PACIFIC RIM-Call of Del Toro to the camera…

Very recently some of you may have, no I would think probably must have seen the honestly very impressive and epic film trailer to Guillermo del Toro’s new movie PACIFIC RIM. It has been some time since the very respected director of regularly visually and in narrative captivating movies, only having been producing a few horror and supernatural flicks for other lesser known directors and then the painfully aborted and highly anticipated movie projects which he was involved with for some time, including The Hobbit and some kind of adaptation or production of horror literature legend H.P.Lovecraft classic tales, specifically At the mountain’s of Madness.

Now here we have with the PACIFIC RIM movie trailer, something with does agreeably look most definitely very stunning and possibly one of the very best visual action/science fiction movies of 2013 but why did this movie come along and why did del Toro settle down in production of this and not the other projects?

I myself am very much a huge fan of Lovecraft tales, and to imagine some of them, especially …Mountains of Madness up on the big screen and executed successfully would be a fantastic thing, but right now could it realistically happen, given that it would very likely demand a very large budget, even with green screen and CGI involved?

There were such evident problematic pressures and drawn out issues connected to del Toro and his involvement with the production of The Hobbit, which with him eventually parting ways with it was probably all for the best even if it must have been a huge personal effort and drain of energy for a long time.

The Lovecraft project would very certainly be such a stunning thing to hope to see on screen in future, but I might guess that it could possibly also be a trouble with the producers and studios involved over the rating that it would need and the actual specific elements of visual horror and dread to be depicted. It is Lovecraft, and if made to match the stories, would have to suitably be extremely visually mind-blowing and incredibly terrifying. So how does a very large Hollywood studio make that and still make the budget back and more at box office? Lovecraft does not usually include nubile screaming young blonde girls being chased by masked villains, as with the popular and financially dependable SAW, or Friday 13th or Halloween franchises.

As for the PACIFIC RIM movie itself, I would really like to see it and it is definitely the kind of film that I am sure I will probably very much enjoy. Possibly resembling the kind of Godzilla movie that should be around these days- and could appear in near future- with a equally strong mix of satisfying gigantic sci-fi elements it really does at least appear to be one heck of a huge action adventure movie which could actual maybe hold our attention from beginning to the very end, which can not always to the case these days.

We would all very hope that there could be some chance of there being a HELLBOY 3 to hit cinema screens sometime-this just may not happen, but there still could be hope. In the meantime, with a movie as truly massive and epic in scale as PACIFIC RIM at least it shows that del Toro has not yet totally given up working on such huge, detailed and entertaining genre movies.


Writings, projects and other things…

I have been fairly quite here of late, sorry for that but mostly it is due to having to engage with the publisher of my new science fiction novel. The novel is called Orbital Kin and will hopefully now be out in 2013 at some time. It reflects some very classic science fiction but also relates to a modern world and time as well.

Then there has been my continuing short horror stories in KULTUR magazine. The series ALTERNA-DEAD has now ended, but I will be providing them with some individual horror tales for a short while now.

Also I am writing up some new short science fiction of various styles, and hope to get this out in various websites, e-zines, etc in the future.

Busy, creative times but it is certainly how I like things to be.


I got around to watching this very late night but different quirky little show last year, and now in the last month the second season has aired in the UK.

It was a bit of a gimmick, as it first was a kind of web series on the show channel site, but is certainly a very clever cult show which I am sure many are fascinated with.

The show in a way reworks a sort of Twilight Zone or Outer Limits style set-up of a mysterious man who offers people what ever they really desire but with a task that they must perform first. The jobs and tasks are often very dangerous, morally conflicting and hugely challenging to the individuals.

This second series, again followed the same pattern as the previous, though began to offer a few suggestions about the mysterious man at the Booth and why his is there, how and how he might be.

Not that this is the most important thing, as the show pulls in the viewer with the challenges and difficulties that meet the individuals.

This is a very low budget show, minimal sets, and only really people talking about events about to happen or that have just taken place. These are short half hour intense episodes, revealing tense drama, desire and desperate characters with struggles to face as the man writes his notes and listens.

We still know barely anything about the man in the booth, which is one of the great things. As they do this time just offer a few very subtle suggestion about his past, his character, it is thankfully still only enough to keep us very curious and anxious to know more. He could still be anyone or anything, and that is fine.

Thankfully it does seem to have been set up toward a third series, which would be excellent to see.

While we never see the individual characters act out their deeds, how they are described and discussed is in this series even more possibly disturbing and troubling.

This is a fascinating, very intelligent and playful little show which many should see and hopefully will continue to grow as a cult series.