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Something completely different: CALL OF CTHULHU - johnjosmiller
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Something completely different: CALL OF CTHULHU
Friend and fellow NM writer Steve Stirling lent me his copy of the "Call of Cthulhu" movie the other day, and, although this might be an inappropriate word to use in connection with the dread Cthulhu, it was quite charming.

The black and white, forty seven minute (if I remember correctly) silent film took the filmakers two years to produce, and obviously was a labor of love.  The acting is excellent, the sets are mostly terrific (especially the R'yleh set), and, most importantly, the screenplay is very faithful to the original both in spirit and in letter.

I highly recommend it to any H.P. Lovecraft fans out there, which I have been since reading "The Rats in the Wall" in middle school lo these many years ago.

It will certainly NOT be coming to your cineplex anytime soon, but it is well worth seeking out.


John Jos. Miller
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the_corbie From: the_corbie Date: August 24th, 2007 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
You're the second person on my flist to recommend this: the first, luckily, lives a couple of streets away and has a copy. I'm thinking I might make it a priority to borrow it. :)
From: philsphilms Date: August 24th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
hee hee, yup mr miller is correct its a superb film. You might have trouble watching it though as its a region 1 copy - there is as yet no release date for it in the uk:(
xraytheenforcer From: xraytheenforcer Date: August 24th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Curse you Scottish ne'er-do-wells.

I wonder if I can find a copy of this somewhere in NYC. Man, you'd think *somebody* in this town would want to screen this gem.
From: philsphilms Date: August 24th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, we imported our copy from the states only a few weeks ago so you shouldn't have any trouble finding it:)
xraytheenforcer From: xraytheenforcer Date: August 24th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but I was hoping IFC or Two Boots or Film Forum would screen it. Cthulhu is too mighty a force to be contained on my tiny computer monitor.
johnjosmiller From: johnjosmiller Date: August 24th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to see that there's interest in this film, as it is really worth seeing. This might be the rare case where a movie looks better on the smaller tv screen, which presents a more forgiving picture size. Clearly, they were working with a limited budget, but they managed to successfully overcome that hurdle. Actually, I'd like to see what these guys could do if you gave them $100 million or so. At the very least they'd remain faithful to the source material and not feel that they could "improve" it.

John Jos. Miller
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Currently reading: You mean, besides all the wild card books?

Currently writing: The complete history of the wild card universe. Fortunately it is contained in only seventeen original volumes.

In the Publishers Pipeline: Graphic adaptation of George R.R. Martin's "In the House of the Worm" for Avatar Comics. "Wakes the Lion" for INSIDE STRAIGHT. "Mortality's Strong Hand" for BUSTED FLUSH.
From: philsphilms Date: August 24th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as I was concerned one of the strenghts of the film was in the attention to detail as far as recreating a silent movie goes - the deliberate over acting, the tricks that are no longer used, the lovely antiquated effects etc. which usefully are also nice and cheap.
This was very much a work of passion and had a great deal fo thought put into how to do it.

johnjosmiller From: johnjosmiller Date: August 28th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly.


John
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