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Animated Lovecraftian horror film scares up a poster and a trailer

Feb. 27, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Ever since Universal broke our collective hearts by cancelling Guillermo del Toro's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, the future has been sadly empty of any hope for a possible Lovecraft project.  But wait, what's this? A 3D animated film called AGES OF MADNESS from a Spanish studio that is currently in pre-production? Now the bad news: they need thirteen million euros and about three years total to finish the film, meaning that they're shooting to show the thing come December 2014.  

Still.  If this comes to pass after all, it might very well be the next best thing to Guillermo's own Lovecraft project.  But how about you be the judge? Check out the trailer and the poster and let us know what you think below!

Plot synopsis: There is a book that invokes gods older than this world, a book that can doom mankind: the Necronomicon. It changes hands through the years thanks to Nyarlatothep, causing madness and death; a young monk in the Middle Ages, an innocent girl in the Second World War, naive teenagers in the Roaring Twenties and an American misfit in today’s Tokyo. The book alters behaviors and unleashes horror. When the Elder Ones return, the existence of mankind is in danger...

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The people behind AGES OF MADNESS also have a short film coming out this September called HELEN that acts as a sort of prequel.  Here's the suitably disconcerting poster:

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And a plot synopsis: Angelic Helen wakes up barely dressed and very confused after his first night at a hall of residence for female students during the Roaring Twenties. Her friend Elizabeth reminds her, mischievously, of the unbridled "petting party" celebrated in her room last night. Helen met other girls, new substances, adult games .... However, the disappearance of a mysterious book may put them at a terrible risk....

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If you really need it, what follows is a background of the horrific well from which these movies draws their inspiration:  The Cthulhu Mythos is a shared fictional universe created in the 1920s by American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Mythos stories tend to refer to the "Great Old Ones," a fearsome assortment of ancient, powerful deities who came from outer space and once ruled the Earth. They are presently quiescent, having fallen into a death-like sleep at some time in the distant past. The best-known of these beings is Cthulhu, who currently lies "dead [but] dreaming" in the submerged city of R’lyeh somewhere in the southeast Pacific Ocean. One day, "when the stars are right", the stones of R'lyeh will rise from beneath the sea, and Cthulhu will awaken and wreak havoc on the earth...

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Extra Tidbit: Lovecraft died in 1936 from intestinal cancer. He was 46. It was extremely painful.
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8:57AM on 02/27/2012

Whoa

I'll admit to not knowing a lick about the source material for this, however, after reading the background in the article and seeing the trailer/posters I'm basically hooked. 2014 is a ways off, but this is one I will keep on my radar. Nice.
I'll admit to not knowing a lick about the source material for this, however, after reading the background in the article and seeing the trailer/posters I'm basically hooked. 2014 is a ways off, but this is one I will keep on my radar. Nice.
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9:20AM on 02/27/2012
These posters are tripping.
These posters are tripping.
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9:53AM on 02/27/2012
I was thrown off by the prospect of an animated tale inspired by Lovecraft's work, but from what we see/hear here I tihnk there's a great deal of promise to be found. As a fan of his stories, and the Cthulhu mythos, I think that everything here is looking rather great.
I was thrown off by the prospect of an animated tale inspired by Lovecraft's work, but from what we see/hear here I tihnk there's a great deal of promise to be found. As a fan of his stories, and the Cthulhu mythos, I think that everything here is looking rather great.
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9:53AM on 02/27/2012
I was thrown off by the prospect of an animated tale inspired by Lovecraft's work, but from what we see/hear here I tihnk there's a great deal of promise to be found. As a fan of his stories, and the Cthulhu mythos, I think that everything here is looking rather great.
I was thrown off by the prospect of an animated tale inspired by Lovecraft's work, but from what we see/hear here I tihnk there's a great deal of promise to be found. As a fan of his stories, and the Cthulhu mythos, I think that everything here is looking rather great.
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10:03AM on 02/27/2012
wait!! when did they cancel "mountains"? dammit!!
wait!! when did they cancel "mountains"? dammit!!
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3:54AM on 02/28/2012
Looks equal parts atmospheric and scary. Time will tell...

Anyone else notice that on both posters the tagline reads: We live ON a placid island of ignorance. But in the trailer it's: We live IN a placid island of ignorance.

Lacklustre spell checking or subtle mind-fucking?
Looks equal parts atmospheric and scary. Time will tell...

Anyone else notice that on both posters the tagline reads: We live ON a placid island of ignorance. But in the trailer it's: We live IN a placid island of ignorance.

Lacklustre spell checking or subtle mind-fucking?
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