Thursday, 9 October 2014

31 Days of Horror: The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

The Call of Cthulhu (2005)
Director: Andrew Leman
Starring: Matt Foyer, John Bolen, and Ralph Lucas
Running Time: 47 min

There a few things about this film that I like already without even seeing it.  One,  that it is based on a terrifying tale by one of my favourite authors and creator of the Cthulhu mythos, H.P Lovecraft.  Two, they took a novel approach to the film and shot it in black and withe and as a silent film.  That takes balls in this day and age and is very commendable.  Three, the fact that this story under conventional wisdom was considered "unfilmable" and they still took the challenge to create it.  I've been looking forward to seeing a decent film based on this tale for years and I hope that it doesn't disappoint.

A man tells his friend that before his Great-Uncle passed away, he begged him to destroy his life's work.  After his Great-Uncle passed away, the man begins to look into files and discovers a number of files based on a strange events that all center around the cult of Cthulhu and a monstrous statuette that kept showing up.  The first occurrence, was with a man his Great-Uncle knew, who had terrible reoccurring dreams of a mysterious place that was calling to him.  The second is about police Inspector Legrasse, who his Great-Uncle met while the inspector was working on a case.  Legrasse had stumbled upon an unimaginable cult when working on a case of missing women and children in squatter neighbourhood.  In the third file the man discovers, that his Great-Uncle traveled across the globe to speak to the lone survivor of a horrible sea accident and killed everyone else on board.  Can the man put meaning into these events and put the clues together and if he does, what kind of nightmare will he unleash on the rest of the world?

 Director Andrew Leman (The Whisper in the Darkness) and his team do an excellent job with this film.  I haven't read this story for a few years, but it's closest to the original material that is available now.  I love the look of this film, it reminds me of the German expressionist films,  the dream sequences have a look similar Robert Weine's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and the rest of the film reminds me of mix of Lang (Metropolis, M)  and Murnau (Nosferautu, Faust).
  Also, near the end with some very good stop animation sequence that will get your heart pounding with excitement.  You see these giant claws come out of the rocks and are breathless because you want to see the monster but... you don't!

  The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the text panels, some of them were quite lengthy and you had to read them quickly because they weren't on the screen very long.  Maybe I'm old but I wish they would have given the panels a few more seconds.

  This is a great take on the Cthulhu material, it has a gorgeous look to it, a eerie soundtrack and it's 47 minutes of terror that you will never forget! If you're a Lovecraft fan, then this is definitely one to see!


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