Some time in the very early '80s, when I was really getting into H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, I bought a back issue (not sure of its date) of “Heavy Metal Magazine,” a “Special H.P. Lovecraft Issue.” One of the articles mentioned that a new movie was in production, to be called “Cry of Cthulhu.”
And then I never heard anything about the movie after that. Does anyone know what happened to the project? Why it died? Whether it might, possibly, someday be resurrected? ("That is not dead which can eternal lie . . . ")
I only ask because I’ve seen a few screen treatments of Lovecraft’s horror fiction and I’ve never been entirely satisfied. The best effort so far was the recent “Dagon,” and even that took too many liberties with the basic premises of “Shadow Over Innsmouth.” What I want to see is something as faithful as possible to the spirit of the original – e.g., a story set in the 1930s, where all the protagonists are creepy New England shabby-gentry like Henry Armitage and Randolph Carter – and the theme of racial prejudice = fear of humanoid hybrid monsters really comes across, the way HPL himself would have done it, fuck the PC police – and there’s no soppy sex or romance or ordinary emotional interaction between human beings. Something really HPL! I have no idea whether “Cry of Cthulhu” would have been like that.