A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has...
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Dan Upton is concerned about the influence of a young woman upon his friend Edward Derby. While a series of dismemberment killings in Arkham seems to be linked to a Cthulhu cult in nearby Innsmouth and Dunwich.
Written in 1931, H.P. Lovecraft's iconic genre-bending tale of suspense and alien terrors is brought to life in the style of the classic horror films of the 1930s like Frankenstein... See full synopsis »
When a virginal artist falls in love with a call girl, she turns out to be the chosen bride of the alien god Cthulhu. To save her, he must stop an ancient cult from summoning their god and destroying mankind.
David Phillip Carollo,
Nicolette le Faye
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Insane asylums, shallow graves and magick of the blackest kind. Maelstrom Productions' newest project is an updated but faithful adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep". ... See full summary »
Based on the short story 'The Testimony of Randolph Carter' By H.P. Lovecraft. This faithful adaptation of "The Statement of Randolph Carter" tells the strange story of the demise of occultist Harley Warren.
A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has a long-awaited tryst. Caught in an accelerating series of events, he discovers aspects of his father's New Age cult which take on a dangerous and apocalyptic significance. Written by
Some reviewers have complained that the plot of this movie bears little resemblance to Lovecraft's original story, and perhaps they're right. In a sense, the film-makers might have done better to call it something different -- then maybe the same folks would be congratulating themselves on spotting all the Lovecraft references, rather than moaning that there weren't enough of them. In terms of plot, it merely hints at Lovecraft; it isn't -- and I venture to suggest -- isn't intended to be an adaptation.
In terms of atmosphere, however, it's spot-on. The characters are weird, conflicted, and highly-strung, just as Lovecraft's typically are. There's not a lot of comic relief, and you can tell from the start things are going to end strangely, and unhappily. The film's presentation of a decayed, decadent sea-port is a good match for Lovecraft's, despite being set in a different era.
Making the main character gay was an inspired idea. The only human intimacy in the whole movie is between men, and that's still sufficiently unusual in mainstream cinema to be slightly shocking -- as, I imagine, Lovecraft's thinly-veiled references to sexuality would have been shocking to his own readers.
I would have rated this film more highly if it had been technically more competent. I appreciate that it's a low-budget offering, but in some places the dialogue cannot be heard over the background music, and some scenes are so badly-lit that it was hard to figure out what was happening.
If you expect Cthulhu to be a faithful adaptation of Lovecraft, you'll be disappointed. Viewing it as a weird, intense, story of unhappy people in a run-down town, loosely inspired by Lovecraft's prose and characters, is a whole lot more rewarding.
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