It seems like just yesterday when we reviewed Bruce Brown’s awesome graphic novel, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom over on our sister site Horror Novel Reviews. The graphic novel was amazing, and seeing it make its way to the screen is no surprise to me. Brown is very good at what he does, and Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom is going to be a gorgeous and infectious film. You can bet on that.
Designed to cater to hardcore H.P. Lovecraft fans and those of us with kids that we’d love to properly introduce to the genre without traumatizing them, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom looks perfectly assembled and completely capable of winning families over. Just look at the trailer below, you’ll see that we’re not tossing hyperbole in your direction.
Sean Patrick O’Reilly directs in addition to handling the screenplay. Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Christopher Plummer (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun), Doug Bradley (Hellraiser) and Kiefer O’Reilly (Legends of Tomorrow) lend their voices to this super promising picture.
Look for Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom to arrive in Canada in October. Apparently Shout Factory will roll this one out on discs come September 27th for us ‘Muricans! That’s stellar news, as my early money says this is the greatest animated film since Frankenweenie.
Synopsis: Young Howard Lovecraft begins his adventure by going to the Butler Sanitarium with his mother to visit his father Winfield Lovecraft, a patient there who has been driven mad by something he’s done. Howard’s father goes into a spasm of paranoia and fear, begging his son to destroy a book that he should have never written. The boy doesn’t scream during the incident, but does go home with a small gift – a paper star made by his father. Once home, Howard’s curiosity is too much and he begins to read his father’s book. He’s drawn into a dark, cold world of magic and deceit. The book tells of a place – R’yleh – a “kingdom described as an unholy marriage of fairy tales and nightmares.” Unwittingly, the boy reads a few words written in the book in a strange language – and is sucked through a hole in the fabric of the universe. He meets a Deep One, Thu Thu Hmong, who initially tries to eat Howard but comes around after the boy saves the creature’s life. Howard, who fails to pronounce the…