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The Call of Cthulhu

H.P. Lovecraft tale comes to life on DVD By Stephen Schleicher

The Call of Cthulhu DVD Details
Summary:  When a man is asked to take care of his Great-Uncles estate, he has no idea of the cosmic horror he is about to uncover.  Through the tales found in his Great-Uncles belongings and his own trip around the world, the man eventually discovers The Great Old Ones and his own mental collapse.
Genre:  Horror
Audience:  H.P. Lovecraft fans, horror fans
DVD Release Date:  October 1, 2005
Distributor:  H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society
Director:  Andrew Leman
Writers:  H.P. Lovecraft,  Sean Branney
Starring:  Ramón Allen Jr., Leslie Baldwin, Daryl Ball, John Bolen, Aidan Branney, Andra Carlson, Michael Dalager, Erin Emmalee, Chia Evers, Matthew Q. Fahey, Chad Fifer, Matt Foyer, Bruce Graham, Kirsten Hageleit, Hannah Rose Jabaley, Ike E.Z. Jabaley, John Joly, J. David King, Daniel Kirsner, John Klemantaski, Jennifer Knighton, Chris Lackey, Carlos Linares, Ralph Lucas, Richard Lucas, Barry Lynch, Matthew Malcomson, David Mersault, Dan Novy, Steven O'Connor, Ryan Oliver, David Pavao, Kalafatic Poole, Jonathan Putnam, Aaron Vanek, Noah Wagner, Mona Weiss, Erika Zucker, Susan Zucker
Format: 4x3
Languages: Silent
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, German
Running Time: 47 minutes
Tag Line:  Cosmic horror!

The Story 5 of 5 Stars
This is one of the few faithful adaptations of H.P. Lovecrafts work.  One only needs to look at Re-animator, Dagon, and the Dunwich Horror to know that Hollywood has a hard time conveying the cosmic horror that is Lovecraft.  In the case of this movie, writer Sean Branney and director Andrew Leman do an excellent job of adapting the tale for the screen.

What makes this film a unique is the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (HPLHS) decided to make the film in the style of the period the story was originally released a silent film of the 1920s.  If Lovecrafts work had taken hold when it was originally released, it is quite possible a movie would have been made of it.  This is the approach the HPLHS took in making the film.  Being a silent film with title cards to convey dialogue ensures a close match to the master work.


The Call of Cthulhu is a difficult story to tell because it is narrated by the man who is telling the three different parts of the story via flashbacks from his great-uncles notes and documents.  It seems like a strange way to tell a tale, but the HPLHS used the flashbacks as chapters to tell the tale.

In the end, the story is well put together that conveys the creepiness of the piece.

 

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