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The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

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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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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$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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The plot of the movie is set in the late 1920s. However, the map of Europe portrays the borders from 2005, when the movie was made. See more »

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Strange Eons...
4 August 2006 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is, without a doubt, the most amazing adaptation of HP Lovecraft's work to the screen that I have ever seen. Bar none. The only modern film that even comes close to capturing the feeling induced by HPL at his best is IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, and even that has its failings.

The key, here, then, is atmosphere. I mean, CALL OF CTHULHU is unquestionably true to the source material, but other adaptations have tried that (though not very hard) and failed. What makes this work is the filmmakers' decision to place it in the cultural idiom of Lovecraft's era - to portray it as one imagines Lovecraft envisioned it in the writing.

So we have a 45 minute feature (short, but still officially feature-length for the era), in black & white, silent, with a classic score. It begins in menace and builds to madness. There is an aura of foreboding in this film missing in just about any "later" feature you can name - and it never lets up. Even Hitchcock provided moments for his audience to breathe and unclench until the next sequence. Every moment of CALL OF CTHULHU is fraught with the notion that something terrible is about to happen, that there are "worse things waiting".

Stephen King has voiced the opinion that, after so much build up, the storyteller MUST show his readers/audience/victims the monster. This is debatable. CALL OF CTHULHU shows us the monster - in a fashion. The filmmakers take their lesson from the true masters of horror and suspense: Boris Karloff, among others, always assured us that the audience can do ten-times worse things in their imagination that anything that could be accomplished in full view. Here, we are shown just enough of the titular beast to provide fodder for our imagination, and it does not well serve one to linger too long on visualizing the Great Cthulhu in all his mind-shattering detail! My only complaints are that, first, some of the actors read as a bit modern in their appearance; but this is very infrequent, negligibly so, and the acting more than compensates. Second, the idols/statues - one is practically an art-deco rendering, and too slick for my tastes, while the other (lumpen, tribal and highly suggestive) is only briefly glimpsed. Third... well, the movie is too danged short! It covers the entire content of the story, is nicely and tightly produced and never really misses a beat. I just wanted more, dagnabit, which I suppose is more tribute than complaint.

If these folks produce another of Lovecarft's visions, if I can't be a part of the production, rest assured that I will certainly be near the front of the line to see it. Find it, buy it, see it, love it - for Lovecraft fans and aficionados, this is vindication at last!


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