FILMS: "Cthulhu - Silent... But Deadly!"
There's a new (2005) Cthulhu film out. And while there's one newer (2007) Cthulhu film out, the 2005 edition is a SILENT film... very cool!
And here's what's been written about it:
Written in 1926, just before the advent of "talking" pictures, The Call of Cthulhu is one of the most famous and influential tales of H.P. Lovecraft, the father of gothic horror. Now the story is brought richly to life in the style of a classic 1920s silent movie, with a haunting original symphonic score. Using the "Mythoscope" process, a mix of modern and vintage techniques, the HPLHS has worked to create the most authentic and faithful screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story yet attempted.
From the cultists of the Louisana bayous to the man-eating non-Euclidean geometry of R'lyeh, the HPLHS brings Cthulhu to the screen as it was meant to be seen. Eighteen months of production and a cast of more than 50 actors went into making this film a period spectacle that must seen to be believed. The DVD includes The Call of Cthulhu (47 minutes, black and white), the high-fidelity and "Mythophonic" soundtracks, a 25 minute "making-of" documentary featurette, two slide shows, deleted footage, a prop PDF of the Sydney Bulletin and more.
TOP: Cthulhu takes a bath and a nap at the same time.
To appeal to Lovecraft fans throughout across the globe, this DVD provides inter-titles in 24 languages including: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Euskera, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Lithuanian, Luxmbourgish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Welsh. These aren't just subtitles either; they are the real title cards rendered tastefully in each language.
If you thought the story was scary before, wait until you see it in Welsh!
Some of Cthulhu's other film appearences have included:
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- (2007) Arkham NW Productions, a Seattle-based production company, produced a 2007 feature horror film titled Cthulhu loosely based on the short story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", and also incorporating elements from several other Lovecraft stories. Cthulhu is a 2007 American thriller/horror movie, directed by Dan Gildark and was co-written by Grant Cogswell.
- (2005) The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society (The film featured in this post) has produced an independent black-and-white silent film titled The Call of Cthulhu, based closely on Lovecraft's original story.
- (2000) "Cthulhu" is an Australian low budget horror film made in 1996-1997 and released in 2000, by producer-director Damian Heffernan. It was mostly based on the two Lovecraft stories: "The Thing on the Doorstep" and "The Shadow Over Innsmouth".
- (1991) Cast a Deadly Spell is a Horror/Detective HBO movie with Fred Ward, Julianne Moore and Clancy Brown. Ward stars as 1940's hardboiled private detective Phillip Lovecraft, in a parallel world in which magic is real, monsters and mythical beasts stalk the back alleys, zombies are used as cheap labor, and everyone -- except Lovecraft -- uses magic every day. Yet, cars, telephones and other modern technology also exist in this world. The movie is very much an homage to the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Though not based on any one particular story by Lovecraft, the film features many Lovecraftian tropes, and can be considered to take place against the unified backdrop which has come to be known as the Cthulhu Mythos. Frequent references are made to the Necronomicon, the Old Ones, and Yog Sothoth throughout the film.
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