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While sorting the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of dark secrets connected to an ancient horror waiting to be freed.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Foyer ...
The Man
John Bolen ...
The Listener
Ralph Lucas ...
Professor Angell
Chad Fifer ...
Henry Wilcox
Susan Zucker ...
Landlady
Kalafatic Poole ...
Bartender
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Prof. Bell
Jason Owens ...
Prof. Quintana
D. Grigsby Poland ...
Prof. Tutchton
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Inspector Legrasse
Barry Lynch ...
Prof. Webb
Dan Novy ...
Esquimaux Shaman / Nameless Cultist
Daryl Ball ...
Officer Cassidy (as Daryl A. Ball)
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Sgt. Bacon
Jason Peterson ...
Officer Stanton
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A faithful rendition of H.P. Lovecraft's short story, presented in the style of a silent film from the 1920s. While organizing the affairs of his late Uncle, a man accidentally stumbles across a series of clues toward an ancient horror lurking beneath the sea, waiting for the time when the "Stars are Right" and it shall be free to wreck havoc upon mankind. In his investigation he learns of an artist influenced by strange dreams, a police officer discovering an ancient cult worshiping "Great Cthulhu" and ultimately a tale of sailors encountering sanity-shattering horror as they discover Cthulhu himself. Written by John Hitchcock

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7 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Cthulhu hívása  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Named an official selection of the feature competition at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival. See more »

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During the escape from the island by 2nd Mate Johansen and the other sailor (the only two surviving crew), Johansen is seen piloting the vessel, using throttles such as are only used on boats with a bell system, with the vessel responding immediately to the changes he makes in the wheelhouse. However, a bell system necessitates that another person manually throttle the engines from below decks, responding to chimes triggered by the throttles in the wheelhouse. Despite this, both survivors are seen in the wheelhouse at the same time during these changes, and it is indicated that only Johansen and (the corpse of) the other crew member were recovered from the ship. See more »

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The first real Lovecraft adaption
26 August 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

"Call of Cthulhu" is the first real adaption of a Lovecraft story. It was made by amateurs with a very low budget, but they managed to produce a great movie that is better then many professional productions. It is made up as a silent movie in black&white. Usually I don't like retro-fakes, but it works perfect in this movie. There are some little mistakes that reveal it is a post.modern film; for example some cars in the background that were built in the 1930s. Another example is the the VanGogh-jigsaw; it is rather unusual for a 1920s movie to show the work of a classic modern painter. Nevertheless, some of the people (including a professor) thought it was indeed a film from the 1920s as I showed them the movie without explanation. As you see from the examples above, the anachronisms in this movie aren't to serious to spoil the fun. The scenes in the swamp and in R'lyeh are superb. There are no boring and stereotype computer-effects that you would find in every mainstream-production today. It is very difficult to make the appearance of Cthulhu not look like a scene from a video game, but the HPLS-team was able to avoid that. The dreamlike atmosphere is caught well. The acting is quite capable for amateurs; probably better then some over payed "actors" in other productions. Especially Noah Wagner as captain gives a great performance. "Call of Cthulhu" deserves a 10 of 10. It is a shame that some people try to put this great movie down with fake reviews. If the spilling-connection has to run a smear campaign against a great fan-movie to advertise their own product, they must be selling a real stinker.


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