July 30, 2007

Beowulf Naked

What have they done to the saga of the misunderstood lonely neighborhood hairy forest giant and his cranky mom? Where has the Neandertaloid gone in this tale of a dying, soon-to-be extinct group of humanlike beings?

Coming this November, Beowulf is re-invented for the screen beyond the epic remembrances many of us share of this legend.


I really doubt the filmmakers have followed my line of thinking that Grendel was a surviving true giant, near Neandertal, or perhaps even a relict form of Homo heildelbergensis.

Nevertheless, the film is made in a fashion that makes it appear similar to 300 (out on DVD on July 31st), and mirrors that film’s artistic cinematic adventure but with dragons. There seems much to enjoy for fans of the genre. Angelina Jolie as the mother of Grendel may be more attractive that my imagined images of Grendel’s parent when I first read the tale, but nevermind my biases.

I’m not sure what the promise really is, but the promise this movie will be a financial success for the producers seems inescapable.

Released this last weekend, the trailer was shown at Comic-Con 2007:

What have they done with the epic tale of ancient Europe’s last Homo heildelbergensis? See the Grendel entry, The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, pages 86-87.

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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

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