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28 August 2008 @ 09:51 pm
Film at 11: Welcome to the Hellmouth  

Archaeologists Find Mayan Hell; Provide Plot of Mummy IV



It's like some kind of pulp adventure tale: deep in the Yucatan jungles, there's a flooded cave complex that the Mayans believed was the entrance to the Afterlife, Xibalba. Scuba divers have, slowly and carefully, explored the caverns and found vast, air-filled chambers filled with temples.

This is right out of Call of Cthulhu -- and I don't mean that in a good way. I mean that in a "Do Not Call Up What You Cannot Put Down" way.

It's cool, yes... but pretty damned creepy. I mean, we're talkin' LifeGems level creepy. The Mayan afterlife is not a happy place; "Xibalba" means "Place of Fear".

We're talking Hell itself, people. They've found Hell. This is not the start of any happy movie; Brendan Fraser wisecracks are the best we can look forward to here.

If I were given to Omens and Revelations....

EDIT: halfelf reminded me that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012!

Okay, now I'm really creeped out.

Found via BoingBoing.
Coincidentally, I spent the morning reading pages at http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/ -- also found via BoingBoing.

 
 
I feel: scaredfreaked out
 
 
 
Araquan Skytracer: Broadcastaraquan on August 29th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
I don't know, I could see an Indiana Jones movie coming out of this too, somehow.

But yes, if I was one of those divers and came up into a temple-filled air pocket, I'd be like, "Oh shiiiiiiiiiit..."
Hydrahydra_velsen on August 29th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
You know, every now and then something comes up that we should really just leave alone because it reeks of UNIMAGINABLE ELDER EVIL. Tutenkhamen's tomb, the grooved spheres, and a few other choice morsels. I think this one needs a heavy stone door and a titanium lock on it.
Curious Coonhalfelf on August 29th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
I can just see it now... someone accidentally touches or leans on something, setting off an internal stone clock that is set to go off in... oh, let's say 4 years. A nice round number like 2012. >.>
Cheat Thee, Sir Owl?soreth on August 29th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
I would start a Call of Cthulhu campaign in almost precisely this way. I'm halfway spooked. o..o
Pakapaka on August 29th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Whoa, uncanny, since only the other day I got hold of a copy of the Popol Vuh.
Rakeesh Sorrelrakeesh on August 29th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
It's okay Athelind. :o
They won't summon squidface.....they're summong a giant feathery snake with wings!
Paul Gadzikowskiscarfman on August 29th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)

I saw that episode of Star Trek. It was a cartoon one.

Your Obedient Serpentathelind on August 29th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm busy that weekend.
KehzaFox: pleasedkfops on September 5th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
It must be hard to keep up with all those party bookings!
Drakedrakegrey on August 29th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
"Unsettling" hardly covers it.

I'm heading to New York and the Natural History museum. I need to... Borrow a few things.

Meet me in Mexico City and we'll take it from there. You know what we need to do.