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Cthulhu Reviews

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March 30, 2017
First: Weird, beautifully shot, atmospheric, absurd, creepy, essentially everything that makes a Lovecraftian story Lovecraftian. It's also a really cool allegory for how uncomfortable it is for a gay man to visit his religious family in the boonies.
½ November 3, 2015
Essentially a loose adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow over Innsmouth" with some homages to John Carpenter's Lovecraftian "In the Mouth of Madness," Dan Gildark's "Cthulhu" suffers from some sub-par acting and budget constraints, but it more than makes up for its flaws by not only bringing Lovecraft's mythos into the postmodern world but also by drawing provocative parallels between small-town homophobia and the absurd, lurking horrors of the old ones. It is truly Lovecraftian in a way that few films have managed to pull off, but it also manages to be an effective drama about dealing with the traumas of the past and coming to understand ourselves in the present. Moody and creepy, Cthulhu is powerful and original independent filmmaking that for some reason also features Tori Spelling....
July 27, 2015
A quasi-chilling, quasi-atmospheric film that is very loosely based on some of Lovecraft's short stories. This is definitely not Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu," but it has some very nice scares and some haunting images. It remains very suggestive in its horror, which I like, but it might be too sparse a narrative for some. It's interesting, to be sure, but not much else. (I am still awaiting a real blood-and-thunder adaptation of Lovecraft to be made, given the fantastic material there.)
June 1, 2015
It's best to watch Lovecraftian movies without any expectations, that way you can't be dissapointed if it's a not-so-good movie, and this movie isn't great, but it's also not bad. It's an interesting take on the "Shadow Over Innsmouth" story and I've enjoyed this movie. The movie feels very cheap from time to time and the amateurish acting isn't helping, but once you get past those problems, the story itself and the *sigh* Rivermouth folk are really interesting and while the ending leaves many things unanswered, it's still quite a ride. There is also quite a lot of scares in it, mainly in the last 30 minutes. All in all, a good Lovecraft movie that delivers an interesting story and atmosphere but also fails due to it's amateur actors and underdeveloped characters.
November 11, 2014
For the second time, im slack jawed by seing Tori Spelling being truly wird and comepelling in a movie that defies gender and challenges viewers with something really unexpected. She gets it, and makes it more. I always wanted to think sh really sucks but truth is she can be truly special sometimes. This movie is in a different class. Dont go in expecting Lovecraft mythos visuals. Just go in. It will get you somewhere strange. You wont regret it.
April 30, 2014
Pretty stupid and convuluted. I've seen most of the Cthulhu inspired films (Yes, including House of..) and this is probably the worst. Just too much plot totally mars this one.
½ October 8, 2013
Could be way better...
August 5, 2013
Act of Valor was an average (albeit realistic) action film with horrid acting, but Jason Cottle as the Chechen terrorist I personally found to be good though, he's quite an underrated actor.
February 15, 2013
The story could have been very interesting, but very slow and boring movie with poor acting. Can skip.
September 10, 2012
Cthulhu (Dan Gildark, 2007)

Cthulhu, Dan Gildark's expressive, delicious supernatural drama, suffers from the same mismarketing that most supernatural dramas do. This is not entirely unexpected, considering the supernatural drama is, these days, almost exclusively a Southeast Asian genre, and when similarly exceptional Asian films find their way over here, they are usually mismarketed as horror as well. (Case in point: Soo-youn Lee's The Uninvited, one of the greatest Korean films ever made, widely panned for ‚not being scary enough.‚?) I admit, Gildark probably brought some of it on himself by tapping into the Lovecraftian mythos, but really, kiddies, if you pick up anything even remotely Lovecraft-related and expect a Roger Corman (or, worse, a Brian Yuzna) movie, you're going to be disappointed by, well, every good attempt at Lovecraft that's ever been committed to screen‚"and this one is very good indeed.

