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Stuart Gordon Heads For The Borderland
Reanimator director eyes Hodgeson novel

20 July 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Bloody Disgusting

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Horror maestro Stuart Gordon is eyeing William Hope Hodgeson's classic horror novel The House on the Borderland as his next project, according to Bloody Disgusting.

Hodgeson's creepy tale, first published in 1908, straddles 19th Century and modern horror. It takes place in 1877 in an Irish fishing village, and sees two friends holidaying in a house that borders another dimension, and has pig-like monsters lurking around in the cellar.

It had a strong influence on Lovecraft, so it's no surprise that it would interest Gordon, who has practically built a career around film adaptations of dear old morose HP: the Reanimator series; From Beyond; Dagon; Castle Freak; and Dreams in the Witch House from the Masters of Horror series. He was recently attached to The Thing on the Doorstep, but that seems to have dropped off the radar.

A Borderland film could find itself on rather similar territory to the recently announced Don't Be Afraid of the Dark remake. But Gordon often hits problems getting his projects mounted, so the point may be rather moot. What happened to his projected Reanimator sequel with Herbert West operating on the US president, we should like to know? Watch this space...


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Kudos to Gordon for at least trying to adapt Lovecraft, and now Hodgson - but he's never managed to capture the shadowy sophistication of the master's work, quite often emptying pots of blood and lashings of sex into his low-budget efforts. I'm still waiting with baited breath for Del Toro to adapt "At the Mountains of Madness". I've read a number of William Hope Hodgson's brilliant stories, though I didn't find "Borderland" to be among the most compelling - his "Carnack More

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