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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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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
... Prof. Bell
Jason Owens ... Prof. Quintana
D. Grigsby Poland ... Prof. Tutchton
... Inspector Legrasse
Barry Lynch ... Prof. Webb
Dan Novy ... Esquimaux Shaman / Nameless Cultist
Daryl Ball ... Officer Cassidy (as Daryl A. Ball)
... 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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$50,000 (estimated)
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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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The plot of the movie is set in the late 1920s. However, the map of Europe portrays the borders from 2005, when the movie was made. See more »

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This may be the most appropriate adaptation of an H. P. Lovecraft story ever!
27 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is my first review on IMDb. I was so pleasantly surprised (in such a twisted way) by this film that I felt almost obligated to comment on it.

I've always loved H. P. Lovecraft's stories and have read pretty much everything he produced. Unfortunately, his work must not translate well to film because most movies based on his stories are pretty regrettable. Many excellent and unique movies have incorporated elements and themes from his stories (The Ninth Gate, Cast a Deadly Spell, The Evil Dead movies, In The Mouth of Madness etc.), but many of those taken literally from his writings (The Dunwich Horror, Beyond The Wall of Sleep, The Curse, etc.) just don't work.

This film contains many elements that also generally don't work, at least for modern audiences. It's a silent movie filmed in black and white. The acting is consistent with old silent films or stage, with exaggerated expressions and movements and is even comical at times. It is clearly a very low budget affair with outmoded special effects. The strange thing is that all of this works very well with the story, making it perhaps the best screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story that I've seen to date.

Because of its format, TCOC takes a little patience but overall it's a lot of fun to watch and manages to build a fair amount of suspense and tension even as it amuses.


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