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Joe from New York
I finally found the DVD for this movie when I was in Barnes and Nobles one day, and after one viewing I fell in love. The musical score, the atmosphere, the beautiful black and white, all of it. It is now one of my favorite films made.



Mark from Las Vegas
Outstanding! You've all done an incredible job on this film. Call of Cthulhu is now among my favorites in the silent film genre- up there with Metropolis and The Lost World. If you like Lovecraft or silent films, you will love it.
If you like both you're in for a real treat!


Hans from Moers
Do you love silent movies like "Dr. Mabuse", "Nosferatu" "Caligari" or "Lost World"? You like horror movies (with not much blood ;-) )? Then this is the right movie. If you've never heard about Cthulhu, this is the best start you can get.

The quality is above average and the best Cthulhu-film available, but of course, it's not a Fritz Lang movie.
If you don't speak english: You will get the German intertitles, if you choose "Gaelic". But better take the English intertitles, for the foreign texts a different font is chosen, it is looking very much like a C64 in black and white...



Peter from North Hollywood
After being horribly scarred by the B movie crap that is often erroneously attributed to Lovecraft, I must say I was a little worried that this fan made silent film adaptation of HPL's most infamous short story would be poor compensation and amateurishly bad.

How wrong I was.

Was it a masterpiece? Absolutely not. But it has it's heart in the right place and obviously spent a lot of blood, sweat and tears on making its paltry budget go a long way. Most importantly the theme and style of Lovecraft is preserved, and although perhaps lacking in scares it did worm that feeling of perverse cosmic horror into the subconcious. By the end I did have to supress a shudder or two. Acting was a bit mawkish at times, the dialog cards could have been spaced better, but the art direction, props, and the obvious but brilliant silent movie era trickery were all top notch, especially if you consider their probable budget level. Suspension of disbelief is necessary, but think of it like an elaborate theatre production and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Or driven utterly and inescapably mad!



Laird from New York City
I just saw "CofC" for the first time (via Netflix rental) and had to voice my enthusiastic response. I went in expecting an earnestly attempted "fan film," and came out having experienced a first-rate work of imaginative, original, cinematic art. It's pitch perfect, from the cinematography, sets and music, to the spot-on performances from the cast. Can't wait to see the next one!


Don from Victoria
A great version of the story. I can't help but think that
Lovecraft himself would have enjoyed it.


Kent from Huntsville, AL
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Daniel from Raccoon
Wonderful! At one point I realized the hair on my arms was standing up. I don't think that's happened since the first time I watched Susperia. THANK YOU!


Matthew from Hamilton
Loved the film, best Lovecraft adaptation to date. The silent film acting was awsome and so was the attention to detail. One small, pedantic-nerd gripe. Cthulhu's only supposed to have three claws per limb, not four! My favorite lovecraft stories were always the dunwich horror and the colour out of space, it would be great if someone had a go at adapting one of those (hint, hint...)


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Pamela from Stockholm
I was amazed at the quality of the movie. I assumed it would be a "shot in my backyard" kind of flick, but I was seriously stunned while watching. The only drawback was the length; I could have watched for a couple more hours!
The adaptation from the original story is excellent, so much I had to go back and read it again right after I watched the movie. The acting is great, especially since it is a silent film, and in my opinion you need to be an excellent actor in order to portray accurately all emotions in the plot.
it is enthralling, I almost forgot to breath while watching it. The music and ambience was great, I could see myself roaming the 1930's.
one wonders why there hasn't been any previous attempt to film this story; I can only thank HPLHS for making it. It is my best buy so far, and I am full of excitement waiting for the release of the Whisperer in the Darkness.


Jon from Provo
Loved the film. It opened my eyes to silent film and left me wanting more.

My only wish was that it came wrapped circa 1920: airmail stamps and twine.



Mark from Texarkana
A wonderful pastiche, this really is an experience, more than just a movie. Make an evening of it. Light the oil lamps, kill the lights, dress up if you have the gear, pop the popcorn, sacrifice a goat, and make an evening of it.

Check out my full review at Epinions.com

http://www.epinions.com/content_419035385476




Christopher from Toledo
Excellent work, I commend everyone involved. I do not believe that one of the major studios, with a budget of millions could do a finer job.


W. H. Pugmire, Esq. from Sesqua Valley
Having within these past many months completed work on three new books of mostly Lovecraftian fiction, it has now been my desire to write a book of non-Lovecraftian weird fiction; but the HPLHS has thwarted my dreams, because the magick of their products has me under such Lovecraftian enchantment that I ache, I quake, I shudder to write yet another book of eldritch horror -- one that shall be dedicated to them. This past month we were delighted to have a mini-Lovecraft Film Festival here in Seattle, and one of the features was this magnificent film. As soon as the film began, the audience broke into rapturous applause, testifying to the huge appeal of this remarkable film. To see the film once again on the "big screen" (I first saw it in the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon) is an overwhelming experience -- and to see it with an enthralled audience is wonderful.

Part of the finest touch of the products available here at the HPLHS is that they are rooted into the past, to the era in which Lovecraft lived and wrote. Not only does this add to the tremendous fun thus conjured forth, but it enhances the products with a warm-hearted love for the source from which these products have had their nameless parturition. This aspect greatly aids this cinematic treatment of "The Call of Cthulhu." The film works as a silent because of the exemplary talent that has produced it. Everything is exactly right and wonderful. The players, for whom the milieu of acting for a silent film must have seemed alien, bring the characters to life. This is a rare art, to communicate a story and its effects on the human soul through pantomime. The acting is so authentic and rich, and the photography and music and plot of the story so mesmerizing, that one is entirely involved with the action of the screen -- and that is the first rule of film making, I think -- to catch one's audience and hold them utterly.

I recently bought a new laptop, which has a DVD player; and the first disc that I played was this DVD of THE CALL OF CTHULHU, watching as I listened to the powerful musical score on headphones. It was an amazing experience! The power of this film, power that is culled from the excellence of every aspect of production, loses nothing on the small screen. Indeed, there was a kind of enhancement of intimate psychological involvement as I sat in this chilly basement chamber, in the dark, with that awesome music blaring to my brain and the action of the film so near before my startled and delighted face.

The genius behind the film, and behind the absolutely wondrous DARK ADVENTURE RADIO THEATRE cds, is Sean Branney. He is one of the finest and most devoted Lovecraftians of modern time. His knowledge of Lovecraft's life and works is evident in his faithful translation of Lovecraft's potent fiction within the realm of drama -- this film, and the radio scripts for the audio plays, is faithful in almost every way to the works from which they are derived; and even the deviations have a playful yet authentic Lovecraftian aspect to them (such as the wonderful moment in the SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH radio drama when the narrator, asking for getting some items in an Innsmouth grocery store, adds, "Oh, and a pack of Fleurs-de-Lys'!!!).

The film not only works as an authentic cinematic representation of H. P. Lovecraft -- it works as a chilling horror film for anyone unfamiliar with Lovecraft's work. The film casts a deadly spell of eldritch terror with the oddness of photography in the dream sequences (aided by the fantastic set, reminiscent of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," through which Wilcox journeys in dream to the lair of the Great Old One), by the fantastic alien aspect of the statuettes representing Cthulhu, and by the growing sense of doom and horror that is such a powerful component in Lovecraft's original story. One of the most exciting moments I have ever experienced in the theatre in that point in the film where the Inspector and his crew of law enforcers invade the ritual in the woods. The combination of skillful lighting effects, the superb eeriness of the set, the smooth power of skillful photography -- and, MY GAWD!, the overwhelming potency of that particular point in the musical score, that pounding music that one believes COULD seduce the Great Lord Cthulhu from his dead-yet-dreaming state, all combine so as to create an episode of cumulative effect that has rarely been matched in any macabre film.

I could go on and on, but I am too anxious to return to listening to the episodes of DARK ADVENTURE RADIO THEATRE (I recently bought the box set, and it has me hypnotized, sitting here, in darkness, listening to those great dramas, the magick of which fire within my wither'd brain an intense desire to write new Mythos fiction of my own). This film is wonderful, and it makes one long -- intensely -- to view the forthcoming production of THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS (just the trailer of which confirms that the genius and production values so evident in THE CALL OF CTHULHU will find expression once again in this new talkie). My eternal thanks to the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society for the authenticity and quality of their Lovecraftian products, which serve, alongside S. T. Joshi's Corrected Texts, as the finest example of tribute ever produced in honour of H. P. Lovecraft, Esq.



Tim Byrd from Decatur, GA
[NOTE: This was an appreciation of Lovecraft/short review I wrote on my blog (www.tim-byrd.com) last night after watching the film.]

Do you know Cthulhu?

If you knew Cthulhu as we know Cthulhu, oh, oh, oh what a god

Ive always loved scary stories. One of the few positive memories I have from my childhood was staying up with my father and watching classic Universal monster movies in a rocking chair. I loved scary comics like Creepy and Eerie and monster comics like Marvels Werewolf By Night (I remember, when I was about 9 or so, scrambling around the desolation of our suburban neighborhood by moonlight in a torn shirt pretending I was the werewolf). I could quote Edgar Allen Poe and read all the horror I could get hands on, from DRACULA to The Monkeys Paw to SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. Well, I read most things I could get my hands on. But horror was among my favorites.

The first fiction I ever read that actually scared me, though, was H.P. Lovecrafts story The Dunwich Horror. This tale offered up an unspeakable invisible horror terrorizing a New England landscape that took root in my imagination with such force that I remember laying in my dark room at night, wanting to sleep, but watching the window waiting to see a thing I could not see...which of course doesnt make sense, but to my kids mind it sure did.

That tale, I found out, was just one in Lovecrafts cycle of stories that are known as the Cthulhu Mythos. These stories tell us that beyond our ken, out in the darkness of space or in the depths of the sea or in other dimensions, ancient gods older than time are hungrily waiting to get back to our world and destroy our reality. Chief among them is the sleeping god Cthulhu...

"...These Great Old Oneswere not composed altogether of flesh and blood. They had shape...but that shape was not made of matter. When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die. They all lay in stone houses in Their great city of Rlyeh, preserved by the spells of mighty Cthulhu for a glorious resurrection when the stars and the earth might once more be ready for Them..." (H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu)

Lovecrafts work has been highly influential, and Cthulhu and other elements from the mythos have appeared widely in other creators work. Neil Gaiman and Stephen King have written tales involving these ancient evils, as have Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, and Ramsey Campbell. Rod Serlings Night Gallery adapted some of Lovecrafts work, the creators of the film ALIEN cited Lovecraft as an influence, and The Simpsons and Jon Stewart have made Cthulhu references. A huge library of Lovecraftian material for roleplaying games (traditional face-to-face games, not video) exists, springing from Chaosiums classic "Call of Cthulhu" (titled after one of the original stories). Lovecraft allusions pop up in the songs of Black Sabbath and Metallica. There have been Cthulhu video games, like "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth," and many, many bits of lore and homage in games from "Alone in the Dark" to "World of Warcraft." Mike Mignolas Hellboy, both in comics and in film, draws heavily on the Cthulhu Mythos.

