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Cthulhu (2007)

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A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has... See full summary »

Director:

Dan Gildark (as Daniel Gildark)

Writers:

Grant Cogswell (screenplay), Grant Cogswell (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Cottle ... Russell Marsh
Casey Curran Casey Curran ... Club Kid
Ethan Atkinson Ethan Atkinson ... SUV Driver
Patrick McKnight Patrick McKnight ... SUV Passenger
Cara Buono ... Dannie Marsh
Dennis Kleinsmith ... Reverend Marsh
Joe Shapiro ... Barnes
Ruby Wood Ruby Wood ... Girl on Stairs
Hunter Stroud Hunter Stroud ... Teen Russ
Keifer Grimm ... Teen Mike (as Kiefer Grimm)
Rob Hamm Rob Hamm ... Jake
Scott Patrick Green Scott Patrick Green ... Mike (as Scott Green)
Nancy Stark Nancy Stark ... Aunt Josie
Tom Prince Tom Prince ... Bartender
Richard Garfield Richard Garfield ... Zadok
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Storyline

A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has a long-awaited tryst. Caught in an accelerating series of events, he discovers aspects of his father's New Age cult which take on a dangerous and apocalyptic significance. Written by Grant Cogswell

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Taglines:

Welcome home...to the end of the world.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality, nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ктулху See more »

Filming Locations:

Astoria, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,438, 22 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,213, 23 November 2008
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

About 50 minutes into the film, when Russell is browsing through microfilms, the name of one of the persons on the news clippings is Howard Phillips - an obvious nod at Lovecraft. See more »

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Jimmy Hudnall receives screen credit for "Asskicking." See more »

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Version of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (2005) See more »

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A beyond decent first film
27 July 2007 | by helltopo-1See all my reviews

Seems opinions are very extreme when it comes to this film. And I also overheard conversations after the films showing at SIFF in which people said they'd have to think about the film before they offered an opinion on it.

Maybe it's just me, but that seems to be an indication of good art. If people are thinking about it, talking about it, even arguing about it, it's left a far greater impression than a film that mindlessly entertains. And I am of the opinion that "Cthulhu" provides both cerebral and visceral fun.

Yes, the film takes some liberties with Lovecraft's work. Yes, maybe the title "Cthulhu" is a tad non-sequitur in a film that's actually about Dagon. These are minor complaints at best. The film is extremely well-made, funny, and surprisingly scary in parts (underground tunnel, anyone?). Jason Cottle and Tori Spelling are great (you heard me right), as is the fellow who played Tori's wheelchair-bound husband. The script is engaging and, refreshingly, the politics of the "anti-Bush" agenda are subtle, and there only if you want them. The story is the thing here, and that's what Cogswell and Gildark focus on. "Cthulhu" is a fragile, volatile coming home story first, an apocalyptic horror tale second, and thirdly, a blackly humorous metaphor for the regime that's currently choking the life out of the world. The Grand "Old One" Party, indeed.


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