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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Cthulhu rising

Fangoria updates us on the new Cthulhu movie in production:

Grant Cogswell, executive producer and co-screenwriter of the currently-in-postproduction feature CTHULHU (not to be confused with Andrew Lemen’s THE CALL OF CTHULHU, which we last reported on here), checked in to give Fango the lowdown and some pics (above and below) on his modern take of the H.P. Lovecraft story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” Helmed by first-time director Dan Gildark (who co-scripted with Cogswell) and shot in Astoria, Oregon during fall 2005, CTHULHU stars Jason (1999’s THE HAUNTING OF HELL HOUSE) Cottle, Tori Spelling, Cara (THE HULK) Buono, Amy Minderhout, Dennis Kleinsmith, Richard Garfield, Brian Padilla, Ian Geoghegan, Nancy Stark and Hunter Stroud. Cogswell reveals of the plot, “A college professor from Seattle [Cottle], called home to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his mother’s estate, finds out that his father’s New Age cult has a dark history of human sacrifice. In a spiraling series of events, he is drawn into a race against time to avert an apocalypse.” Explaining his decision to set the film in modern times (Lovecraft’s original tale, much like the bulk of his work, is set during the 1920s), Cogswell says, “If you set a movie about a cosmic struggle in the early 20th century, it kind of kills the suspense. Like, you know we made it this far, so how scary can it be?” Given the source material’s rich mythology, Cogswell’s script for CTHULHU not surprisingly hefts a bit more metaphor than standard fare. “The film is set just slightly in the future,” Cogswell explains, “at a time when climatic chaos due to global warming is beginning to fray the stability of the world. Most horror movies are about people getting into trouble doing the things you ‘should’ do: reaching out to strangers, having sex in the neighbors’ hot tub, being curious and exploratory beyond the bounds of quotidian reality. I wanted to make a movie about the real dangers surrounding us, which come from our collective habits and consent, what happens when we get lulled into collective suicide for the sake of some impossible fantasy of plenty. Lightning is a lot more likely to get you than a serial killer. And the weather is getting worse.”
Entire article well-worth the link, plus Fangoria has photos online.


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