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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

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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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cthulhu hívása See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$50,000 (estimated)
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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A Classic tale teated in a classic manner
29 December 2007 | by eahazell42-1See all my reviews

It seems that too many people have little or no appreciation for the art of film making and its history. Being a huge Lovecraft fan and been very disappointed in just about every film adaptation of his works I skeptically found this gem a refreshing change. What could have been its down fall make sit work. Of course those jaded folks who need their horror served up with heaps of blood, guts and slick CGI effects are in for a disappointment. The effects are what they are but even a stop motion of Mighty Cthulhu and classic film tricks don't take away from the challenge, a film adaptation of Lovecraft that is true, this is it. It should appeal to those of high intellect who read the works of Lovecraft in spite of the many short comings in literary style ( I love the themes but how many times can a man us "cyclopean" or "unspeakable, unnamable" "eldritch" "ichor" laden horrors and in every tale?) Better writers then me have noted that his style is ponderous yet his influence and contributions to his genre cannot be missed. Mighty Cthulhu rises from his cold deathless sleep and moves to steal mankind's soul and sanity in a film adaptation that will give a fan of the master a true tale and a good initiation to the novice of the shapes horrors that creep in unnatural geometric chasms between the depths of distant stars gnawing away at the worlds end!! So a silent film made to seem as if it was made in the time of the tale, a vehicle to keep cost down and yet disguise what could be cheesy effects into a subtle nod to the greats such as mighty Kong in all his claymation glory and Harryhausen with all his twisted vision: Cthulhu Lives in this great little treat!!


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