A HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND Movie????


hobIt appears that a movie company, Luminous Speck Media Group, is attempting to do a film adaptation of Hodgson’s classic novel, THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND.  (Their homepage is shown at left.) Now, anyone who has read the novel will attest to the fact that it would be extremely difficult to film.  This might be why the website devoted to it hasn’t been updated in quite some time and the linked pages are either static or empty.  Attempts to contact them have been unanswered.  Perhaps someone out there might have more information on this strange project?

Hodgson has had a somewhat spotty record for media adaptations.  Where film and TV are concerned, only “The Voice in the Night” and two Carnacki stories have been adapted.  The Japanese film, MATANGO, (which we talked about here) was the only feature film adaptation of Hodgson’s stories.  The Carnacki stories were done for episodic television anthologies and are of spotty quality.  It is odd that more film companies haven’t embraced some of  Hodgson’s stories with their elements of horror, suspense and adventure.  Perhaps they are just waiting for the right creative people?

Advertisements

14 Comments

Filed under William Hope Hodgson

14 responses to “A HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND Movie????

  1. Pete

    please don’t! Sorry, guys, but that was horrible. And not in a good way.

  2. Anonymous

    Seems like that’s a pretty low end :adaptation” of HOBL…the screenwriter doesn’t appear to have written screenplay before, according to her site – and the director has done a few gory/slasher type cheap movies….I doubt justice will be done to the original book!

  3. Eric

    There’s also the odd music adaptation here and there.

    A few years back, some European composer calling himself Nostalgia released a concept album based on “House”; it was done in the style of score for a big-budget movie. Some tracks didn’t really work, but others were fantastic.

    Unless you get it used (and even then, it’s HARD to find), it’s no longer available. However, he DID release a remix album that’s still available on Amazon called “Echoes from the Borderland” that, in some ways, I think did a better job of capturing the essence of the book than the original did.

  4. Just curious..you mention that two Carnacki stories have been adapted for television. I am only aware of “The Horse of the Invisible” adaptation that was part of the “The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes” series. I have been looking for other adaptations but have been unable to find any. If you could point me toward the other that you mention I would be very grateful.

  5. Mickey

    “The House” would be difficult to shoot without dramatic changes of the original book material; “The Night Land” takes part in a strange and entirely dark enviroment; “The Ghost Pirates” would be definitely accused of plagiarizing “The Pirates of Carribean series”; so the path of the least resistance I see in “The Boats of Glen Cerrig” but there is a lot of similar movies with the caracters being in a strange and god-forgotten land.

    So the borttom line is, I do not believe some of the Hodgson’s pieces will be ever picturized (now I mean his four romances) which is maybe a luck for his fans because when one sees what movie adaptations some producers are capable of creating …

    • Eric

      I think the main problem with doing “The Night Land” would simply be how expensive it would be, considering how fantastic the setting is.

      I can see the problem you mentioned with “Ghost Pirates”, but I also think any film crew could easily downplay the similarities to the Disney movies.
      For one thing, it’s an entirely different story; while “Pirates of the Carribean” was a series of action films, “GP” is more of a mystery/suspense yarn.
      For another, the titular “Ghost Pirates” are vaguely described in the book. As such, a film crew could simply avoid any design that is remniscent of that skeletal look from “PotC”.

      As for a “House” adaptation, what dramatic changes do you personally think would have to be made?
      I think they would have to up the pace of the second half (and, for the same reasons as “Night Land”, some of the scenes would be really expensive to recreate) but could otherwise leave the story intact. Of course, there could be something that you thought of but I haven’t taken into consideration.

      So, while a bad adaptation is, sadly, very much in the realm of possibility, I think a good (or even a great) adaptation is doable.

      • Anonymous

        I think any dramatic changes in “House” would have to come from the relationship of the old recluse and his true love- “her” or “she”. His whole existence is based on the loss of her. It’s why he’s in the house, why he visits the “other world” or arena, the sea of silence, even the spheres that flow into the central sun. Who was this mystery lady? What was she to him? I wish Mr. Hodgson had clarified it a bit more.

      • I think any dramatic changes in “House” movie, would have to come from the relationship of the old recluse and his true love- “her” or “she”. His whole existence is based on the loss of her. It’s why he’s in the house, why he visits the “other world” or arena, the sea of silence, even the spheres that flow into the central sun. Who was this mystery lady? What was she to him? I wish Mr. Hodgson had clarified it a bit more.

  6. To be honest, I doubt if I will see a decent adaptation of either “House” or “The Night Land” in my lifetime.

    There’s no enough blood and gore in either one, so any adaptation will have to add in the required red stuff and slaughter. (see Lord of the Rings for an example)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s