Adaptations of the work of H.P. Lovecraft have always been difficult to get right.
The classic work of the author is often full of lengthy but vague descriptions of beasts and dreams, and all very open to the interpretation of the reader.
Although Stuart Gordon had some success in the 1980’s bringing Lovecraftian stories like “Re-animator”, “From Beyond”, and “Dagon” to the big screen, he twisted them into more of tongue-in-cheek horror comedies. Recently, even big names like Guillermo Del Toro have tried and failed to adapt the work of Lovecraft to film.
Now, director Huan Vu has decided to tackle the mythology of Lovecraft with a new project that is as wide in scope as a Lovecraft adaptation should be. The director’s successful adaptation of “The Colour Out Of Space” in his 2010 film “Die Farbe” was called “One of the best and most ambitious Lovecraft adaptations ever made” by Twitch Film, and can be seen in it’s entirety here.
The idea for this new film is to bring to the screen a coherent adaptation of certain collected works of the author known as the “Dream Cycle”. The Dream Cycle is understood to mean all of Lovecraft’s stories that pertain either directly or indirectly with the Dreamlands.
A daunting task, as it is thought that Lovecraft himself never saw these stories as part of an interconnected narrative, though many of his stories have some connection with the Dreamlands. The stories involving the Dreamlands were some of Lovecraft’s more esoteric works, including (but not limited to) “Polaris”, “The Other Gods”, “The Strange High House In The Mist”, and “Through The Gates Of The Silver Key”.
The story for Dreamlands goes like this :
Roland, a troubled young orphan, is led by a mysterious old man into another world. This is a world that has been created over thousands of years by the Earth’s greatest dreamers while they slept. In this world the old man reigns as king and hopes to train and guide Roland to be his successor.
Unfortunately Roland can not overcome the dark shadows that weigh upon him and he is forced to decide whether he will use his abilities to enlarge the Dreamlands or to destroy what others have already created.
Below is a teaser for this new project, known only as “Dreamlands” at this point, which will hopefully capture the scope of wonder and horror inherent in the classic works of the author!