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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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Professor Angell
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D. Grigsby Poland ...
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Prof. Webb
Dan Novy ...
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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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Artistic Masterpiece, and a Good Lovecraft Tale to Boot
24 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man inherits his great-uncle's papers and finds that his uncle had been investigating some strange occurrences surrounding a lost ship at sea and a man's exotic dreams. The nephew picks up the investigation where his uncle left off and is soon driven quite mad.

Let me say the obvious: this film is artistically a masterpiece beyond a doubt. The way the director decided to give it a 1920s feel with the picture quality (to match the time period) as well as making it something like a silent movie (none of the dialog is heard and only some of it appears written on a frame by itself) is awesome. Some people might rag on the picture for this technique or perhaps because it's not exactly like a 1920s picture, but I think it turned out well. Who wants an exact copy of the 1920s style? I'd just watch an older film then (like "Metropolis").

The story is also quite good, even if it is really simple and open-ended. I've heard people complain about plot holes, but I didn't notice any of that. I found a man who dreamed of Cthulhu and carved tablets, and another man who landed on an island with a Cthulhu cult actively trying to raise him. They interconnect, and if the viewer doesn't catch this they aren't paying attention (which is crucial when there's no words spoken).

I also felt the people behind this had a deep love and admiration for Lovecraft, which is essential. They nailed the outfits and the relics -- I couldn't imagine them any better than they appear in this film. I would have liked to see Miskatonic University rather than the university they chose, but I suppose there's the chance of overdoing it.

Really, if you like Lovecraft or artsy films, do check this one out. It's very short (less than an hour) so if you end up not liking it you're not really wasting time. I'm not sure how easy it is to come by; my source of videos is pretty impressive with the independent and rare films. But if you should come across this one, grab it. Definitely worth a watch.


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