Lovecraft film plot details leak, Cameron calls it a new Aliens

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

TempleofGhoul's Dejan Ognjanovic got his hands on a copy of Guillermo del Toro's script At the Mountains of Madness, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's novella of the same name. Based on his first impressions, the film is feels like "a Hellboy movie without Hellboy, with a light dose of Carpenter's The Thing. "

He basically sums up the entire plot in a few words saying that "It is a period piece: the frame story takes place in 1939, at the very beginning of World War II, but the bulk of the film is made up of a flashback narration by the last survivor of the previous expedition to the South Pole from 1930. In this version, it is somewhat simplified into: Scientists go to Antarctica, resurrect primaeval monsters, mayhem ensues."

Let's also not forget that before James Cameron begins his work on Avatar 2, he'll be producing this film, and he seems to be pretty excited about it. Here's what he recently had to say to Wired about it:

"It's going to be an epically scaled horror film, and we haven't seen anything like that in a really long time -- I guess since Aliens." He went on to say that "The thing about Lovecraft is he left a lot to the imagination. He never told you what they looked like. He managed to create a sense of creeping horror without specifics."

Based on Cameron's description, this movie sounds pretty friggin' awesome to us (the plot synopsis less so). There's no doubt that Avatar was a good film, but it never reached Aliens levels. Here's to hoping that Mountains can.

(via Cinematical, image from 123nonstop).