Cthulhu Reviews

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John Anderson
Variety
August 19, 2008
The most fantastical plotline can be a perfectly convincing movie, but in Cthulhu, the acting is so emotionally unhinged and erratic it borders on camp.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 22, 2008
Cthulhu isn't awful, but it isn't particularly compelling either, as Glidark and Cogswell make their message so plain that it robs the story of its broader mysteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 11, 2008
H.P. Lovecraft has a history of mistreatment in the cinema, but nothing comes near the abomination of Cthulhu, which not only desecrates Lovecraft, but film craft.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
August 21, 2008
Stuart Gordon adapted the story more conventionally in 2001's Dagon, and it remains the better bet for Lovecraft lovers.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
September 12, 2008
Too much about the movie is just amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 11, 2008
What is best about Cthulhu is the style that insists on keeping the viewer completely off-balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 14, 2008
The film effectively locks down a literally captive audience, and the eerie images of the mystical, tempestuous Oregon coast are both stunning and nerve shredding for the entire bewitching duration.
April 27, 2009
High on ambition and originality and the closest we've come to a true H.P. Lovecraft film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Juergens
AfterElton.com
October 30, 2008
An assured, creepy effort that skillfully integrates gay themes and characters into a straight-up horror story.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
August 22, 2008
A trippy, unsettling experience with a clear eye for mesmerizing visuals. Genre fans grown weary by today's mainstream spate owe it to themselves to seek out this grim, creatively sumptuous, unapologetically chilling indie effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
August 22, 2008
As the creepy gives way to the criminal, and ultimately to the genuinely supernatural, Cthulhu maintains its grounding in the sort of real-world interests that holds one's attention without shocking demonstrations like dismemberment or decapitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick
March 3, 2009
Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth looms largest in this offbeat film's influences, and while it can't be called faithful ... it does have an authentically doom-haunted atmosphere.

Film Threat
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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