And there have been movies. Stuart Gordons RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND are popular adaptations of Lovecrafts work, though they supply an over-the-top gore and campiness that are a far cry from the humorless, dark terror of the original tales. Gordons DAGON, an adaptation of The Shadow Over Innsmouth, was far more effective, and creepy, telling the tale of a coastal village overrun by the cult of Dagon, one of the ancient gods who turns his followers into mutated fish-folk.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, and DAGON is my favorite Lovecraft film. I like the Dagon stuff so much, in fact, that the evil threat in my novel DOC WILDE AND THE FROGS OF DOOM is an in-the-face homage to the fish god and his followers. The books as much a love letter to Lovecraft as it is to Doc Savage. (I plan to rewatch DAGON soon, and may write more about it when I do).

Tonight, I watched one of the more recent films based on Lovecrafts work, 2005s THE CALL OF CTHULHU, based directly on H.P. Lovecrafts 1926 short story. This flick, a selection at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival, was produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Its not just a perfect rendition of Lovecrafts tale, its brilliantly made in the style of a 1920s black and white silent film, the basic conceit seeming to be what would a film of the story be like if it had been made when the story was published? The conceit works not just for noveltys sake and atmosphere, it allows the low budget special effects to shine, resulting in a stylistic, almost German Expressionistic, feel that really suits the story.

This movie works perfectly. I cant recommend it highly enough, both as a Lovecraft adaptation and a work of film art. Apparently the filmmakers are currently at work on a followup, THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS, based on Lovecrafts 1931 story. The producers are continuing their strategy of filming according to the style of the time the story was published, so this one will also be in black and white, but will be a talkie. Its supposed to be out some time this year. In the meantime, get your hands on THE CALL OF CTHULHU, its a treat.
--Tim Byrd



Arthur from Highland , IL
A first rate piece of film making that is faithful to the original material. The use of a silent black-and-white format lends to the authenticity of the piece. Hollywood 'professionals' would have butchered this story and not achieved the right tone. Tis sia must have for any true lovecraft fan.


Sean from St. Louis, MO
I was very excited when I first heard about CoC finally being made into a film. Although I would love to see it become a major motion picture with state of the art FX and A list actors, I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation. It was true to the original and was a lot of fun to watch.


Philip from London, UK
Now that the development of modern special effects means his tentacled monstrosities can be represented in the most literal and lifelike fashion, there are only two real problems involved in filming the major works of H P Lovecraft. One of these problems is the film industry; the other is the major works of H P Lovecraft. However convincing the tentacles might be, no Hollywood producer and few genuine film-makers would be willing to tackle the main theme of Lovecraft's stories and the true source of their horror, namely the temporary and insignificant nature of humanity in a vast, indifferent and incomprehensible cosmos. Certainly, no script that faithfully reflected his stories' structural complexity and lack of soap-opera characters or Sunday-supplement moralities would ever be green-lighted for any adequately budgeted or properly distributed production.

The H P Lovecraft Historical Society has sidestepped these difficulties in appropriately antiquarian fashion by filming Lovecraft's 1926 novella in silent black-and-white, with intertitles and a "Rich Symphonic Score" - much as it might have been done if the film-makers of Lovecraft's time had possessed the imagination and intestinal fortitude which are so conspicuously lacking in the CGI-hacks and remake-hawkers of our own.

The film faithfully preserves the story's complex narrative structure, with its multiple narrators and shifts back and forth in time; but the makers have not confused fidelity with reverence, and have exercised considerable powers of imagination in turning the novella into a thoroughly watchable and chilling piece of cinema. The opening image - a nearly completed jigsaw of Van Gogh's Starry Night - is a fine example of their eye for resonant detail. The use of intertitles means that the portentous resonances of Lovecraft's written prose can be preserved without the need of a voice-over to translate for the intellectually Hollywood; and the story's beginning and ending are cleverly transposed so that the narrator's injunction to keep the horror secret comes first, while the novella's famous opening paragraphs comprise the film's powerful epilogue.

Naturally, the special effects have an archaic look, particularly at the climax when Cthulhu rises from the sea; and there are some deliberately old-fashioned visuals such as the time-honoured map with busily progressing dotted lines to show the narrator's voyages around the world. Nevertheless, the episode of the police raid on the cultists' ceremony includes several images of violence and grue that would have been even less tolerable in 1926 than the grimly modern premise of a hostile and amoral universe. The alien geometry of Cthulhu's island is conveyed quite effectively, although inevitably it is here that the film's technical limitations are most evident. At least one brief but startling effect, when a man disappears into the angle between two stones, shows that simplicity can still be a virtue.

Lovecraft himself believed that a weird tale should supplement, rather than contradict, the known facts of science and history, and that it should therefore be constructed with the care and verisimilitude that one would devote to a good hoax. By that criterion, The Call of Cthulhu is unquestionably a Lovecraftian film; indeed, despite the adaptation of various minor tales by Stuart Gordon and his ilk, it may be the only genuinely Lovecraftian film yet made. Its status as a labour of love shines forth from every frame.



Philip from London, UK
Now that the development of modern special effects means his tentacled monstrosities can be represented in the most literal and lifelike fashion, there are only two real problems involved in filming the major works of H P Lovecraft. One of these problems is the film industry; the other is the major works of H P Lovecraft. However convincing the tentacles might be, no Hollywood producer and few genuine film-makers would be willing to tackle the main theme of Lovecraft's stories and the true source of their horror, namely the temporary and insignificant nature of humanity in a vast, indifferent and incomprehensible cosmos. Certainly, no script that faithfully reflected his stories' structural complexity and lack of soap-opera characters or Sunday-supplement moralities would ever be green-lighted for any adequately budgeted or properly distributed production.

The H P Lovecraft Historical Society (whose motto is Latin for "we thought it would be fun") has sidestepped these difficulties in appropriately antiquarian fashion by filming Lovecraft's 1926 novella in silent black-and-white, with intertitles and a "Rich Symphonic Score" - much as it might have been done if the film-makers of Lovecraft's time had possessed the imagination and intestinal fortitude which are so conspicuously lacking in the CGI-hacks and remake-hawkers of our own.

The film faithfully preserves the story's complex narrative structure, with its multiple narrators and shifts back and forth in time; but the makers have not confused fidelity with reverence, and have exercised considerable powers of imagination in turning the novella into a thoroughly watchable and chilling piece of cinema. The opening image - a nearly completed jigsaw of Van Gogh's Starry Night - is a fine example of their eye for resonant detail. The use of intertitles means that the portentous resonances of Lovecraft's written prose can be preserved without the need of a voice-over to translate for the intellectually Hollywood; and the story's beginning and ending are cleverly transposed so that the narrator's injunction to keep the horror secret comes first, while the novella's famous opening paragraphs comprise the film's powerful epilogue.

Naturally, the special effects have an archaic look, particularly at the climax when Cthulhu rises from the sea; and there are some deliberately old-fashioned visuals such as the time-honoured map with busily progressing dotted lines to show the narrator's voyages around the world. Nevertheless, the episode of the police raid on the cultists' ceremony includes several images of violence and grue that would have been even less tolerable in 1926 than the grimly modern premise of a hostile and amoral universe. The alien geometry of Cthulhu's island is conveyed quite effectively, although inevitably it is here that the film's technical limitations are most evident. At least one brief but startling effect, when a man disappears into the angle between two stones, shows that simplicity can still be a virtue.

Lovecraft himself believed that a weird tale should supplement, rather than contradict, the known facts of science and history, and that it should therefore be constructed with the care and verisimilitude that one would devote to a good hoax. By that criterion, The Call of Cthulhu is unquestionably a Lovecraftian film; indeed, despite the adaptation of various minor tales by Stuart Gordon and his ilk, it may be the only genuinely Lovecraftian film yet made. Its status as a labour of love shines forth from every frame.



Philip from London, UK
Now that the development of modern special effects means his tentacled monstrosities can be represented in the most literal and lifelike fashion, there are only two real problems involved in filming the major works of H P Lovecraft. One of these problems is the film industry; the other is the major works of H P Lovecraft. However convincing the tentacles might be, no Hollywood producer and few genuine film-makers would be willing to tackle the main theme of Lovecraft's stories and the true source of their horror, namely the temporary and insignificant nature of humanity in a vast, indifferent and incomprehensible cosmos. Certainly, no script that faithfully reflected his stories' structural complexity and lack of soap-opera characters or Sunday-supplement moralities would ever be green-lighted for any adequately budgeted or properly distributed production.

The H P Lovecraft Historical Society (whose motto is Latin for "we thought it would be fun") has sidestepped these difficulties in appropriately antiquarian fashion by filming Lovecraft's 1926 novella <i>The Call of Cthulhu</i> in silent black-and-white, with intertitles and a "Rich Symphonic Score" - much as it might have been done if the film-makers of Lovecraft's time had possessed the imagination and intestinal fortitude which are so conspicuously lacking in the CGI-hacks and remake-hawkers of our own.

The film faithfully preserves the story's complex narrative structure, with its multiple narrators and shifts back and forth in time; but the makers have not confused fidelity with reverence, and have exercised considerable powers of imagination in turning the novella into a thoroughly watchable and chilling piece of cinema. The opening image - a nearly completed jigsaw of Van Gogh's Starry Night - is a fine example of their eye for resonant detail. The use of intertitles means that the portentous resonances of Lovecraft's written prose can be preserved without the need of a voice-over to translate for the intellectually Hollywood; and the story's beginning and ending are cleverly transposed so that the narrator's injunction to keep the horror secret comes first, while the novella's famous opening paragraphs ("The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents...") comprise the film's powerful epilogue.

Naturally, the special effects have an archaic look, particularly at the climax when Cthulhu rises from the sea; and there are some deliberately old-fashioned visuals such as the time-honoured map with busily progressing dotted lines to show the narrator's voyages around the world. Nevertheless, the episode of the police raid on the cultists' ceremony includes several images of violence and grue that would have been even less tolerable in 1926 than the grimly modern premise of a hostile and amoral universe. The alien geometry of Cthulhu's island is conveyed quite effectively, although inevitably it is here that the film's technical limitations are most evident. At least one brief but startling effect, when a man disappears into the angle between two stones, shows that simplicity can still be a virtue.

Lovecraft himself believed that a weird tale should supplement, rather than contradict, the known facts of science and history, and that it should therefore be constructed with the care and verisimilitude that one would devote to a good hoax. By that criterion, <i>The Call of Cthulhu</i> is unquestionably a Lovecraftian film; indeed, despite the adaptation of various minor tales by Stuart Gordon and his ilk, it may be the only genuinely Lovecraftian film yet made. Its status as a labour of love shines forth from every frame.