Loosely (very loosely) based on ‚The Shadow Over Innsmouth‚?, Cthulhu is the story of Russell Marsh (The Wedding Singer's Jason Cottle), a history professor who returns to the family pile in Oregon to execute his mother's will after her death. While there, Russell reconnects with Mike (My Own Private Idaho's Scott Patrick Green), a lover from his past, and the two of them pick up where they left off after some false starts. But the longer Russell stays in town, the more he becomes convinced that his father (The Cutter's Dennis Kleinsmith), whose ‚church‚? seems more and more like a crazy end-of-the-world cult, is actually capable of bringing about the end of the world.

Andrew Kasch at Dread Central says of the film that it ‚plays out like 'Shadow Over Innsmouth' re-imagined by Kiyoshi Kurosawa‚?, and that's a fine way of putting it indeed. The gay angle‚"which sent such a number of reviewers (and even more IMDB commenters) into such knee-jerk tizzy fits‚"makes absolute sense; about the only better method of showing ‚outsider‚? on screen would be setting the movie in a Klan-controlled area of the deep south and making your protagonist black, though that would be difficult given the movie's stress on the importance of family ties. And let's face it, this is a movie about relationships‚"specifically Russell's relationships with Mike and his father‚"so both the film's gay angle and its less-than-charitable attitude towards religion are going to be front and center here. If that bothers you, this is not the movie you want to rent tonight.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a movie with a script written by someone who actually seems to understand the ins and outs of human relationships and does a damned fine job at injecting the supernatural into them, this is exactly the film you want to rent tonight. Kasch goes on to call this the closest to an actual H. P. Lovecraft adaptation we've ever had on celluloid (though not so floridly). I'll put it this way: in the literary world, there are two types of writers who are influenced by Lovecraft. The first batch are those who thought, ‚oh, cool! Monsters!‚?, and went on to write Lovecraft-inspired fiction that focused on, yes, the monsters‚"August Derleth, Lin Carter, and that crowd are all well-known to Lovecraft fans. The second, much smaller, group were influenced not so much by the monsters, but by Lovecraft's writing style‚"the atmosphere, the word choice, the diction, all of which worked together to inspire far more of the dread one feels reading a Lovecraft story than the few glimpses of tentacle. The best examples I can come up with off the top of my head would be Thomas Ligotti, Fred Chappell, and Steve Rasnic Tem. Think of Corman, Yuzna, and that crowd as the Lin Carters of Lovecraftian film. Dan Gildark is very much in the Ligotti/Chappell/Tem camp, and just as those books are more rewarding experiences, so is this excellent film. ****
½ June 16, 2012
Good thing Cthulhu isn't awake to see this bad acting.
½ April 1, 2012
terrible ending and confusing plot
December 8, 2011
Me gustů... pero honesta y triztemente no puedo decir que sea buena. Original tal vez, pero no buena. El tema de Cthulhu es una excusa para desarrollar una historia bastante sombrŪa y que se supone estŠ basada en "La Sombra sobre Insmouth". La pelŪcula logra desarrollar un ambiente y una atmosfera bien interesante, pero que estŠ lejos de un cuento de Lovecraft. No apta para fanaticos acerrimos de los primigenios.
Super Reviewer
½ November 16, 2011
Confusing with bad acting... Actors are repulsive, absolutely dreadful
½ September 26, 2011
Interesting and well worth the watch. This low-budget adaptation of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" offers a unique twist to the Lovecraft tale by offering a parallel sense of uneasiness and dread through the eyes of it's gay protagonist. Over-the-top acting runs a bit rampant, but I found the story a satisfying adaptation and meritable for keeping the Lovecraftian creatures at bay (as the original stories only offered witness accounts of the creatures, and rarely dealt with them firsthand).
September 13, 2011
I kinda liked this one, a good story, but the ending was a bit strange.
June 9, 2011
It was a great movie until the last 5 seconds.
May 29, 2011
Yritys hyvä, mutta homma ei oikein saanut tuulta siipiensä alle hyvistä hetkistä huolimatta.
February 2, 2011
Still waiting on a decent adaptation of a Lovecraft story, very disappointing.
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