The Call of Cthulhu
2007
While sorting through a pile of documents he inherited from his great-uncle (a professor at Brown University), a Boston anthropologist learns secrets about the mysterious Cthulhu cult that fascinated the late professor and likely decided his fate. Adapted from one of writer H.P. Lovecraft's most famous stories, this silent picture blends vintage and modern cinematic techniques to reproduce the look of a classic 1920s horror film.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

I found one! There is a good H.P. Lovecraft movie after all. For this to happen, apparently it had to be made by fans rather than Hollywood studios: This 45-minute feature was created by the Lovecraft Historical Society. The 1920s-style silent-film treatment masks the tiny budget effectively, and the movie delivers decent special effects when they matter. Mostly this creepy film excels at suggesting how a man really could go mad from studying the occult, and tying Lovecraft's ideas together in the closing scene. It does suffer a little from Inception-like story-within-a-story-within-a-story-itis, but that's a quibble with the original tale. For non-fans, this is an excellent way to sample Lovecraft's work and gain an understanding of his key ideas and themes in one sitting. For fans, this is a treat.

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