Gerrie from Madison, WI
The Call of Cthulhu movie was spectacular! It was wonderful to watch such a creative and faithful rendition of Lovecraft's story. It looks like it was really fun to make too.


Greg from Anthony, NM
Outstanding film. The best I have seen concerning the Cthulu mythos. It is clear that this was a labor of love by folks that truly care about the subject matter. I await your next offering. Thank you.


Sarah from Dublin
I like this film. It's a great and very innovative approach to this work by Lovecraft. The idea to make it a "silent" movie was ingenious. I'm waiting, waiting, waiting for the Whisperer in Darkness (and am going to shorten that wait by getting Dunwich and Innsmouth the audio plays).
It's a must-buy for everyone who likes the Call of Cthulhu.



Michelle from Detroit, MI
This is a great short film! So completely different. I really hope you all made some money. The best part of the disc is comes in the special features. It's so refreshing and interesting to see "Hollywood" people acting like, well, real people. I learned a lot about just how easy, and difficult, it is to make a film with no money or backing, but still produce a quality product that delivers a satisfying film experience. I find myself wishing I could take the cast and crew out for a beer, just to chat them up about moviemaking. The film itself is almost perfect: it captures everything you love and hate and laugh at, when it comes to silent film, and silly/strange low budget sci-fi.

If you're looking for something out of the ordinary and are tired of cookie-cutter mainstream "blockbusters" and the like, this movie is for you. Someday a Peter Jackson-type will do a "proper" interpretation of the Lovecraft mythology, and the purists and newbies will finally understand and be satisfied. But until then, this is just the most adorable (can I say that about 'horror?') short film I've seen in ages, and a wonderful introduction to the innocence and glamor of a lost age of sci-fi and film. Great job, kids! Thanks.



Ryan from Port Jarvis, NY
We rented the film on NETFLIX and were so pleasantly surprised.

This is THE BEST adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story onto film/video we have ever seen.

Rhode Island Horror Rocks!



Max from Houston
HPL purists might not like the HPLHS version of The Call of Cthulhu. However, purists almost never like movie versions of their favorite stories which don't completely follow the printed page. HPLHS CofC is one of those. However, it works amazingly well. It is great fun to watch. If you were one of the people who played Chaosium's CofC role playing game in the 1980's then you immediately get the feel that it might be something you might have done when having so much fun playing a scenario with your friends. Any HPL or Cthulhu mythos fan should enjoy this film because it does such a good job of capturing the "feel" of the story. Anyone familiar enough with the writings of HPL will remember that feel was something he tried hard to caputure. I applaud the HPLHS folks for including the behind the scenes and making of extras on the DVD; they are almost as much fun as the movie! After seeing the extras I was able to appreciate the movie more because I then knew what the cast and crew had to go through to make the movies. Keep up the good work HPLHS!!


Charles. from Manassas
This is by far the best Cthulhu adaptation I've seen to date. There are Mythos inspired films such as 'The Thing' and 'In The Mouth of Madness' that are still in my opinion the at the top of their genre, but never have I seen a company take an actual Lovecraftian tale and successfully adapt it to film.

'The Call of Cthulhu' does just that. By using the effects of H.P.'s own era and utilyzing the silent film to focus on the sheer creepiness of the investigatory process and Lovecraft's eerie dialogues, this film is a scarring success.

I'm a huge fan of films that use era effects such as Bram Stoker's Dracula and Donnie Darko, and this movie 144% delivered. I came in expecting a low budget silly B flick and within the first few minutes knew that I had severely underestimated what this company was capable of.

I loved this film.

-C.E.Zacherl.



Siobhan from Nottingham, UK
I was really bowled over by the creativity and interpretation of the story! The sets for the island are exactly how I had pictured them whilst reading the book. Amazing!!!


Mark from London
Loved the film! Okay, the acting was a little dodgy in some places, but the overall effect of the film is undeniably atmospheric! Favourite part: the cult worshippers in the swamp. Looking forward to 'Whisperer In Darkness'. Personally, I'd love to see 'Dagon'.


Ben from Woodbridge
I bought At the Mountains of Madness show after seeing a lot of favorable reviews for it, and I wasn't disappointed. Having read the story, I found the adaptation to a radio program really well done, and I can actually picture the scenes as the men experienced them. I usually listen to this in conjuction with other Lovecraftian stories (The Lurking Fear for example).

This said, when the Dunwich Horror was announced, I hopped on it. I've heard the first Radio show based off the story, and this one beats it hands down, especially with the additional content which really adds to the story in general. I'm tickled pink!



Bret from Marina del Rey, CA
I've been an HPL fan since I was a child but it was always a lonely pursuit. Even friends I passed the books on to rarely commented on the stories due to the decidedly intellectual demands of the writing style. So, I assume like so many other HPL fans, I found solace in my clandestine joy and prayed for the day when such greatness would be revealed to all.

Imagine my reaction when I stumbled upon a group of truly dedicated enthusiasts who understood the nuances of my passion. This in itself was revelatory but I cannot put into words my jubilation upon finding the HPLHS had "'Craft'ed" a screen version of what is perhaps the greatest horror story ever conceived. With incredible excitement (but very low expectation) I sent away for my copy...

What can I say after viewing? Astonishing would be an understatement. Not only is the essence of horror resolutely captured, it is done so in a professional manner bespeaking those with a fine grasp of film making. And this on the razor thinnest of shoestring budgets. I was born and raised in Hollywood and most of my family is in the entertainment business, myself included. I've seen many a production depleted by dogged commercialism, hackneyed short-cutting and the general pursuits of greed. "The Call of Cthulhu" is obviously a labor of great love and I find it so absolutely refreshing that I must say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you, HPLHS!"



Caroline from Juneau
Awesome movie!! Please make more of these - I'd be more than happy to pay the $20 to see another one. Now all we have to do is convince our gaming group to take an hour-and-a-half to watch this with us, and you'll have at least four more new cultists...uh, er, fans. (And yes, that's my husband at the top of all the Bills below.)


Bill from Juneau
Superb! My wife and I just finished watching your excellent film. The first thought I had when I shut off the DVD player was "I sure hope they are making more H.P. Lovecraft movies!" Keep up the great work! (please!!!)


Bill from Olympia
I would like to know how I can join the HPL Society.


Bill from Olympia
This movie impressed me in the extreme.As you know, most movies made from HPL's writings were awful, like the Hebert West rubbish.Your wonderful silent film is a blue diamond, right down to the black lipstick all the men are wearing! The music is excellent.Even the engine telegraph on the ship is realistic.This sort of thing can be overdone, of course-- as it was in the quasi-western, "There will be Blood", which was like "The Story of Borax", which we had to watch in 7th grade. Retro films should be done only by people like you, who know what they are doing.

What next? And mainly,how do I join the Society? I have been an HPL famatic for about 40 years and once conducted a literary pilgrimage to his family plot at the Swan Point Burying Ground in Providence.





Bill from Conroe, Texas
I just found your website last night after viewing The Call of Cthulhu for the first time on DVD. I had not been aware of the film until now. Your film is by far the best film adaptation of a Lovecraft tale!


Preston from Origins
I wanted to write you you guys to express my admiration for what you have accomplished with your silent film, which I saw at Origins last week. It is a great accomplishment, and was both creepy and perfectly period. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!


Dominik from Das R'lyeh, Germany
I really love the work you guys are doing and I really LOVE your "Call of Cthulhu" movie. I brought it last year from ebay.de and since that time it`s one of my favourite movies. I even can hardly wait for your new movie "Whisperer in the Darkness".


Dave from London
Guys for a so called bunch of amateurs you have made a classic in every sense. This is just amazing and I am waiting on hooks for the next production.

From the opening credits to the end this is just perfect.

Thanks and look forward to the next



Richard from Dallas
I never would have thought of doing it that way. Brilliant! With all the bigger budgets that others have had trying to do Lovecraft, this is the most faithful rendition (not counting John Carpenter's Mouth of Madness - but that's kind of a knockoff of Lovecraft by way of Stephen King anyway). Your movie really does capture the essence of the story. Well done!


Buddy from Abingdon, VA
WOW, this is was fantastic. Next time you might want to hold on the title cards longer, as they go by a little too fast to read all the way through. Other than that, excellent job, can't wait for Whisperer In The Darkness!


Bob from Huntsville, AL
I just wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed your film The Call of Cthulhu. Not only have you disproven the claim that Lovecraft's famous story is unfilmable, you've disproven it with a visually beautiful, atmospheric piece of cinema that would have done Fritz Lang proud. Even if one is not a fan of Lovecraft's work, this movie is a wonderful antidote to the parade of computer-generated cartoons, vapid romantic comedies, and trite car chase/shoot 'em ups that fill our movie theaters.

I look forward to The Whisperer in Darkness.


Beaumont from Sydney, Aust.
I've been awaiting this for so many years, since early high school, in fact, where + when I first read Lovecrafts stuff. I had always thought His stuff would finally find it'd footing in Film, once Special effects found its own way.'Jurrasic Park' gave me Hope. If dinos like That could look photorealistic then ther Was a huge chance that HIS writings would also see their way into movie history. I loved; "The Dunwich Horror" but it just Wasn't the same one I'd grown up with. "Call" was a true breath of fresh air!
I now truly know that I ain't all on my own here, anymore.
I'm totally hanging out in brutal anticipation for the next one, the next C.D. I mean; "The Dunwich something" I've waited for what seems like an eternity of forevers already ! I'm looking forwards to owning my Own little c.d. copy. I will treasure it always, i will take it for walks and gift it with visits to the Beach and the fun park. And when I die, I will leave it all my worldly goods and chattels in my Iron-Clad Will. Lovecrafts work scares me into a terrible, ultra-paranoid situation and I'm torn between wanting his stuff to be placed into all the School Libraries, and wanting it Burnt, as Dangerous to the Mind, and to everyones well-being. I simply and honestly love it.
I can Quote huge hunks of it, but I've learnt Not to do that. Thanks for your tme, Bo.
Check out My website if you like; www.Beaujardine.com


John from Franklin, WI, USA
I've lost count of how many times I've watched <i>Call of Cthulhu</i>. It amply repays the re-watching, with more details coming to awareness each time.

Three words from earlier reviews also bear repeating: "brilliant", "triumph", and "masterpiece". The creative decision to make this a 1920's B&W silent film was exactly right, and was persuasively carried out, turning low-budget effects from a weakness into a strength -- as actual films of the period resorted to many of the same inexpensive techniques (minus computer/video compositing).

Thus if any flaw in execution merits mention, it's only that the picture quality and frame rate were perhaps a bit too high, and that slightly choppier live action might have been both more period and more compatible with the (lower frame rate) stop-motion animation. In this respect, the HPLHS apparently chose viewer comfort over authenticity. If that is a flaw, it's forgivable.

But the one omission I regret, and which the HPLHS should rectify as soon as possible, is that this movie should have been transferred to actual film, with one reel (and a score for musicians) being sent to a Providence, R.I., theatre for screening in 1926.

