THE CALL OF CTHULHU is that long dreamed of but seemingly impossible feat--a film that is absolutely true to the work of author H.P. Lovecraft! Many have tried and failed starting in 60s with abominable films such as DIE MONSTER DIE and CTHULHU MANSION in the 80s. Granted there have been a few near misses such as Stuart Gordon's DAGON, and the rare modernized successes such as THE RESURRECTED and Gordon's RE-ANIMATOR , but fans have always been left longing for that one perfectly realized versions of the master works--the one that would truly capture the taste and feel of the "hideous monolith-crowned citadel" that was the sunken city of R'yleh where dead Cthulhu lay dreaming just the way Lovecraft had envisioned it.
Well folks, Here it is! Financed and filmed by members of the HPL Historical Society, this black & white silent film was wisely designed to appear as if it had been filmed during Lovecraft's lifetime and then left long forgotten in some dusty studio vault. The decision to film it in this manner is undoubtedly the biggest factor in its success. There aren't any high tech CGI monsters here either. No sir! Just good old fashioned stop-motion animation which is extremely well done and which also adds to the film's appeal and its feeling of authenticity, as well miniatures and in-the-camera techniques that would have been used in the 20s when Lovecraft would have been writing his disturbing tales of eldritch Gods.
The film clocks in at a brief 45 minutes or so, but there are at least that many minutes of special features which are just as much fun to watch as the movie is. The story concerns a young man who is called upon to manage his dying uncle's estate and in the course of discharging his duties he comes across some mysterious papers detailing his uncle's lifelong obsession with the bizarre and secretive Cthulhu Cult. Before he knows it the young man is drawn into the mystery himself and his uncle's obsession becomes his own. THE CALL OF CTHULHU is a well-crafted work of love that should be seen by every fan of the genre. On second thought, don't just rent it--BUY it! And if you want to read a GOOD review of this, talk to trashcan man!