Early CGI Test Reel Drops From ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’

by Jayson Drury

A peek at what could yet be?

Acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been trying for what seems forever to adapt H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness to the big screen, but hasn’t succeeded yet. But now, fans can at least get a glimpse of what could have been–and perhaps what’s to come one day.

The director recently took to Instagram to share an early CGI test reel he made with LucasFilm’s Industrial Light and Magic. The post–seen on this page–shows off the concept for one of the story’s grotesque monstrosities.


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At the Mountains of Madness–first published in Outstanding Stories over a three-issue span way back in 1936–follows William Dyer, a professor at Miskatonic University, as he joins explorers traveling to a remote location in Antarctica–where they uncover dark secrets, the remains of ancient wildlife and terrifying monsters beyond comprehension.

As del Toro explained in a podcast interview he held, “The thing with Mountains is the screenplay I co-wrote 15 years ago is not the screenplay I would do now, so I need to do a rewrite. I would need to scale it down because, back then, I was trying to use elements that were made to go through the studio machinery.”

And, del Toro added, “I don’t think I need to reconcile that anymore. I can go to a far more esoteric, weirder, smaller version. I feel like going in a weirder direction, a few things will stay. I know the ending we have is one of the most intriguing, weird, unsettling endings.”

So, with all that being said, what does the future hold for a del Toro version of At the Mountains of Madness? Stay tuned–and keep reading Horror News Network for the latest updates.


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