EXT. THEATRE. VIEW FROM ACROSS A QUIET STREET.
Mid-evening. The marquee and other exterior lights are lit, as are the lobby lights visible through the glass doors. Nothing moves. All is calm, all is still. Then, suddenly, a theatre-full of audience bursts out through the doors, running wildly in radial lines away from the theatre, in choppy motion and shades of grey, their faces clearly showing screams, though no sound can be heard.

INT. THEATRE. VIEW FROM MID-FRONT OF AUDITORIUM, TOWARD CENTER.
Flickering light from the screen illuminates the fronts of seats in the middle of the auditorium. All the seats are empty, save one: in the exact center sits HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT, his long and usually somber face contorted into an uncharacteristic grin of delight. He reaches into his popcorn cup for a fingertips-full cluster, and settles back into his seat with an almost audible sigh of contentment as he tosses a few popped kernels into his mouth and begins chewing.

FADE TO BLACK.
_______________


... Oh, and below the review form, is "carnivorous archictecutre" supposed to be "carnivorous <b>architecture</b>" (like the man-eating angle on R'lyeh), or "carnivorous <b>architeuthis</b>" (giant squid)? Either one would work....



John from Franklin, WI, USA
I've lost count of how many times I've watched <i>Call of Cthulhu</i>. It amply repays the re-watching, with more details coming to awareness each time.

Three words from earlier reviews also bear repeating: "brilliant", "triumph", and "masterpiece". The creative decision to make this a 1920's B&W silent film was exactly right, and was persuasively carried out, turning low-budget effects from a weakness into a strength -- as actual films of the period resorted to many of the same inexpensive techniques (minus computer/video compositing).

Thus if any flaw in execution merits mention, it's only that the picture quality and frame rate were perhaps a bit too high, and that slightly choppier live action might have been both more period and more compatible with the (lower frame rate) stop-motion animation. In this respect, the HPLHS apparently chose viewer comfort over authenticity. If that is a flaw, it's forgivable.

But the one omission I regret, and which the HPLHS should rectify as soon as possible, is that this movie should have been transferred to actual film, with one reel (and a score for musicians) being sent to a Providence, R.I., theatre for screening in 1926.

EXT. THEATRE. VIEW FROM ACROSS A QUIET STREET.
Mid-evening. The marquee and other exterior lights are lit, as are the lobby lights visible through the glass doors. Nothing moves. All is calm, all is still. Then, suddenly, a theatre-full of audience bursts out through the doors, running wildly in radial lines away from the theatre, in choppy motion and shades of grey, their faces clearly showing screams, though no sound can be heard.

INT. THEATRE. VIEW FROM MID-FRONT OF AUDITORIUM, TOWARD CENTER.
Flickering light from the screen illuminates the fronts of seats in the middle of the auditorium. All the seats are empty, save one: in the exact center sits HOWARD PHILLIPS LOVECRAFT, his long and usually somber face contorted into an uncharacteristic grin of delight. He reaches into his popcorn cup for a fingertips-full cluster, and settles back into his seat with an almost audible sigh of contentment as he tosses a few popped kernels into his mouth and begins chewing.

FADE TO BLACK.
_______________


... Oh, and below the review form, is "carnivorous archictecutre" supposed to be "carnivorous <b>architecture</b>" (like the man-eating angle on R'lyeh), or "carnivorous <b>architeuthis</b>" (giant squid)? Either one would work....



George from Sulea
You guys are GREAT! I loved the movie, and will recommend it to my friends at CWRU's Film Society for showing at the next CWRU Science Fiction Festival! I can hardly wait for "Whisperer" and I am very interested in your society. BTW, your sign up online does not work, so please email me at geovoice@yahoo.com with details if you get time.

Here is the website for CWRU Film Society: http://films.cwru.edu/

Many thanks, and keep up the good work,
George



Dana from Jamestown
This movie was fantastic! Ive seen indie horror films made with far, far more resources than this movie, however, Call of Cthulhu whips them all up one side and down the other. The makeup was awesome. Some of the actors even had that old school style of acting down pat. And the music was on a whole different level; especially Cyclopean Dreams. The two Cthulhu idols were really sweet, and if they werent so expensive Id probably buy one. Rley was really spooky; a city truly out of a human nightmare! And Cthulhu... I was really impressed... Id love to see him duke it out with the 1950s Godzilla, lol! The only nitpick I can really bring up is the superimposing of the sailors on Rley... it doesnt mesh too well. But other than that... a really great film for 20 bucks! I cant wait till Whisperer comes out, because thats one of my favorite Lovecraft stories. And if the Powers That Be are listening out there, Im begging you guys to do something with The Shadow Out of Time.


Nikita from Portland
I purchased this movie a little while ago and I have loved every minute of it.
This is the best rendition of one of the great Lovecraft stories.
I am more than extremely happy with this movie.

Their cinematography was great, their SFX were very in keeping with a film produced in 1926. The acting was wonderful. It is much harder to act when you know your voice isn't going to be heard. You need to have your expressions set the mood (though they did speak during filming. Some of which was rather funny [see the bonus features]).
They have done a beautiful job with this.

I am also very glad that they included a bonus/Making of feature as well. That made the movie even more enjoyable.
I hope you do that again with your next film.

I am so looking forward to their next release, 'The Whisperer in Darkness'.
If that is even half the quality of 'The Call of Cthulu' (and after seeing the trailer, it's equal to, at the least), then the new movie will be fabulous.

I recommend 'The Call of Cthulu' to any fan of HPL. You will definitely NOT be sorry.



Holly from Rapture
I just saw the movie (netflix rental) and I positively loved it! One of my favorite movies of all time was Island of Lost Souls--the worship scene kind of reminded of the end with Lon Chaney screaming "we are not men, but beasts!" Will probably come back and buy something when I get a few bucks and the bathyspheres start running again.


Ryan Mc Mahon from Belfast
Hello? Have you all taken a day trip with a pick nick basket to R'lyeh? I've been mailing you about orders for nearly a week now and have received no reply! I'd love to know when (or, if) my Miskatonic Hoodie and Cthulhu mug are on their way to Northern Ireland!

By the way- even if the whole customer service staff have been eaten by Shoggoths, the website and the products are excellent.



Romano from Cologne
Lovecraft would be so proud of this.


Jim from Cary
I would like some help with my customer service issue. I cannot recommend purchasing anything from this website based on my past experience here.

HPLHS says: Jim, we don't know who you are or what your issue is. Please email us and we'd be happy to sort things out for you.



Jack Loomes from Australia
Although the film The Call of Cthulhu was created with limited resources it has the appearance of a film substantially more expensive than I suspect it truly was. This is a credit to the production staff and actors as they have created a truly enjoyable and relatively polished piece.

The film is aesthetically pleasing with few exceptions (weak spots are few and far between). This is indeed a tall order in regards to making a film adaption of a Lovecraftian story, however HPLHS have achieved this comfortably. The look of the Call of Cthulhu is reminiscent of Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)which is evidence of its adherence to the conventions of silent film.

The Call of Cthulhu is one of the most faithful recreations of the Lovecraftian vision I have ever come across, and the 1920's theme chosen by the filmmakers has been applied with great consistency. The fact it was black and white and silent will I fear limit its appeal to the world beyond the fans of Lovecraft; in balance however Lovecraft's literature has never had mainstream appeal and perhaps this is an intrinsic part of its beauty.

I think this film deserves substantial credit for its contribution to the body of Lovecraftian films.
4 and a half out of 5



Marc from PARIS
I discovered "the Call of Cthulhu" in Providence (march 2007). It's a very good adaptation of the short story. I guess that "the Whisperer" will be better, just because of the sound ...
I did myself an adapation of "the music of E. Zann" years before, "The Transitin of Ulrich Zann". I was not so litteral to the story ...

http://marc.charley.free.fr



Antti from Oulu
I bought your DVD the minute I saw it, didn't hesitate for one second, and I have never regretted it. The movie is astounding, a beautiful combination of the eerie beauty of silent cinema and the sofisticated horror of Lovecraft. You have all done a wondeful job bringing this "unfilmable" story to the silver screen, thank you so much!


Scott from Glendale
Again, thank you so much for the hoodie as well as the film... twas a brilliant labor of love and I marveled at every frame from the boat on wavy glitter blanket to the Harryhausen Cthulu hisself. Steve, our wine guy, happens to have a large brain also and positively drooled over all of the film's nuances as well.

Kudos!



RJ from Chelmsford, England
As a long-time Lovecraftian, and sometime contributor to the literature, I wish you guys would have a go at filming one of my stories! Your dramatisation of "The Call of Cthulhu" as it might have been done at the time to story was published is both imaginative in its conception and dazzling in its execution. The attention to detail is astonishing. The music is excellent - comparable to, say, Hans Erdmann's score for Murnau's "Nosferatu". The "making of" documentary is enlightening and very funny. Everyone involved deserves praise.


Jim from Cary NC
I would like some help with my customer service issue!


Jeff from Bradenton, Florida
A magnificent and faithful production. I think HPL himself, from wherever he dwells Beyond The Wall of Sleep would be proud. The little details, like the use of the actual Fleur De Lys house, the stylized Cthulhu statues, period costumes and wonderfully surreal sets gave the film a kind of German Expressionist feels. Sort of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" meets Lovecraft. Very professionally filmed, acted and scripted. Kudos, Lovecraftians. This is worthy of theatrical release--albeit I fear theatergoers might be driven mad by the final sequences in R'Lyeh. I know it actually gave me nightmares, though I had a dream of Cthulhu many years ago that was more terrifying. Oddly, I believe it occurred around March 1st...


Jarod from Clarksville
Superbly done. The entire movie was a success.


Bryan from Elmhurst
The Film itself and the Combo merch = amazing! I am Truly very pleased! (Customer service was excellent as well by the way) Top notch!


Jeffrey from Burbank
Just saw Call of Cthulhu and I wanted to give the filmmakers a massive "congrats" on the incredible work. Very unique and inspiring. Shows what can be done when you have giant commitment and passion for what you're doing.


Martin from Reading UK
A faultless imagining of The Call of Cthulhu. Ought to be distributed in schools to awaken our children to the possibilities of film and the drooling insanity that will one day trample us all into the ichor from which we have barely emerged.


nicholas from san francisco
well after watching your movie i sat in silence pondering my fate after seeing this movie i had a strange feeling i was being watched...

it was quite an amazing movie, and the shots using almost forgotten camera tricks was quite brilliant. hollywood could definately take a lesson from all of you. congrats!

looking forward to seeing more, that is, if im not jostled by any nautical looking folk



Nicholas from East London, South Africa
Just thought I'd let you know I received my DVD just yesterday (just over two weeks delivery time; very fast by local mail standards) and thoroughly enjoyed it!

I can't wait until The Whisperer in Darkness is released so that I can enjoy some more Lovecraftian live action; much envy here at your achievements.

