Arkham Sanitarium Props!

•August 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

One of the perks you can get from supporting Arkham Sanitarium at IndieGoGo is a genuine, certified prop from the movie! Here’s a few of the items we’re making available to our contributors:

If you haven’t contributed yet, please consider it! Any and all contributions will help us make the most faithful H.P. Lovecraft movie seen yet!

Building a better R’lyeh – Part I

•July 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Whilst great Cthulhu himself won’t be making an appearance in Arkham Sanitarium, his watery grave features quite prominently.

How do you go about designing such a thing? R’lyeh is as mysterious as it is iconic and in attempting something like this on a small budget, any film runs the risk of disappointing the fans (and the film-makers).

There’s no ‘canon’ to follow in designing R’lyeh other than the words of H.P. Lovecraft himself – and HPL was big on creating atmosphere rather than detailing the specifics.

So what do we know about this forbidding and unearthly sunken city that rests at the bottom of the Pacific?

In Lovecraft’s classic tale, ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ we learn the following:

  • The coastline is of mud, ooze and “weedy Cyclopean masonry”
  • Cthulhu lies dreaming in a “monolith crowned citadel” of “dizzying height”
  • This citadel is built from massive “greenish stone blocks”
  • It features colossal “statues and bas-reliefs” of “stupefying identity”
  • It also exhibits “vast angles and stone surfaces” with “horrible images and hieroglyphs”
  • The geometry is “non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres”
  • Johansen’s men climb “titan oozy blocks which could have been no mortal staircase”
  • On the monolith is an “immense carved door with the now familiar squid-dragon bas-relief”

As we’re creating a faithful adaptation of Lovecraft, these above descriptions have to be our starting point – but where next? There’s some very nice artwork out there already for R’lyeh but nothing that really works for me in the context of Lovecraft’s story and what we want to show in Arkham Sanitarium.

I’ve got two specific ideas in mind for the styling of this legendary necropolis – in Part II you’ll see how these ideas come together but for now, here’s a couple of pictures (courtesy of Wikipedia) to give a glimpse of what’s to come…

Arkham Sanitarium Teaser Trailer!

•July 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We’ve just launched our campaign over at IndieGoGo! In order to finish the post-production for the movie we need to raise some more finance – please help us complete H.P. Lovecraft’s Arkham Sanitarium by either contributing or by spreading the word about the film!

Contributors get great perks including posters, props from the movie and access to an exclusive area of this website with behind the scenes material, work-in-progress visual FX, and notes and articles by the director! In addition, everyone that contributes towards the film with be entered into a draw to win the director’s journal – a one-of-a-kind souvenir of the the making of the film!

Interview with the director of Arkham Sanitarium on Twitch!

•July 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The teaser trailer for Arkham Sanitarium is now available  for viewing at!

Also, an interview with the director and details of Survivor Films’ IndieGoGo campaign for Arkham Sanitarium!

More stills! The Shunned House…

•June 4, 2011 • 2 Comments

Our scheduled four weeks of filming is nearly at an end! Just one more day to go then we’ll be reviewing the footage shot for Arkham Sanitarium and planning any reshoots before starting the editing and post-production. As always, many thanks to our talented cast and crew without whom this movie simply would not be possible!

More pics to come after we’ve finished filming tomorrow but in the meantime, here’s Tom Stanley as Phillip Whipple and Adam Thomas Wright as Young Phillip in ‘The Shunned House’.

New stills from Arkham Sanitarium!

•May 29, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We’re three weeks into filming with one week remaining – here we have Ephraim Waite (Bruce Gibbons), Phillip Whipple (Tom Stanley), Elihu Whipple (Allan McKenna), Doctor West (Anthony Clegg) and Alice Crow (Zoe Simpson). Many thanks to our wonderful cast and crew for the incredible work they’ve been doing – we couldn’t do this without you!

More stills! The Haunter of the Dark…

•May 22, 2011 • 3 Comments

Dan McSherry as Robert Harrison Blake

First production stills!

•May 14, 2011 • 2 Comments

Filming began on Arkham Sanitarium on Friday 13th of May! Here’s our first production stills of Daniel Upton (Paul Maclaine), Edward Pickman Derby (Edward Lewis French), Asenath Waite (Lexi Wolfe) and Doctor West (Anthony Clegg) from ‘The Thing on the Doorstep’.

Meet the cast – part 2

•April 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Photos from the script read-through

From left to right: Paul Maclaine (Daniel Upton), Edward Lewis French (Edward Derby), Lexi Wolfe (Asenath Waite), Dan McSherry (Robert Blake), Colin Appleby (Ambrose Dexter), Allan McKenna (Elihu Whipple), Tom Stanley (Phillip Whipple)

Random props…

•April 19, 2011 • 1 Comment

Just a few of the random things we’ve acquired for the film…