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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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$50,000 (estimated)
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The book which the Man reads at the bedside of his dying uncle is an actual published work: "The Story of Atlantis & the Lost Lemuria" by W. Scott-Elliott (1894). 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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Easily the Best HPL Adaptation Ever
9 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We're not likely to ever get a project as faithful to the source material as we did with the HPLHS's incredible production of 'The Call of Cthulhu.' At least not out of Hollywood.

Making it a silent flick was a novel approach - especially when you consider that the Lovecraft story was written in 1926, when silent pictures hadn't quite yet come to the end of their glory days.

The performances are quite nice and are a little over the top - which is necessary for a silent movie since they're having to convey the emotion of the story with just their faces. Matt Foyer carries the movie along extremely well and I loved David Mersault's portrayal of Legrasse.

Amongst my friends I have three fellow Lovecraft lovers. I bought the DVD the day it was available at the HPLHS's site and as soon as it arrived we had a viewing party here at my apartment on the widescreen. Needless to say, everyone loved it.

Music is as important to any film - doubly so if that's a silent film. Chad Fifer, Ben Holbrook, Troy Sterling Nies and Nicholas Pavkovic turn in a thrilling score.

The DVD's also got some fantastic 'Behind the Scenes' bits that go into what it took to make the movie which is quite entertaining.

'The Call of Cthulhu' is fantastic, and I expect even more from the upcoming HPLHS take on 'The Whisperer in the Darkness.' Huzzah!


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