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The Call of Cthulhu (2007)

Sean Branney , Andrew H. Leman  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Branney
  • Directors: Andrew H. Leman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, French, Swedish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BQTC98
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,966 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Call of Cthulhu, an all new silent film, is HP Lovecraft's most famous story. The film follows the story's three-part narrative construction, and it moves from the 1920s to 1908 to the1870s and back, as the story does.

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177 of 184 people found the following review helpful
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The works of venerable horror writer H.P. Lovecraft have, in some ways, become the backbone of the genre, especially cinematic horror. An astonishing number of relatively contemporary horror flicks and genre TV shows--everything from 1965's DIE, MONSTER, DIE through Rod Serling's series THE NIGHT GALLERY (1970s) to Sam Raimi's THE EVIL DEAD (1981) and beyond--have either borrowed elements from Lovecraft's literary mythos or attempted to adapt one of his stories.

In spite of Lovecraft's unquestionable influence on the genre, few filmmakers have been able to accurately or faithfully translate the writer's works to either the small or large screen. At best, most attempts to adapt Lovecraft either vaguely evoke the nihilistic subtext of the author's work (e.g., Stuart Gordon's 1985 classic RE-ANIMATOR) or pay simple homage by making a reference or two (as Raimi does by building his EVIL DEAD stories around Lovecraft's ubiquitous fictional book of the occult, the Necronomicon). Until now, that is. Under the guidance of director Andrew Leman and screenwriter Sean Branney, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has filmed and released a little film entitled THE CALL OF CTHULHU (2005), based on the author's story of the same name. And it is being praised by critics and fans alike as being one of the most faithful Lovecraft cinematic adaptations ever.

The film follows the three-part narrative construction of Lovecraft's original story, using flashbacks and similar devices to shift back and forth to various time frames. The story centers on a young man who has inherited his late great-uncle's research documents pertaining to the Cthulhu Cult.
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
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In the past, adaptations of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's short stories have been downright awful (The Dunwich Horror) or faithful in spirit only (Dagon). Some of the best efforts (In the Mouth of Madness) have been more homages to his fiction than actual adaptations. The clever folks at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society have filmed their own adaptation of one of Lovecraft's most famous stories, "The Call of Cthulhu" and done it as a silent movie that looks and feels like it was made in the 1920s - the time period in which Lovecraft lived and set most of his stories in.

The Call of Cthulhu faithfully recreates the look of 1920s silent films complete with a slightly scratchy, artifact-laden print. The rich, black and white cinematography (filmed in Mythoscope no less) of David Robertson is fantastic. It has a texture to it that looks just as good as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow's retro-sepia tone look but for a fraction of the budget and with no CGI anywhere to be found. The cinematography also gives the movie the atmosphere and mood of a classic horror film and creates believable and very authentic feelings of dread.

The special visual effects by Dan Novy - especially the dream sequences - are well done and totally believable within the context of the movie. A trip to a foreboding, unearthly land is something right out of Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with a dash of Ray Harryhausen for good measure. There are a few moments where the effects take on a slightly fake quality but it only adds to the charm of the movie. In this day and age it is so refreshing to see a film that does not rely on CGI but opts for real, tangible effects that are still as effective as ever.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "What Has Risen May Sink And What Has Sunk May Rise" March 12, 2006
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How or why is it that the most revered horror novelist of the twentieth century is unable to get any of his work translated correctly onto film? Oh yes, there have been some feeble attempts that credit his work but really don't truthfully follow his story line, or others that liberally borrow from this writings without really connecting with the true and horrible terror behind his work.

In 'The Call of Cthulhu' we finally have an honest and trustworthy attempt to capture the true indescrible horror and nature of Lovecraft's work. Leave it to his true fans, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society to do what the large Hollywood studios have refused, or been afraid to do. It is filmed in old-fashioned silent movie fashion, which is not only perfect for the time period being depicted, but also perfectly done. There is a haunting, dream-like quality to this film that is absolutely mesmerizing. One is ultimately left to ponder whether the images being viewed are on the television screen or within the inner recesses of your mind. Truly a one-of-a-kind production!

Let's be honest, the horrific images and happenings that Lovecraft's writings inspire could never be matched on film. The human imagination will always be far superior to the images that can be provided on celloid. This film made in old fashioned silent film format comes as close as anything I have seen so far. I still hold out the hope that sometime in the near future a large studio with a big budget and an inspired director will do justice to this tale like Peter Jackson did with 'Lord of the Rings.' But until then, this is the consumate work!

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5.0 out of 5 stars call to be scared.
This movie is awesome. I am a silent film fan. It was pretty true to original silent films. I kept looking over my shoulder after I saw this film. I would recommend it to everyone.
Published 2 months ago by L. bader
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Lovecraft fans.
One of the only films ever made that's faithful to Lovecraft's vision. It should be no surprise that it was produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terry Montlick
3.0 out of 5 stars True to story and an epic effort by its producers
It's hard to make a film of this story. Evidence the several more commercial attempts which can't be so well spoken of. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Spiros P Spiropoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat - Lovecraft served à la Fritz Lang with sauce F.W....
This movie was made with a little budget and unknown actors by people I never heard about - but after the first minute I completely forgot to care about it! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice touches by devoted fans
This is a very well done fan movie.

If you're looking for Hollywood production values and Academy Award level acting then you'll be disappointed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard Staats
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A MESS!
I like the idea but not the execution. It strikes me more of a satire of bad silent era film making. If you're going to watch this kind of film you should forget the horror genre. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bamtan
3.0 out of 5 stars overated
i dont see why this movie has such a strong cult following almost fell asleep during watching it sorry lovecraft.
Published 8 months ago by gorefiend
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing silent movie
This movie captures the feeling of the 1920's and 1930's horror stories. i think Lovecraft would be proud of this movie.
Published 8 months ago by David Clapper
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tribute to cardoard and glitter
The Call of Cthulhu is just about the most un-filmable story their is but these guys & Gals did it.
CoC is a fan film made with cardboard, canvass, scaffolding and glitter,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by DJ
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty boring.
Old-timey silent movie with title cards. Though I admire the concept, the execution was lousy. Fell asleep and forgot all about it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pep Streebek
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