Post by David A. Riley on Feb 25, 2010 14:44:25 GMT
I agree about the village locations, etc., they did look good. Far better and more realistic than in the original. A pity about the script and the actors!
Yes, this father-son obsession that Hollywood seems to have is annoying. Even in the original, back in 1940, they changed the script during production to make Lon Chaney Claude Raines' son, when originally he was just a technician called in to install the telescope. (It was more than just a bit of a stretch of credibility to see Raines as Chaney's father!)
Even so, that was nothing like the travesty in the update. And why did they have to throw in that about Larry being a stage actor in London? Added nothing to the story and, judging by the character's behaviour, even less credible than much else that went on.
I don't think anyone has done a halfway decent film of any of these iconic characters since Hammer. The Wolfman makes Oliver Reeds' werewolf look even better by comparison. Which is another film I must rewatch soon. Thank God for DVDs!
Post by Craig Herbertson on Feb 25, 2010 16:35:40 GMT
Can't remember what its called now but I used to stop regularly at the filming location in - was it Worsley - in greater Manchester and have a look at the 'village'. Its a little meadow with a row of those appealing little English buildings we know and love - plenty of room for burning the witch on the common too.
I received my copy from amazon and enjoyed it very much. But I'm also a huge Ramsey Campbell and REH fan and enjoyed the Sword&Sorcery stories Mr. Campbell published in the "Swords against Darkness" series back when I was in High School. Sadly I never had the chance to read his other SK stories. I'm also looking forward to the film. I'm fairly active the REH board and some of the guys (and gals) take REH VERY SERIOUSLY. If you want to see what I mean just go on over and post a message mentioning how much you enjoy all the Conan stories written by DeCamp and Carter. Believe me, hilarity will ensue! LOL It's a great board though. Just like this one. take care and enjoy the Easter weekend. Doug
and some of the guys (and gals) take REH VERY SERIOUSLY.
Lol. You are right. Now and then I visit them and frankly sometimes their zeal isn´t funny any longer. I am also not a big friend of DeCamp or Carter´s contribution, but the armchair villification of them is a bit much.
As of the current discussion of all things Howard, here is the german edition of Mr Campbell´s Kane stories where he completed the Howard fragments.
Robert E. Howard and Ramsey Campbell - Die Krieger von Assur (Warrior of Assur)
Pabel Verlag, 1982, Terra Fantasy 93 - The Children of Assur and other Stories
The Road of Azrael Robert E. Howard The Castle of the Devil Robert E. Howard and Ramsey Campbell Hawk of Basti Robert E. Howard and Ramsey Campbell The Children of Assur Robert E. Howard and Ramsey Campbell The Return of Sir Richard Grenville poem Robert E. Howard
This is one of those books were the publication history is a bit difficult to verify. It seems that Mr Campbell´s contribution first were published in 1978/79 in Bantam´s Solomon Kane edition. The "Children of Assur and other stories" is likely a fabricifation of the german editor.
Therefore the inclusion of one of Howard´s historical crusader stories, which has nothing whatsoever to do with Kane. Surely mostly done for length as the Terra Fantasy books was part of a monthly edition for the newsstand market and had to have 160 pages. There seems to be no foreign edition of this. But maybe I just didn´t find it.