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The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 7 October 2005 (USA)
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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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Andrew Leman

Writers:

H.P. Lovecraft (short story), Sean Branney (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Foyer Matt Foyer ... The Man
John Bolen John Bolen ... The Listener
Ralph Lucas Ralph Lucas ... Professor Angell
Chad Fifer Chad Fifer ... Henry Wilcox
Susan Zucker Susan Zucker ... Landlady
Kalafatic Poole Kalafatic Poole ... Bartender
John Klemantaski ... Prof. Bell
Jason Owens Jason Owens ... Prof. Quintana
D. Grigsby Poland D. Grigsby Poland ... Prof. Tutchton
David Mersault ... Inspector Legrasse
Barry Lynch Barry Lynch ... Prof. Webb
Dan Novy Dan Novy ... Esquimaux Shaman / Nameless Cultist
Daryl Ball Daryl Ball ... Officer Cassidy (as Daryl A. Ball)
John Joly ... Sgt. Bacon
Jason Peterson 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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Not Rated

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Named an official selection of the feature competition at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival. 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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The Man: Before his death, my great-uncle asked me to be the executor of his estate... I went through his papers, intending to settle his affairs. My great-uncle had not been one to hold any interest in such non-scientific fancies as dreams. But I discovered his account of a phenomenon that began the First of March, 1925.
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Stunning little film
29 October 2006 | by kkippleSee all my reviews

Not since The Lord of the Rings trilogy have I seen a film that so perfectly captures the spirit of an author's work. Created by the HP Lovecraft Historical Society, The Call of Cthulhu is a delightful independent film that immediately proves two things:

1. One can never underestimate the devotion of crazed fans to their source material.

2. A 45 minute black and white silent feature film is more entertaining than 80% of what Hollywood has put out in the last year.

This movie just works. Setting it as a silent film was a stroke of genius, and the low budget effects are given a free pass -- one could almost believe this really WAS made in the 30s. The musical score is wonderful and the use of light and shadows grand. This movie is clearly a labor of love.

See the Call of Cthulhu. In an age of tepid remakes and pointless sequels, it may just restore your faith in film.


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$50,000 (estimated)
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