Looking forward to your future productions,



Natasha from Levittown
the film was beautifully shot and portrayed. i was very impressed with the production.


Mal from Australia
The first DVD you sent out arrived on Tuesday after it was missent to Jakarta, Indonesia! (Damn non-euclidean postal services) Sorry I haven't replied sooner, I've been watching it every day, its amazing. Massive praise for yourself and everyone else at the HPLHS for putting on such a fantastic show.


bjorn from san antonio, texas, u.s.a.
jesus h. christ! what can i say? i just got this dvd in the mail yesterday from netflix. the movie floored me! i was sure, i was watching one of the great horror films from the 1920's! i always thought, something in the art of movies, was lost forever when the"talkies" came along. what a pleasure, to see that the art of the silent film still lives!


George from London
Received the DVD, shirt and mug yesterday. I watched the movie today and was very impressed. I must confess that based on the fact that most HPL derived movies are awefull, I had few expectaions, however, I found myself gripped. Iwas astonished by how well teh silent movie treatment worked. The film soundtrack certainly helped to set the mood and teh filming with the close ups and skewed perspectives was superb.


The Call of Cthulu is one of my favorite works by HPL, and I felt that this film really captured the mood of the book; an academic who pieces to gether various pieces to arrive to a discover a hideous secreta that shatters his perspective on reality. Excellent stuff and I hope there will be more to come.



Enrique from San Jose, Costa Rica
esta pelcula es de lo mejor que he visto en toda mi vida!
es clsica, es aterradora, es toda!!ya espero la nueva que estn preparando. Viva HPL, Viva Cthulhu


Reuben C. Dodd from Broken Hill, Australia
Bloody fantastic! As a Mythos artist and huge fan of HPLs I am so happy too see a faithful rendition of one of his works. Well done guys. Now I just have to wait for "whisperer" to come out on DVD and Im as happy as a Deep one in brine!


David from ?
I found "The Call of Cthulhu" to be one of the best horror films I had seen in ages - very faithful adaptation -and love the teaser for "Whisperer in Darkness".


Vila from Bakersfield California
This is glorious. Absolutly faithful to the story. Done in complete 1920's film style. The only way you can tell it's a new film is by the score. OMG is this worth the 20 bucks!!

Thank You HP Historical Society!



Duane from Newark, Delaware
I have been an HPL fan for 36 years. I stopped watching Hollywood films "based" on his work because I would inevitably get ANGRY. I bought Cof C and I jumped up and shouted f'tagn gmlb'glui ndmfl'nhj Ia! Fantastic job guys! Its creepy, campy, fun and HPL would be proud. I can't wait for "Whisperer!" PLEASE tell me you intend to do "Dunwich..." and "Mountains..." too!


John from Washington DC
Great movie, definitely one of the best Lovecraft movie adaptations out there.



Flo from Germany
I was really looking forward to your movie. The story itself is one of my favourites. Until now I have seen it being transformed into RPGs, audiobooks, videogames, ... but I was still missing a movie. When I first heard, that a silent movie was made, I was frightened somebody might have turned Lovecraft's story into some kind of black/white arthaus movie with some cigarette smoking frenchman in a striped shirt holding monologues for several hours.
I thank the old ones, that you proved me wrong. You did a really great job and I must compliment you on filming it in black/white, it really adds verve to the whole thing and increases the atmosphere. And last but not least it makes the set look pretty damn cool while they didn't look that scary in color (as far as I can say from the DVD's extras).
Well, enough asskissing for now, just keep up the great work! I'm really looking forward to your (hopefully soon) upcoming version of "The Whisperer In The Darkness".
As soon as I got the money, I'll probably even get one of the Angell boxes (they look freaking sweet as well, can't stop backslapping you).


Brother MOLOCH 969 from Cleveland
The movie is a favorite of mine. At first viewing I was disappointed with the 'silent' aspect then after the second viewing, I realized it fit because had there been talking it would have ruined the feel of the film. For a movie that was shot in the producer's backyard and with as little budget as you had, I am impressed! Hollywood should take note of your film noir and make more like it. Less on special effects and more on story content. Thanks for making this film!


Mike from Wisconsin
A friend had bought the Cthulu Movie & I watched it a while back. It was just incredible! Even more impressive after watching the behind the scenes featurette, and seeing how so much was done with so little. I look forward to ordering the Whisperer in Darkness when it's available.


Jeff from Myrtle Beach
After seeing the trailer online I couldn't wait to buy this movie, and I must say as both a film maker myself and a big time Cthulhu fan I was not disappointed!!! Making this adaptation a silent film was genius, and the dvd has lots of fun extras to boot. I eagerly look forward to the release of your next Lovecraftean project!
A fan forever,
Jeff


Jeff from Myrtle Beach
After seeing the trailer online I couldn't wait to buy this movie, and I must say as both a film maker myself and a big time Cthulhu fan I was not disappointed!!! Making this adaptation a silent film was genius, and the dvd has lots of fun extras to boot. I eagerly look forward to the release of your next Lovecraftean project!
A fan forever,
Jeff


Blair from Wellington, New Zealand
I was VERY impressed by the DVD/movie (even more so than I thought I would be). Congratulations to everyone involved. (I saw the trailer on YouTube, if you're wondering which avenue of advertising drew me in).

In the film, I felt the swamp ritual scene perfectly conveying the degenerate horror of the cultists. I was also very impressed with R'lyeh looking like something from German Expressionist cinema from the twenties (which I'm guessing was the point) and looking all the more alien because of it. In hindsight, such a simple (yet ingenious) idea to make the film as a black-and white silent movie, but doing so allowed so very much to be realised so well.

Thank you again, and I'll see if I can't send some more business your way by impressing my friends with your cool stuff!



Jeff from Ferndale, MI
Over the last ten years, I've seen good films, and I've seen great films. However, I'd not seen a film that made my jaw drop and my belly jiggle with pure, childlike glee the way Call of Cthulhu did. The makers of this film are a wonder- in one fell swoop, they have given us the best (by far)film adaptation of Lovecraft, a stirring homage to the great silent films of old, and a lesson to creative people everywhere that, yes, YOU can do it, you can make your vision come alive with sweat and effort and good old-fashioned ingenuity. Bravo, bravo, and BRAVO! I am so looking forward to further productions from this team.


Ignacio Fuentes from Santiago de Chile
Well, I just want to thank you guys for making this awesome version of the tale... I have to say the whole work that you guys make, are a real inspiration for me; first: because you "create alternative worlds" that I always want to live in, and second: because I always want to make my own version of one tale of Lovecraft... and all you work fill my spirit of hope in keep the flame alive.

Excelent adaptation of the tale, if someone see this and he/she is thinking about buy it, I say: DON'T THINK IT TWICE!

Saludos!

Ignacio



Ignacio Fuentes from Santiago de Chile
Well, I just want to thank you guys for making this awesome version of the tale... I have to say the whole work that you guys make, are a real inspiration for me; first: because you "create alternative worlds" that I always want to live in, and second: because I always want to make my own version of one tale of Lovecraft... and all you work fill my spirit of hope in keep the flame alive.

Excelent adaptation of the tale, if someone see this and he/she is thinking about buy it, I say: DON'T THINK IT TWICE!

Saludos!

Ignacio



Chris from Cardiff, Wales
As a fan of Lovecrafts writings, I was pleasantly surprised to find The Call of Cthulhu movie on Amazon.co.uk, reading that it was produced by the HPLHS I was intrigued more than anything to see what the film was like.
When the DVD arrived I was filled with anticipation. I was entralled from the moment the DVD played from the Copyright Notices, through the Title Menu and then the Film, it was an absolute joy to watch. I have only have the DVD 4 days and I have watched it every singel day so far. I am in amazement and awe at how stunningly effective everything that has gone into this film has turned out. Some of the Scenes especially the Swamp and R'lyeh portions of the film are incredible, I am absolutely overjoyed with the film, the artwork of the DVD box, everything. To all the production staff, I applaud you, to the actors I salute you and to everyone else involved I congratulate you, for creating one of the best movies I have seen, let alone the best film of a love craft story I have ever seen.
The DVD now sits in the centre of my movie collection as the focal point alongside 300, Ghost in the Shell, Bladerunner, Dune and others. Without hesitation I can honestly recommend to anyone that this film is a must see and as a fan of lovecraft's work, I am truly greatful to have seen such a marvelous portrayal of one of Lovecraft's most famous works.
My next purchase will be the movie poster, as the artwork is brilliant, and the poster will look truly amazing framed and hung on the living room wall.


Paul from Columbia

Great film!
Really looks like the old silents. A great inagural project for the sociaty.
Good luck on your future projects.



the Curator from Brussels
I'm delighted by this expressionist film in the pure tradition of Dr Caligari or Murnau's Nosferatu.
Congratulations.


John from London
I took a chance on this after reading about it in 'The Lurker In The Lobby', a book on films that reflect a Lovecraftian spirit, (worth a read, it curiously omits the most obvious candidate, 'Forbidden Planet' - Morbius' 'My poor Krell' being close kin to HPL's star-spawn that yet were men in 'At The Mountains of Madness'). Also, I was charmed by the deft period stylings of the dvd box-cover. The film arrived early one morning. I opened the door to the postman, took the parcel, went back to bed, & had a curious dream that I watched it & found it disturbingly powerful & evocative. On awakening I felt certain I would be extremely disappointed when I sat down to actually watch it, but as it turned out I was wholly charmed by it. The HPLHS fellows say, in the 'making of' featurette, that they chose to make a silent version purely because it would be cheaper, but they are too modest: the film captures the spirit & style of silent films of the era really surprisingly well, & combines the melodramatic economy of the text of the sound-boards with the dense, erudite style of HPL himself very successfully. It is extremely respectful of the source material, as one would expect, and oddly compelling to watch. True, it's low-budget - the sea is represented by undulating cloth, for instance - but it's also skilfully executed - the true 'amateur' spirit in the Lovecraftian sense of skilled individuals coming together to create a piece of art purely for its own sake. If I had one cavil it was that the plot-device of the earthquake sinking R'lyeh, & sucking Cthulhu down with it, was discarded, leading to a slightly confused ending wherein someone unfamiliar with the story as written might wonder why Cthulhu didn't keep on following the ship & finish the narrator off. Nonetheless it is a triumph of atmosphere, highly watchable, oddly suspenseful, and, at fifty minutes, exactly the right length.


Jon from Atlanta, GA
I was very, very pleased with the DVD. It was far better than I had anticipated. Had it actually been released in the silent era it would have been a sensation. I have watched it several times and have really enjoyed it - well worth the price!

I'm really looking forward to Whisperer in the Darkness!!



Bernhard from Munich, Germany
Wonderful piece of work you did - and the very best way to film HPL i can imagine. Your movie has indeed become one of my best appreciated DVDs! Thanks a lot, and give us more of this, please.


