H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos seems so perfect for film adaptation, but it’s consistently been either ignored, or completely botched. From awkward adaptations like Dagon to serving as the inspirations for Mike Mignola’s elder gods in Hellboy, we’ve never really seen the stories and creatures put to film.
Guillermo Del Toro is supposedly at work on a cinematic adaptation of At The Mountains Of Madness, one of Lovecraft’s most chilling and bizarre works (and that’s saying something), but in the interim, we have the Spanish film Inheritance Valdemar II: The Shadow Prohibited (La Herencia Valdemar II: La Sombra Prohibida) to keep us busy. It comes out at the end of this month in Spain, and will make its way to US shores later this year.Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting:
Luisa Llorente, a farm appraiser had the formidable task of going to evaluate the home of Lazarus Valdemar, has not heard from her. Two expeditions out in search: first Nicholas Tramel, detective hired by Maximilian Colvin, head of Inmoverance, company he works for Luisa and on the other coworkers Ana and Eduardo, who travel by car with the idea of join forces with the detective, but something happens…
Ignore the clumsy grammar — I’m guessing they got that via Google translator. At least, I hope so. Regardless, it’s a sequel to director José Luis Alemán’s own film, and it draws heavy inspiration from Lovecraft’s universe. The trailer is in Spanish and doesn’t have subtitles, but the money shot at the end makes it worthwhile. Just watch it. Trust me.