Thursday, September 20, 2018

Guillermo del Toro's "At the Mountains of Madness"

Director Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water") continues to develop the 3D horror feature "At the Mountains of Madness" , to be produced by James Cameron, based on the novella by horror author H.P. Lovecraft:

"...the story was originally written in serialized form for the pulp magazine "Astounding Stories" (1931), narrated by geologist 'William Dyer', a professor from 'Miskatonic University' who tries to warn against an upcoming scientific expedition to Antarctica.

"On a previous expedition, a party of scholars, led by Dyer, discover fantastic, horrific ruins and a dangerous secret beyond a range of mountains taller than the Himalayas...

"...including the remains of fourteen ancient life forms, completely unknown to science and unidentifiable as either plants or animals.

"Because of their resemblance to creatures of myth mentioned in the 'Necronomicon', they are dubbed the 'Elder Things'.

"Dyer and graduate student 'Danforth' fly an airplane over the mountains, which they realize...

"...are the outer wall of a huge, abandoned stone city of cubes and cones, unlike any existing earthly architecture.

"By exploring these fantastic structures, the men are able to learn the history of the Elder Things by interpreting their magnificent hieroglyphic murals: The Elder Things first came to Earth shortly after the Moon was pulled loose from the planet and were the creators of life.

"They built their cities with the help of 'Shoggoths', things created to perform any task, assume any form and reflect any thought.

"As more buildings are explored, a fantastic vista opens of the history of races beyond the scope of man's understanding, including the Elder Things' conflicts with the Star-spawn of 'Cthulhu' and the 'Mi-go' who arrived on Earth some time after the Elder Things.

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