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The Call of Cthulhu

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

HP Lovecraft's most famous story.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Haunting labor of love tribute film.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The Call of Cthulhu is a rare homage to the silent era that delivers the mood and atmosphere with near perfection.

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The filmmakers themselves are generally paid not in dollars but in status among their fellow obsessives, which makes Call of Cthulhu truly a labor of love.

- Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I have have to say that I have not read Cthulhu, so this is coming from a completely fresh perspective. I'm speaking of the film on it's own merits and not as an analysis of it's adherence to the original story. I'll leave that to the Lovecraft Historical Society. This film is just as much a homage to the silent film era as it is a passionately made adaptation of the original Lovecraft story. And I feel that telling this story in the "silent film" format did just as much to create a great look and feel to the story as it did to soften some of the "dark edginess" that is quintessentially Lovecraft. I don't think it is possible to encapsulate that kind of darkness successfully in a genre that relies so heavily on over dramatic acting, make-up and music. You can not help but admire the passion in which this film was made. I felt it immediately and then upon watching some of the "extras" and hearing the details from those involved with getting this film made, my admiration grew exponentially. Well worth a watch if you are a fan of films and/or film making.

- RCCLBC, Wednesday, October 22, 2008

4 stars

I liked the idea to tie the production to the date of the story. The look and feel of a silent film is recaptured quite well, but the Cthulhu stop motion figue seems a little cheesy - but I can't really say for sure because it was hardly on screen. I think their interpretation of the 'cyclopean' architecture was pretty impressive too (particularly for low budget). However, be prepared to read, and if you like a great deal of action this may put you to sleep.

- newvogueravyn, Thursday, October 9, 2008

4 stars

Technically amazing and quite faithful to Lovecraft's original story. If you're a fan of silent films and/or H.P. Lovecraft then this is a must see, everyone else probably won't find much to be interested in.

- thefog1331, Thursday, January 3, 2008