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Sunday, September 15, 2019 has a new home on Facebook!

Hello, everyone! I've returned to the world of "Cosmic Horror Cinema", as Unfilmable(dot)com has been resurrected once more (from the essential saltes of the original, as Aaron Vanek once put it). Our new home is Facebook, which for better or worse, happened out of one part necessity and one part convenience.

You see, most of my free time takes place away from my computer, so I have to do all of my research and updates on my smart phone. Blogger, of course, is notoriously glitchy on mobile browsers, so that makes updating Unfilmable nearly impossible. Facebook, on the other hand, is very easy. It's also the home of many of the films and filmmakers that we cover, so that's an added convenience. Another thing we like is that we're able to gauge the type of articles, reviews and content that readers enjoy through likes and comments.

We've actually been going strong over on Facebook for a while, with many of the same contributors helping out. Some of the films we've covered recently include Richard Stanley's COLOR OUT OF SPACE, THE COLOUR OF MADNESS starring Barbara Crampton, the CASTLE FREAK "re-imagining", Aaron Vanek's THE FINAL REPORT OF HENRY BARROW, THE LIGHTHOUSE, SYNCHRONIC and so many more!

I would also like to take a moment to thank TOFF, Morgan Scorpion, Bob Brinkman and Lady Lovecraft for taking over the blog in my absence, and giving visitors original content to read. Your help and support mean a lot, and I appreciate you keeping the Unfilmable name in the public eye!

So if you're interested in following us on Facebook, please visit us here, and don't forget to like and share!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Fernando Reza's poster (and a ticket!) for Del Toro's At The Mountains of Madness

Ones that got away: posters for films that never happened – in pictures

Designer Fernando Reza has created a set of imaginary posters for films that couldn’t make it past pre-production, from Tim Burton’s Superman Lives to Alfred Hitchcock’s Kaleidoscope. Each print can be purchased and arrives with a fake movie ticket

Fri 30 Aug 2019 01.00 EDT


At The Mountains of Madness – Guillermo del Toro

‘Del Toro has demonstrated a passion for HP Lovecraft’s themes, creatures and settings throughout his entire career. At The Mountains of Madness would have seen Del Toro taking on one of Lovecraft’s most iconic novellas. In 2012, Ridley Scott made Prometheus, and the similarities in setting and tone were a key factor in the film not being made. Additionally, a disagreement on whether to go for a PG-13 or R seemed to further derail the film. The production was expensive and the studio was hesitant to invest in an R-rated film of that scale’

Photograph: Fernando Reza / Fro Design Company

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Colour Out of Space + Nicholas Cage + Richard Stanley = roll for sanity?

A decade ago (!), there was mention here of a possible adaptation of The Shadow Over Innsmouth involving Nicholas Cage, and the fact that Cage was a fan:
actor Nicholas Cage's Saturn Films was in possession of the project, as explained by Rob, "As per the rumor of Nicholas Cage being involved, yes that is true. Cage is a die hard Lovecraft fan and while working on Adaptation, Joel Harlow mentioned the script and Cage wanted first look. Saturn Films (Cage's production company) is currently in possession of the project.

There's a now a different chance at a Lovecraft-Cage project:
Voets, Cedric. "Nic Cage Has Met His Crazy Match In The New Lovecraft Movie." Cracked. January 25, 2019.
To get an idea of how potentially creative and strange such a film could be with Richard Stanley directing, see for example two of his early genre films Hardware (1990) and Dust Devil (1992) (The Final Cut). To get an idea of how the man's mind developed since the 1990s, see the 2014 documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau - he'd been the original director of the adaptation starring Marlon Brando with Nelson de la Rosa as Brando's "Mini Me."

Another potentially promising sign that Stanley might potentially be a good Lovecraftian director is his 2018 appearance at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival reading Clark Ashton Smith, a festival that screened a documentary about Smith in which Stanley appeared. See also the Richard Stanley interview on this blog from 2011!

Richard Stanley reads The Hashish-Eater from Darin Coelho on Vimeo.

The Colour Out of Space could be strange and wonderful, or bonkers but in a good way, or it could be the latest never-to-be-made HPL film... let's hope for the former?