cthulhu_and_rlyeh

By Travis Martin

@tjpm1994

2/18/2016

One of the greatest things about horror films is the fact that there are so many different creatures to choose from.

From masked psychos like Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers, to the ghosts of The Shining there seems to be a horror film for everyone. And that notion becomes even clearer when it comes to the supernatural…From Dracula to Frankenstein to The Wolfman, it seems that hollywood has left no stone unturned.

However, despite this diversity there is still one major outlet that has yet to be fully explored in the cinema: Lovecraftian horror.

This is especially true in regards to one of Lovecraft’s most famous characters, Cthulhu Mythos. While many comics and video games have already taken on Cthulhu, no major film has directly directly adapted this, or any other, work from author H.P. Lovecraft.

Considering the striking visualizations Lovecraft provides of Cthulhu and other his other monsters, one can only wonder why these stories haven’t had their own film adaptations yet.

In fact, in the right hands, thees monsters would make for great features. Lovecraft’s overarching theme of fearing the unknown would be perfect for the silver screen.

Numerous films, such as “Hellboy” and “Hellraiser,“have been inspired by Lovecraftian monsters, but there has never been a true adaption of any Lovecraft stories, no less one that fully embraces the ideas of Cthulhu and the Great Old Ones.

I would love to see an adaption where the creatures are done justice, and frankly, the Cthulhu Mythos deserves to have its chance for a big screen adaption.

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