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Return to Innsmouth (1999)

A young graduate student must decide his own fate when he discovers he is related to a race of monsters. Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft.



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Credited cast:
Ezra Hubbard ...
Robert Olmstead
Larry Curwen ...
Lawrence Marsh
Edgar Reynolds ...
Zadok Allen
Paul Palazzolo ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harris Berg ...
Rick Crowell ...
Axe Man
Tim Henwood ...
Innsmouth Follower
Andrew Migliore ...
Jim 'Roz' Rosling ...
Jack Stoll ...


Miskatonic graduate student Robert Olmstead (Ezra Hubbard) stumbles upon the ancient, evil-shrouded town of Innsmouth. The village is not on any maps, and they do not take kindly to strangers. But Robert's different...he's blood. As he learns the town's secret history, he discovers that having the 'taint' of Innsmouth blood is a curse. One that is slowly transforming him into a monstrous, immortal slave beholden to ancient, alien gods. Robert must make the ultimate decision as the past rises up to consume the present and change him...forever. Written by Anonymous

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The last two lines of the end credits are in a glyph font designed by Larry Loc. It translates as 'Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh w'gah ngai fhtagn.' See more »

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Creepy as Hell
19 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Aaron Vanek tackles a huge story and succeeds admirably. His choice of period setting, subtle make-up F/X, and haunting score are all wonderful. The acting, especially by the two leads is great.

While in many respects not as successful as his follow up, The Yellow Sign, this is a real monster of a film. Very few indie directors would think of trying to adapt Lovecraft's "Shadow Over Innsmouth", but Aaron accepts the challenge and uses an approach that keeps the tension high throughout the film.

There are at least two more adaptations of this story available to rent (Stuart Gordon's Dagon (2002) being the best known), but there is a quality to Aaron's that makes his the superior version. I say buy it and see for yourself!

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