Dave from Toronto
I thnk that The Call of Cthulhu was a pretty awesome little movie just goes to show what can be done low budget.
granted there are times when the limitations on the budget and technology show but the atmosphere that the movie has making it look like an old silent movie makes one look past the limitations. everyone owes it to themselves to find and see this gem of a picture.


Warren from Kingman
This is a full repost of a blog entry I made on this subject. It's been a while since I've written in this category, mostly because I haven't really seen anything worth posting on lately and I don't want the damned thing to turn into a monotonous whine about how movies were so much better in The Olden Days.

But you know, some of them really were.

I'm not talking about oldschool Star Wars*; it goes further back than that. There was a time when budget and practical restrictions made some things simply impossible, which forced directors to be coy in certain situations, and forced them to focus on things like story and character.

I can think of one very cogent example: King Kong. The 1930s version, black-and-white, scratchy soundtrack and stop-motion animation and all, remains the best out of the three movies that bear the title. The 1970s version was simply dreadful disco-era cinema camp cheese; and Peter Jackson, though he did a brilliant job on Lord of the Rings, seriously needed to lose his hardon for dinosaurs and giant bugs in his most recent foray.

There is one, and only one, scene in Jackson's 2005 cover that is superior to the 1933 original: When Jackson's ape died, you could see it in the way his eyes lost focus and glazed. I had never seen such subtlety in CGI before, and it impressed me.

Today, however, I am not going to talk about giant monkeys, nor spank their performances.** Today instead I'm going to talk about a movie that I didn't even know existed before Tuesday: The Call of Chtulhu, produced by the HP Lovecraft Historical Society.

For those whose minds have not been tainted by the eldritch mark of insanity, the background is deceptively facile. Lovecraft wrote what we call gothic horror in the 1920s and 30s (one wonders what he thought of King Kong), producing stories of intermittent quality dealing with more or less mundane subjects in the genre but giving them a very specific piquancy that he explored, in much greater depth, in his later works. August Derleth coined the term Cthulhu Mythos to describe it, but loosely it's a canon of writing that Lovecraft initiated and which has been borrowed from and built on heavily by his successors.

The Mythos covers a subject that, at the time Lovecraft developed it, was absolutely unique: The idea that the universe, vast and ancient as it is, contains life which is so old and so advanced it is unrecognizable to us (mere puppies still squirming around on our Earth-mother's teats) as anything but godlike ? or, as Lovecraft might express it, daemoniac. We're talking vast and impossibly ancient civilizations here, civilizations which walk among the stars with the sure, even stride of a master tour guide in untracked wilderness, beings so far above us that when they tread casually across our world they do not even notice our shrieks of unhinged terror as they leave deep, bloody footprints.

This concept was used, to great success, by Joe Straczynski in his five-year SF TV epic Babylon 5. The Shadows were a race akin to that of Cthulhu, or possibly Azathoth; and there were other ancient races as well who could be petitioned, at great peril, to lose their aloof stance long enough to offer assistance in facing a bitter, ghastly enemy intent on reducing the cosmos to a chaotic grey soup of entropy.

So the Mythos is now some eighty years' developed, and yet, in that time no one has ever successfully made a movie of any Lovecraft story. Herbert West ? Reanimator was simply cheese; The Curse (based on The Colour Out of Space, HPL's personal favorite story) was barely more tolerable; and In the Mouth of Madness was a John Carpenter film.***

Enter the HPLHS.

A chance comment in a thread on Pharyngula pointed me to their page on Call of Cthulhu, an extremely low-budget production created by a theater company. What captivated me was the absolutely unique approach to the storyline. Rather than try to set the story in the modern era, they chose to keep it historically planted in the 1920s, and chose also to shoot it as a black-and-white silent feature.

I was a little dubious, but watched the trailer anyway. Maybe it's because I'm into "arty" films already, and predisposed to enjoying something that's different enough to stand out; certainly it's because I'm a Lovecraft fan and have been for more than twenty years; but after seeing the trailer I decided to scoop up the DVD.

Boy, am I ever glad I did.

The decision to make the film in the 1920s silent style was, I think, a stroke of brilliance. As much as feasible the crew kept to techniques that would have been used by period directors, including miniatures, in-camera and simple-matte trick photography, and stop-motion animation for Cthulhu Himself. This forced them to rely on the pace of the story, lifting words directly from Lovecraft's work, and to rely on the ability of their actors to provide good facial performances.

A stage theater troupe was the ideal choice for this: they're used to working on a budget tight enough to hold air in a vacuum, making even relatively simplistic sets work sufficiently for any scene; and they're very good at the rubber-face expressions necessary for visible emotion onstage ? often the kind of mugging that was done in silent movies, since of course all vocal inflection was lost. All that's left is the soundtrack, which, by the way, is quite good. There are several places where the composer almost gave voice to Cthulhu's roars, and the cues are all nicely purposed to enhancing the imagery.

Given these self- and otherwise-imposed limitations, you'd think CofC would probably not be a high-visibility, action-oozing epic; and you'd be right. It doesn't want to be, it doesn't pretend to be, but ? here's the clincher ? it doesn't need to be. This movie (which, by the way, is less than an hour in length) is simply the minimalist interpretation to screen that its producers required of it, and for that reason alone I believe it is the most faithful and effective adaptation of an HPL story to screen to date. I'm quite sure that Lovecraft would have approved.

Bear in mind that this movie (as with others I've recommended here) is not for everyone. You do have to be a bit of a cinema nerd to appreciate it, and it helps a hell of a lot to actually know and like Lovecraft's oeuvre. If you respect the Mythos, though, and you don't mind the idea of transporting yourself mentally to a time when movies had no soundtrack save a musical score and essentially no special effects at all, Call of Cthulhu is definitely something you'll want to experience.

It took eighty years for Cthulhu to rise from the shadows on the cinema wall, and the irony is that when He finally did appear in all His glory, it was under the aegis of techniques that most have considered dead for more than two decades. But, as Lovecraft himself reminds us,

That is not dead which can eternal lie,
and, with strange aeons, even death may die.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a sunken city to try to find.
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* Which sucks so much less than the latter three efforts that I've formally decided that the entire Anakin story arc as produced by Lucas simply doesn't exist. There never was a Jar-Jar and a prepubescent Darth Vader absolutely never built C-3PO.
** Did you see how subtle I was there?
*** Which, for most cinema aficionados, is damnation enough.



kollos from Aptos, CA
Amazing, simply amazing. This film is so evocative of the period it represents that even the surreal dream moments have a 20s deco flair. The filming choices also take advantage of excellent techniques of the period. I can't say too many good things about this film.


Daniel from Koekelare, Belgium
I have to say: what a great job! (I'm guessing the people at the HPLHS are still waiting for their first "You stink!" comment, but you never know...)
Actually, the fact that no "famous" people were cast, adds to the strength: celebrities only distract one from the story.
It's fun to read the story again, having seen the movie... I can't wait for the Whisperer to be released!

Excellent choice also to have the DVD region-free, meaning I (mere mortal from a small country) was able to view it without any problem whatsoever.
And even though nothing beats Lovecraft's choice of words: the Dutch intertitles are a real treat!

Keep up the good work!



Nate from Utah
While it starts out and ends diffrently as I read it in the story, along with a few other minor details. The Stopmotion of Cthulhu himself was weird at first then i realized something. The HPLHS paid for this out of their own pockets, and with hardly a budget, this was a major endevor to try and pull off.

With that in mind I gave the HPLHS the Artistic Benifit for the chages and the Fact they actully pulled off some tough effects with out much of a budget and found this flick actully did a great job with converting an extreamly difficult to film story into a movie.

I give it Three out of four stars.



Jack from Burbank, CA
I'd like to praise everyone involved with this inspired independent production. Cleverly conceived, lovingly executed despite a modest budget, the Call of Cthulhu now rests in my collection alongside The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu and the Phantom of the Opera.


Brian from Oxford, NY
You did a spectacular job on the film. Not only is it an excellent and faithful adaptation of Lovecraft - no mean feat in itself - but it's a wonderfully realized film in its own right. Visually stunning, beautifully acted, brilliantly directed, great music, great sets, great animation. Making it a silent film was a stroke of genius. The "short subject" on the making of the film gives me even more respect for the problems you solved to create this. I'd also ordered your radio drama, "At the Mountains of Madness," and realized then that here was a serious group of artists. This is the most original film I've seen since Maddin's "Cowards Bend the Knee" and Ladd Ehlinger's "Flatland." It is GREAT to see folks not bending beneath the heel of Hollywood and mass tv culture, but pursuing their own visions in their own way. Gives me hope for our future after all. Keep it up! I'll be looking forward to any new projects you pursue.


Ken from Bullard
Imagine my surprise when I found this movie at home yesterday. My wife found it and knew I was a fan OF HPL so brought it home.

Of course I thought to myself "Oh great! Another butchered HPL ripoff." Wonder of wonders it was actually a great movie, and so true to the orginal as to hardly matter!



Gary from Terre Haute, IN
The movie is absolutely fantastic! Finally a good Lovecraft adaptation.
I've been waiting a long time for this and I am glad it has now happened.
I just got it in the mail today, I am going to go watch it again!
FANTASTIC! I hope you guys do other Lovecraft stories as well.


Markus from Bern
The movie is pretty amazing, coulden't resist to watch it twice. Hope to see some more in the Future.
Keep uo the good work.

Three tentacles up ;)



Martin Holt from Havre
Like most fans of HP Lovecraft, I await the opening of each Mythos-related movie with a mixture of anticipation and forboding--anticipation that the film will finally get it right, and forboding that they probably won't. Even the best adaptations ("Resurrected' and 'Reanimator' come to mind) make me long for someone who really knows the material. (As for the worst--'Necronomicon,' anyone?--don't ask.) It therefore makes perfect sense that the best Lovecraft adaptation ever came as a complete surprise.
First, the story. After viewing the movie, I reread 'Call,' and found maybe two or three variations, none of which mattered. Moreover, the creators captured the feel of the 1920's perfectly (although some of the frames did not feel like historical silent film footage, the overall motif did the concept justice.)
Second, the effects. 'Call' was a blinding example of how to make a monster movie on a shoestring budget. In any other movie, a rubber stop-motion beastie stomping around a cardboard city would inspire laughter and disdain, and rightly so. In a deliberately primitive rendering of a silent film, it worked beautifully. One scene in particular made me rewind two or three times--when the sailor disappeared in the angle of the city.
In short, a fantastic piece of work. If only someone in Hollywood could figure out the basic lessons taught by this simple piece of art. Can't wait to hear the 'Mountains' radio play!


James from London
Just so you know, the order came, and i'm very pleased indeed! The Call of Cthulhu was suitably sanity-drainingly enjoyable. i did find myself driven into the safety of a new Dark Age as my mind correlated the information presented in the film. When Cthulhu wakes up, we're all in for trouble, if he's like me when he wakes up after a lie-in. somebody should take him breakfast in bed and coffee.


