Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

You know, I haven't had the time to review any short movies. Yeah, I did an anthology of short films, but I haven't done a short movie. Well, let the 2005 silent and black and white adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" be the first.

Told through flashbacks, "The Call of Cthulhu" deals with a nephew (Matt Foyer) is taking care of his Uncle's estate, when he notices some strange documents. Documents that talk about "Cthulhu Cults" and other misdeeds. What he discovers are the dark secrets that reveal man's ultimate fate, and the tentacled god that will bring it forth.

If there's anything holding "The Call of Cthulhu" back, it's the films use of more modern techniques to try and capture the feeling of silent films. By doing so, the film hurts the feeling of a movie from that era, and hampers the film slightly.

Apart from that, this is beyond the shadow of a doubt the most faithful adaptation of Lovecraft's works so far-not surprising considering that it's from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. The film hits every note scene for scene from the master's story, perfectly capturing the feeling that something very, very bad is about to occur. The fact that's it's done as a silent film is also great. The story itself is from the 1920's, so why not do it in the style of that era's movies? Hell, we even get a stop motion Cthulhu, and the image of that, let me tell you-it's a great visual to behold.

In spite of not being able to completely replicate the style of silent films, "The Call of Cthulhu" is a must for fans of H.P. Lovecraft, especially those wishing more adaptations were faithful to his work. Check it out.

Rating: 8.5/10

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