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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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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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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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Essential viewing for Cthulhu fans
9 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

The Call of Cthulhu is one of Lovecrafts superb horror short stories. The action is set in the 1920's and this film does not change any details of the plot (at least as far as I can tell).

Films based on Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos are nearly always terrible. This is because modern horror films rely on gruesome shocks and all too familiar plots. Lovecraft's tales tend to be non linear (e.g. told in dream sequences or as pages from a diary and so on), and the monsters rarely make appearances. Turning 'The Call of Cthulhu' into a film is certainly no easy prospect - especially on a low budget.

The makers of this film have made a virtue out of a necessity. The home made quality of the special effects are charming. The film is presented in black and white and with no dialogue. This all helps to maintain as professional a standard as possible in this small scale production. Captions are provided to accompany the storytelling and the film has quite a striking soundtrack.

Most horror fans will find this film tedious and the special effects jerky (and sometimes home made). I enjoyed the quirky and inexpensive approach to the special effects used in this film and felt that the production imitated the techniques that may have been used in a vintage film or in a stage production.

A must see film for all real HP Lovecraft fans. Not for fans of gore-fests, or slick, expensive horror films.


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