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Del Toro on Madness

02.01.2008
Del Toro and AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is fast entering cock tease territory. Fortunately the man is so loved that I'm ready to sit on my ass and wait for him to get round to making the thing. He spoke to MTV recently, about his visions for the film: “I remember when I was a kid out of the studios came the big event horror movies, ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘Alien,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘The Shining,’... It is my hope that this movie will be a tentpole movie [of that sort]. It has the scope of a Shackleton epic exploration movie but it’s full of tentacled things... It’s not hard to be faithful to Lovecraft because what is great about the novel is that it’s a compilation of really dry scientific annotations that happen to be annotating something really scary. There is no character or dramatic thread... You take those document and you then create a story. If you were [just rigidly faithful] you would be doing a National Geographic special on a crew that disappeared in an exploration mission." I know HELLBOY is a great fit, and THE HOBBIT ain't half bad either, but this is the project Del Toro needs to make. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is a novella by H.P. Lovecraft about William Dyer, whose Antarctic expedition encounters the very embodiment of fear.
Extra Tidbit: With Del Toro in charge, you know that embodiments of fear could be anything from midgets with eye balls on their palms, to burn victims with an arm where their nose should be, to Britney Spears naked and on fire running straight for you.
Source: MTV

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1:36AM on 02/03/2008

I'll ...

...happily see anything this man does. He hasn't let me down yet. Hellboy II is my #1 must see superhero movie this year (although I'll end up seeing the others too).
...happily see anything this man does. He hasn't let me down yet. Hellboy II is my #1 must see superhero movie this year (although I'll end up seeing the others too).
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4:11AM on 02/02/2008
I've liked everything Del Toro has done from The Devil's Backbone to the more recent Pan's Labyrinth. And since Hellboy's stories are very much Lovecraftian, in a comic book sort of way, and Del Toro did an excellent Hellboy movie (in my opinion), I'm anxious to see his take on ATMOM. He needs to work on this. The Hobbit would be cool (and, seriously, who's on board for the non-literary "in-between" movie?), but it's been a while since LOTR wrapped up so another year or three won't hurt it
I've liked everything Del Toro has done from The Devil's Backbone to the more recent Pan's Labyrinth. And since Hellboy's stories are very much Lovecraftian, in a comic book sort of way, and Del Toro did an excellent Hellboy movie (in my opinion), I'm anxious to see his take on ATMOM. He needs to work on this. The Hobbit would be cool (and, seriously, who's on board for the non-literary "in-between" movie?), but it's been a while since LOTR wrapped up so another year or three won't hurt it any.
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7:10PM on 02/01/2008

Damn it...

I have now made it my mission to make Del Toro my husband. I LOVE this man.
I have now made it my mission to make Del Toro my husband. I LOVE this man.
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4:34PM on 02/01/2008

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Well, I loved "Pan's Labyrinth," and it is, yes, a beautifully haunting film. But, again, I'd argue that story and character are not del Toro's strengths.

For example, many story points (like the bit about there being only one key) were telegraphed aggravatingly (almost insultingly so) far in advance.

And, as for character? Well, for example, considering how intelligent Ofelia was supposed to be, eating the Pale Man's food (after almost constant, repeated warnings not to do so) was

Well, I loved "Pan's Labyrinth," and it is, yes, a beautifully haunting film. But, again, I'd argue that story and character are not del Toro's strengths.

For example, many story points (like the bit about there being only one key) were telegraphed aggravatingly (almost insultingly so) far in advance.

And, as for character? Well, for example, considering how intelligent Ofelia was supposed to be, eating the Pale Man's food (after almost constant, repeated warnings not to do so) was annoyingly inconsistent. It's a classic example of someone in a horror movie doing something stupid (while the audience yells, "No, don't...!") just because the script said so.
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4:34PM on 02/01/2008

Remember Peter Jackson?

When Peter Jackson was announced as director of LORD OF THE RINGS he'd made a bunch of low-budget zombie flicks, a fucked-up puppet movie, and BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. Not exactly the most experienced director ever. Del Toro is brilliant, he just needs the right material to cut loose on.
When Peter Jackson was announced as director of LORD OF THE RINGS he'd made a bunch of low-budget zombie flicks, a fucked-up puppet movie, and BEAUTIFUL CREATURES. Not exactly the most experienced director ever. Del Toro is brilliant, he just needs the right material to cut loose on.
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4:04PM on 02/01/2008
Del Toro is one of my favorite directors, but I'm only saying that based on the one movie of his that I've seen: Pan's Labyrinth. If you can't see the pure beauty of that film or recognize the amazingly talented mind and hands that it came from, then I'd have to say that you're hopeless. I know we all have our own opinions of what makes a great movie but I would still have to say that you also need to rethink what a great movie is. Pan's Labyrinth is one of the most beautifully haunting and
Del Toro is one of my favorite directors, but I'm only saying that based on the one movie of his that I've seen: Pan's Labyrinth. If you can't see the pure beauty of that film or recognize the amazingly talented mind and hands that it came from, then I'd have to say that you're hopeless. I know we all have our own opinions of what makes a great movie but I would still have to say that you also need to rethink what a great movie is. Pan's Labyrinth is one of the most beautifully haunting and unforgettable films of this decade.

It wasn't just good visuals that made Pan's an amazing experience. It was the story and the direction as a whole. And also, dex14, you say "Hes hasnt made that many movies" as a reason not to "bow down" to the guy and that just makes no sense whatsoever. And what you follow that statement with does nothing to support it.
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3:33PM on 02/01/2008
I, too, think that del Toro is slightly overrated (personally, I prefer Cuaron, who has, I believe, a far deeper grasp of story and character).

That said, del Toro is still very talented...and I'd love for someone talented to do a decent (and non-camp) Lovecraft adaptation (seriously, why're Lovecraft adaptations invariably so %$#ing campy?).
I, too, think that del Toro is slightly overrated (personally, I prefer Cuaron, who has, I believe, a far deeper grasp of story and character).

That said, del Toro is still very talented...and I'd love for someone talented to do a decent (and non-camp) Lovecraft adaptation (seriously, why're Lovecraft adaptations invariably so %$#ing campy?).
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12:56PM on 02/01/2008
Why does everyone bow down to this guy? Hes hasnt made that many movies...just because they were visually good doesnt mean they were overall good movies.
Why does everyone bow down to this guy? Hes hasnt made that many movies...just because they were visually good doesnt mean they were overall good movies.
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12:48PM on 02/01/2008

MADNESS

This is what I want Del Toro to do. Not that fucking Hobbit double film. Though I'm in the minority I imagine. I didn't like Lord Of The Rings at all so I I have no desire to see the prequels.
This is what I want Del Toro to do. Not that fucking Hobbit double film. Though I'm in the minority I imagine. I didn't like Lord Of The Rings at all so I I have no desire to see the prequels.
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12:40PM on 02/01/2008
I do hope this gets made. Yeah, it would be cool for him to do "The Hobbit", but I'd rather have him get to this instead.
I do hope this gets made. Yeah, it would be cool for him to do "The Hobbit", but I'd rather have him get to this instead.
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