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The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

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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

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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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 HPLHS Motion Pictures logo shows the Latin motto "Ludo Fore Putavimus", which means "We thought it would be fun". See more »

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Version of The Cthulhu Chronicles: The Ropes (2004) See more »

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Best Lovecraft movie ever... and it's mute!
31 January 2008 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

This is the best adaptation of any H.P. Lovecraft movie ever made, either by fans or big studio. It's a silent movie, done in a style that makes it look almost as if truly made long years ago.

The script comes directly from the Call of Cthulhu story, with virtually no alterations whatsoever.

It has been done to look as an old movie (from the times when Lovecraft was alive), so the F/X department are appropriately rudimentary or done in modern media to replicate the original ones.

Direct influences to the style are Metropolis, Faust, and Nosferatu; 3 great silent movies.


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