Giordano from Ann Arbor, MI
I can scarce contain an uncharacteristic ebullience (being more habituated to a saturnine mien, yes! -perhaps some might say prone to a surfeit of black
bile) at the inestimable work wrought through your troublingly obsessive devotion to HPL. I refer, as you surely already surmise, to your priceless mute
movie opus "The Call of Cthulu" - the only cinematic exercise I have witnessed that truly transfixes the Lovecraftgeist. I can only fervidly entreat with earnest and humble orisons that you will give consideration to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" as a successor.


Tom from Fargo
Wow! What a great movie. It really got the feel of a silent-era film down and was extremely engaging. After seeing Spiderman 3 this weekend and then watching CoC, I must say that I liked the latter better. Sure the special effects of S3 were impressive, but what is more impressive is doing a lot with very little money. Anyone can make a blockbuster with $258M, but not everyone can truly bring to life a story which many would argue was unfilmable...until now!


Hans from Berlin
I received the DVD today and watched it immediately. It is a great adaption
of Lovecrafts story and I just wanted to say that I enjoyed to watch your
movie. Hopefully we will see more adaptions soon! It was worth the money.
100%.
Great Job.


Joe from Carlinville
Far and away the best adaptation for film of an H.P. Lovecraft story that I've ever seen. Great work from start to finish. It's everthing a Lovecraft fan could want. I've watched it at least a half dozen times over the past year and hmmm, think I'll go watch it again. Also, the soundtrack is fantastic and it gets a lot of play at my house.


Robert from Ancient Oxford, olde England
Fantastic, been a fan of Lovecraft for many years and this is undoubtably the first movie to ever do the genre justice. All credit to your team for pulling it off with such limited funds.Can we have The Lurker at the Threshold next please!


N from Lombard, IL
I have been a fan of H.P. Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu for 20 years. However I have been greatly disappointed with the quality of movies "based on" the Cthulhu mythos.

I am pleased to say that the HPLHS "Call of Cthulhu" is wonderful and raises the bar for such movies! Having a silent movie in the 1920's style is clever and perfectly executed. The acting is great and the special effects are quite effective and not overdone.

Thank you HPLHS for this great movie. I most highly recommend it!



reese from los angeles
Recieved your film. Bravo! I watched it twice, and I want to see again with friends. Continued success on your ventures...



Dobromir from Hiroshima-Ken, Japan
I received the Cthulhu DVD and I must say I was extremely impressed! Excellent work, especially with the depiction of Ry'leh and Cthulhu himself. It was actually pretty creepy.


Nick from Plymouth, UK
I have watched the Cthulhu film - which is extremely well done, I wouldn't have imagined it would work as a silent film but obviously my imagination is not as good as the HPLHS's! Also I very much enjoyed the documentary, almost as entertaining as the film itself. Felt a bit sorry for Cthulhu, though - never would have imagined an Outer God would get stage fright.


Mike from New Jersey
Hi. I bought your TCOC DVD at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, NJ a few months ago. What a find. I thought it was pretty damn impressive. Why can't Hollywood get off its butt and create something original like that. I've always been a fan of Lovecraft, ever since I was a kid. You guys read it perfectly by saying Lovecraft and this story in particular was ideal for a silent film treating. The attention to detail and the creativity involved that you guys displayed...wow. I was wondering what's next for you guys. Did you get any feedback from any major Hollywood studios/execs from this project? How about coming to a Monster Mania convention? They're pretty popular out this way.

What can I say. Homerun, guys.



Gesine from Galway, Ireland
I liked Call of Cthulhu as a film a lot. I think they did a great job.


Roy from New Hampsha
From the moment I saw the production stills on this site, and viewed the low-res version of the trailer, I knew that this film was being made by people who knew and loved the work of the Gentleman from Providence. Not a slick, box-office friendly attempt to suckle at the slasher/gore teat, this appeared to be an earnest and sincere attempt to FINALLY do proper justice to a Lovecraft story by retaining it in its proper setting - the 1920s - and by exploiting the dark atmospherics of noir film by shooting it entirely in black and white. I was a bit taken aback to learn that the film was silent, but the logic of that choice is impeccable: Lovecraft couldn't write dialogue or create character if his life had depended on it. A silent film obviates the need to hire a screenwriter, get him up to speed on what Lovecraft is all about, and ensuring that his ego won't spill over into the screenplay.

The cast and crew of this move Get It. They got Lovecraft right, with nods to Caligari and Nosferatu, and nice little period details like the ads in the newspaper next to the story of the Alert. Sure, there was a continuity error or two (I'm not saying where - part of the fun of watching any movie is finding them), and I thought a few scenes looked a trifle amateurish - but these are quibbles. HPL himself sometimes went over the top, and how appropriate that a work by the greatest amateur writer of the 20th century be filmed by an amateur film company! The pluses far outweigh the minuses. This movie made me smile, and I was unable to resist applauding at the end.

If you are a fanatical Lovecraft devotee (and you wouldn't be at this site if you weren't), drop $20 and get a copy of this DVD. You won't regret it, and it might just help keep these guys in business. I'd love to see how they might approach "The Rats in the Walls."



Bill from Wherever
Received my shirt & dvd yesterday afternoon - ultra fast shipping!
Watched the DVD last night and I really have to commend you and the HPLHS! You guys did an aaaaamazing job! Easily my new favourite Lovecraftian film! Any chance there are more movies in the future? My dream is to one day see a screen version of At the Mountains of Madness. :)


Frank from Miami
It was a lot of fun to watch. The HPLHS did a great job on this one.


jim from salem, or
Got the DVD a couple of days ago. Thank you! I enjoyed it very much. Excellent use of a limited palette. Very stylish and creepy. I love how all the little details combine to create an atmosphere of a world twisted or out of joint.

You should be proud.



Luke from Wooster, OH
I was purusing through the forums one day and Dean Valent turned me on to a short film that has been touted as "the most accurate translation of H.P. Lovecraft to film". So I promptly decided to look into it. I honestly have never read any of Lovecrafts work so I thought this might be a good place to start. I am so glad I didn't wait any longer.

This film was done on a shoe string budget by a rag tag bunch of Lovecraft fanatics who have started their own community known as the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. They do everything from reading his literature, participating in live action roleplaying, and writing feature articles on Lovecraft. To add to all that they even embarked on the impossible. Adapting what many said could never be done, The Call of Cthulhu to film.

The Call of Cthulhu is not a film that takes place in a single room or a single setting. This film has a fantastic creature, ships at sea, a mysterious island, and several other settings. So even if they could come up with millions of dollars this story is near impossible to make. But they perservered and made this film enjoyable all on a shoe string budget.

The story involves a man who is looking into the whereabouts of a fantastic creature named Cthulhu. All over there are strange cults who worship the creature and await his return. Soon he loses his mind and orders his son to destroy his work. But his sons curiousity gets the best of him and he must discover what the secret of this cult and the delirious dreams he is having hold in common. This leads to some amazing scenes involving boats and a amazing stop motion Cthulhu.

The entire film is shot in what they call "Mythoscope". Which means this is a black and white film with no sound. Essentially a silent film, which is perfect for a story that was written in the 1920's. This allowed them to do some things that they would have otherwise not been able to film. They were able to get away with a lot of things. But this didn't make the shoot any easier, as a matter of fact it probably made certain scenes more difficult. For instance during the boat scene essentially what they are forced to do is build a boat out of whatever they could get a hold of and simulate water by taking a blanket and sprinkling it with glitter. Than they have to shake the blanket while simultaneously having someone else make thunder noises and shaking a gigantic boat.

I really appauld the filmmakers and everyone involved in this film as they were able to make a film despite all the adversary. This film is a must see for any independent filmmaker. You can really see that you can make any kind of film from any script. This is truly great picture, do yourself a favor and check this film out.



Blake from St. Louis
By far one of the best adaptations of an H.P.Lovecraft story to date! The directors really recapture the feel of the old silent films like "Nosferatu" and send it slithering down Lovecraft's eldritch storytelling.


Richard from Montville, Ct.
Wonderful. I thought the film really captured the tone of the original story well. Nice job, guys!


Michael K. from Moers, Germany
This movie is absolutely brilliant!
All hail great Cthulhu that this movie has been made. The Mythophonic sound creates such an amazing atmosphere, which really thrills.
It also gave me new energy for my own movie project.


Richard A. Ekstedt from Long Pond, PA
Wonderful job-professional to the max! Read my review of this disc in FILMS IN REVIEW (www.filmsinreview.com) and see why people are flocking to this movie.
Great Job!


Mike from Melbourne, Australia
It's great! Good job bringing the Cthulhu mythos to life.


Nikita from Portland, OR
I received the video a couple of weeks ago and I LOVE it!
I have already watched it about 5-6 times since then. You did a remarkable rendition of The Master's work.

I would love to see this as a "talkie", as well as using today's computer effects. But I realize, and understand, the whole aspect of "reaaaly expensive".

Still, I say this, Wonderful job! Very beautiful. Awesome work.

I can't wait to see another of his works done on film.

Your movie is fabulous!

I think I am going to pop it in now! I am getting in the mood to watch it again.

Perhaps after it's finished, I will write another 'Lovecraftian-style' short story. I love his work and have written a few stories in his Mythos style. Creations of my own, and in my own HPL-inspired style.

The Master lives on.

Thank you for the DVD.



Eric from Puyallup, WA
Amaing. It is about time that a Lovecraft story was done right. I love the old feel. The stop motion effect of Cthulhu was great. Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to your next production.


Adam J. from Drancy - FRANCE
AMAZING !
FABULOUS !
A real great job, a lot of fun with the bonus, and great shivers with the movie !
Thansk a lot ! But I want more, more, MORE !!!


Steven from Reno, NV
Really an excellent film. I aspire to make silent films myself (if only because almost nobody does them) and The Call of Cthulhu is a great inspiration.


Jimmy from Columbus, Ohio
A friend and I (both HPL fans with film/television backgrounds) watched CoC last night, and came to the agreement that YOU NAILED IT! Any flaws aside, this is the best HPL adaptation we've seen. The "silent film" format worked perfectly in conveying creepiness and despair of the story. BRAVO! We'll keep an eye out for whatever's next!


Jeff from Calgary
My gawde!

What an incredible, inspiring production! I am throroughly impressed!

Thank you for producing it!



Bill from Studio City, CA
If I had any nerve, I'd phone you guys and risk the embarrassment of stammering and gushing over your beautiful, beautiful film THE CALL OF CTHULHU, which I bought on a whim last week and have since watched twice already. (Once with the clean score, once in Mythoscope.) The craft and care that you guys -- that your entire company! -- put into that film, really knocked me over.

I can offer you no higher compliment than this, and I swear to God it's true -- the night I watched it, I had DREAMS about that island city.



