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Sound from the Deep (2017)

An international research group is searching natural resources from the Arctic Ocean. They pick up a strange underwater sound from far north, and start to follow it to the uncharted waters. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
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Eero Ojala Eero Ojala ... Mikael Aalto
Lasse Fagerström Lasse Fagerström ... Professor Norberg
Anastasia Trizna Anastasia Trizna ... Sofia
Mikael Andersson Mikael Andersson ... Captain Johanssen
Fabian Silén Fabian Silén ... 1st mate Ångstöm
Kristofer Gummerus Kristofer Gummerus ... the Interviewer (as Kris Gummerus)
Gabriela Rodriguez-Aflecht Gabriela Rodriguez-Aflecht ... Scientist
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An international research group is searching natural resources from the Arctic Ocean. They pick up a strange underwater sound from far north, and start to follow it to the uncharted waters. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

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On October 8th, 2017, this short won two awards at the 22nd annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon in Portland, Oregon. It won Best Short and the Audience Choice Award. Director Antti Laakso was there to accept both awards and commented that the film was made for this festival and made for this audience. See more »

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More of a proof a concept than a true film
17 March 2019 | by YdinSee all my reviews

Making of great movie is hard thing to a accomplish. The process of creating one manage that requires time, money and skill and an ability to make sacrifices in one aspect to benefit the whole whilst also managing the budget and the limited time you have to film paid actors is a taunting task. Often an impossible one and results in product that was not quite what the director envisioned due to too many restraints.

Not without merit, the writing and directing due of Joonas Allonen and Antti Laakso manage to create a fantastic setting and a premise for their H.P. Lovecraft inspired story that is respectful to the source of it's inspiration, going as far as adapting some of the wording in actors lines. Whether that was a smart move, remains another topic. Set in the arctic ocean 'Sound from the Deep' is a homage to "Call of Cthulhu" with aspects of other stories of Lovecraft written in. The elements displayed along with brief moments of being a proper story brings me hope that it was only the lack of of resources that shrunk this movie to it's length and quality and not the lack of talent, effort or passion of the writers and directors.

Unfortunately, the great ideas and glimmers of ingenious choices are washed away with many a cinematic sin, from pacing, editing, framing and inefficient use of lighting. The story itself rushes a good premise of an building paranoia and distrust while solving a mystery to a uninteresting jog through set pieces with little room for atmosphere or time to develop characters or events. The arctics deep dark nights and brighter than bright days aren't utilized for contrast although surely a great deal of eerie atmosphere could be pulled from the setting. The sound design is horrendous despite being in the title and subject of the movie, it is unimaginative and doesn't equally understand how to pull the audiences strings. Take for example the glorious sounds of the hull warping under the pressure of 'Das Boot', or the eerie creaking ever present on board the 'The Terror', how simple sounds create the backdrop of discomfort to scenes and you know this film desperately needed just that. Acting in this movie is probably worst things around: everybody is struggling with their thicker than stone accents parred with clunky dialogue that no human would speak with minimal acting skills or room to develop, It's hard to say what is intentional here, or if these people can act beyond dialogue reading but it doesn't serve the overall flow.

Overall, this isn't a real short film as much as it isn't a real film: It's student work, a proof of concept that pretends its a real short film. And quite honestly, for the parts I enjoyed: Being very Lovecraft, paranoia plot in a small ship, the waking up sequence, and how they used their cheap but appropriate effects, I do hope it gets picked up to be reworked into a full feature film with more talented and experience cast, production crew and others to guide it through. But as it is now, I can only recommend it for people to see out of curiosity.


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21 April 2017 (Finland) See more »

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