Metallica, Iron Maiden) and pop culture in general.

But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies?  What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?

LOVECRAFT: FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN is a chronicle of the life, work and mind that created these weird tales as told by many of today’s luminaries of dark fantasy including John Carpenter (The Thing), Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Neil Gaiman (Coraline), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), Caitlin Kiernan (“Daughter of Hounds”) and Peter Straub (“Ghost Story”).”

Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown via brainbar


10.02.2010 8

H.P. Lovecraft Fotografie von Marc Da Cunha Lopes

Marc Da Cunha Lopes‘ vereint in seiner neuen Fotoserie HPL, benannt nach dem großen H.P. Lovecraft, Mensch und Cthulhu Mythos. Creepy as Hell!

via behanceformatmag