Stuart from Kearny, NJ
Call of Cthulhu is the first Lovecraft adaption I've seen that actually nails the material dead to rights. I admit, I was pretty much sold by the trailer and the packaging alone, and I was willing to go into the actual movie with a fair amount of forgiveness. To your credit, I didn't have to forgive much of anything at all. Sure, the cleanness of the video fought against the rough grittiness and oldness you strove for with the silent film look, and I didn't get to see the sailors of the Emma battle the cultist on the Alert, but everything else you achieved (from stop-motion Cthulhu and the cardboard R'lyeh to the lighting and make-up and acting) makes those small reservations seem petty on my part. There really needs to be more true adaptations of Lovecraft's stories of this caliber.

In short, the HPLHS has made my winter.



Larry from Silver Lake
This film is a waste of money. I've watched it before the silent film format make it boring and confusing. I did not really under stand a lot of it. Its missing key parts of the story. And lastley it a black and white silent film witch is only 25 minutes long and thay want 20.00 dollars for it. It would be cooler if thay just made a normal movie. Thay Could make it better and cooler looking.

[Editorial Note: See? We don't just post the good reviews. We will note though that the movie is 47 minutes long.]



Paul of Cthulhu from Bradford
The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society have long been known for their excellent audio productions such as A Shoggoth on the Roof and the Very Scary Solstice carol series. In October 2005 however they released what has generally been accepted as a tour-de-force of Lovecraftian media - a film version of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu.

Film adaptations of Lovecraft's works have often suffered either through budget limitations or a perception of what potential audiences would find acceptable viewing. With a few exceptions, Lovecraft's stories have been used as simply another source of story ideas to plunder and often mangle. The HPLHS version of The Call of Cthulhu is very different. It is an amateur work in the very best sense of the word, done by non-professional film-makers, for the love of Lovecraft - and yet produced to high standards and with reverence to the original story. It is the most faithful adaptation of one of Lovecraft's stories ever committed to film. The decision to shoot in a retrospective style contempory to Lovecraft's original publication (1926) makes it highly distinctive and allowed the creators to overcome potential production issues on a very modest budget, even for an independent film.

As mentioned, it is an extremely faithful adaptation of Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu, following the investigations of Professor Angell as he uncovers the horrific nature behind the world-wide 'Cthulhu Cult'. Directed by Andrew Leman with a screen adaptation by Sean Branney (who are the HPLHS), the film, originally shot on Digital Video has been subject to Leman's "Mythoscope" process, as has the attendant soundtrack - a method of taking high quality recordings and re-processing them to have the look and feel of a 1920s movie. As with a production of that period, the film features intertitles (explanatory text in between scenes) and cleverly the HPLHS have managed to produce them for 24 different languages, yes, 24, including Galician, Luxembourgish and Welsh to name a few (as well as more commonly expected ones); each can be selected from the DVD menu and the film plays seamlessly in the chosen language.

This is all very well, but is the film actually any good? In short, yes. The Call of Cthulhu movie from the HPLHS is a black & white, silent, 47 minute masterpiece. The acting, the direction and execution of the film make a truly entertaining and evocative work, add to this the sympathetic orchestral music provided by the likes of Troy Sterling Niles, Ben Holbrook & Co. and you finally have a piece of film-making that begins to do justice to Lovecraft's works, made by talented people with a long and abiding love for HPL, The Call of Cthulhu is the nearest you will see to a perfect adaptation of the old gent's works.

The DVD itself contains the 47 minute main feature along with an informative and hilarious behind the scenes documentary, as well as deleted material and the ability to listen to the soundtrack in modern high quality or the 1920s-style "Mythoscope" version. If you're a fan of Lovecraft, or even classic horror in general I would recommend you see this film, at least twice - once in your own language and again in Welsh - the closest you'll get to the proper language of the Great Old Ones...

Since its release the movie has done deservedly well, garnering awards at film festivals across the globe. As I write, the HPLHS are now beginning work on their next film work - an adaptation of HPL's The Whisperer in Darkness and this time it's a talkie... I can hardly wait!



Ernie from Bethel, CT
The movie was great!
The stop motion stuff was cool. It reminded me of the old Ray Harryhausen stuff. This was definitely the most true to the story version of a Lovecraft film I've ever seen. Most of the other films I've seen have a modern touch to them that kind of throws the story off (for me at least). Hope to see more of this kind of thing. (A "talkie" wouldn't be bad either!)

Have you considered possibly something like The Rats In The Walls? The scope of that is much smaller than other stories and probably wouldn't be as difficult to do...


David from Iowa City, IA
This movie was quite wonderfuly done, and I am impressed by filming techniques and such every time I watch. I appreciate how much work must have gone into this, as it must really have been a labour of love. Highly reccomended.


Tim from Hoschton, GA
I got the DVD yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I found it had a lot more respect for the source material and dignity than pretty much any of the other "H.P. Lovecraft-inspired" movies I've seen. Even Stuart Gordon could take a lesson from you guys in restraint- what I love about Lovecraft was that he did not tell or describe everything in blatant detail, he'd let your own horrified imagination do it for him. I think bare bones-budget horror movies like yours do that much better than the big budget ones; since they can't afford to show every little thing in super realistic detail, they use atmosphere and other techniques and evoke much more sincere dread and fear. The "look" was great, especially the makeup and costumes! The silent movie form works brilliantly for adapting Lovecraft's work, especially the use of the post-surrealist-style sets for R'yleth. You guys did a fantastic job- now, if you could just beat Guillermo del Toro to "At the Mountains of Madness" and show him how to do it right!! Seriously, though, great job. I truly hope you guys will try your hands at making more.


Scott from Milwaukee
I thought the film was very well done and I enjoyed immensely. I think that making it as a silent film was a brilliant move.


Jack from somewhere
Hello to all, I just finished watching my copy of the Call of Cthuhu DVD, and I can't possibly be more favorably impressed. It's just splendid: faithful to the story, production values, casting, acting, remarkable music very creepy, not at all cheesy, camera work, all superior.

Have you arrived at accepted pronunciations of Cthulhu and R'lyeh?

My compliments to all associated with this enterprise. I've been a Lovecraft addict since I was 14, quite a while ago, and never dreamed I would experience it visually, and so well done.



Bobby from Spring City
I htought the movie was great. My favorite part was the sailor falling into the angle pit on R'lyeh. It was an unexpected event. Thanks to all that made it possible and congratulations on a great job.


Robert from Kings Langley, Australia
Justreceived and watched CoC and was amazed! Not only is it a faithful adaptionof HPL's masterpiece but its also a wonderful homage to silent film. It just goes to show what a bunch of people who actually care about a thing can do! Kudos to Mr. Leman's direction - every scene is meticulous in its attention to detail. I think he really poured a lot of himself into this film. Just superb mise en scene (all credit to David Robinson's photography and montage too). Just loved that last shot of "the man" as he as he is wheeled into darkness.Great acting all round from people who were obviously not only professional but enthusiastic.

Nice to see the more naturalistic style of acting (featured in many later German and British silents) was favoured over the sometimes overblownexpressionistic style of the early 20s. I remember reading once that when "talkies" arrived many directors felt that the "art" when out of"moving pictures." I thinkyour silent film hasproven that a supposedly superseded and often unfairly derided cinematic form is still more than capable of delivering genuine shock, suspense and pathos. I am sure repeated viewing will only enhance my wonderment!

I could of course ask you guys to make another film in the future but ina wayI wonder if such creativity can be so easily repeated. The sheer amount of hard work and ingenuity that went into this film is plainly evident in every shot. A remarkable achievement!

I can only say thank you for bringing HPL's vision tothe screen.
PS. Gotta say Chad Fifer's improvs (therapy?!) on the Extras were astounding! Was he channeling Lovecraft or what!?! =)



Jan from Germany
the movie is one of the best adaptions from a Lovecraft-Story, much better than the most mainstream movies i have seen before. Please keep making movies like that.


Shane from Tingalpa, Australia
Thank you very much. I loved it.


James from Danville, VA
I have just viewed your film and thought that it was excellent. It did a fine job of capturing the feel and atmosphere of Lovecraft's stories in general, as well as being fateful to The Call of Cthulhu in particular.

I was also impressed with the skill in which the film was crafted. You folks did so much with so little! This became especially apparent to me after I watched the "making of" feature. The R'lyeh set and models translated very well, transporting one to another world. The other set piece that stood out was the swamp. That sequence was just great, I felt like I was watching a classic horror film from years gone by, and yet, it also had a surreal quality. The Alert and other sequences on the water were also done well. In fact, I didn't consciously register the fact that the cast wasn't on real water until I watched the behind-the-scenes. Oh yeah, and using the model cars! That was just brilliant.

On the whole, the cinematography was very effective, the chosen camera angles evoking a dramatic and creepy atmosphere. The director made good use of light and shadow. In particular, I liked the fact that Great Cthulhu was kept in the shadows (or just simply having his shadow used). This left more to the imagination, and gave the creature more impact.

The cast were all great, particularly Matt Foyer as The Man. He was the epitome of the Lovecraftian protagonist: a sensitive intellectual who is at once repelled by, and yet drawn to, the horror he is discovering.

All in all a fine film, one that I am proud to own. I look forward to your next theatrical endeavor.


Mike from Teddington (near London)
This is a brilliant film! It's extremly faithful to the original, which might have made it less successful due to the very different ways in which films and written stories do their jobs, yet in fact it worked very well as a film. Making it silent was a fantastic idea, and really enhanced it. Particularly good was the way in which elements of the story were strengthened, such as the dead bodies in the woods and the sailor falling into the weird angle in the rocks. I really hope for more adaptations like this!


Tony from Oxford (UK)

Seen the "Call of Cthulhu" twice now. All I want to say is congratulations. You guys cleatly put a LOT of effort into this. I'd rather see a small movie put together with love on a (clearly very short) shoestring than a big budget movie that's just been done for the money (Fantastic 4, for example). I gotta agree - black and white is a lot more forgiving than colour in cases like this. Looking at the behind the scenes footage and the cast list it seems like a real family affair - the way the crew also had parts in front of the camera.

Are there any plans to do any more Lovecraft movies. I see you say "At The Mountains of Madness" is coming soon. Please say that's the new DVD.

I keep having this image in my head of a modern police department having to handle this stuff. Like The Man said - "The cult lives on - and Cthulhu still lies waiting". Sort of a fusion of "CSI: Miami" or "Miami Vice" (the movie) and Lovecraft. Does that sound doable (even if it needs a major studio) - or is that just too warped for words?

Keep up the excellent work and I look forward to the next masterpiece.

Tony Morris (tonymorris57@hotmail.co.uk



Ph. D. L. from currently Tokyo
Bonjour!
I am a big HPL fan since long and even before having seen the movie, I was delighted with this idea of a B&W mute movie for I think that it's simply the BEST way to put HPL's stories and ambiance to screen.
I saw it and liked it very much!
There is this kind of movie's particular and magical charm that I love in the acting, make-up, costumes, "cheap looking" but efficient sets and optical tricks; the props are beautiful, and the story is well told.
I recommand that movie to everyone who likes HPL related stuff, or still desperately looking for a GOOD HPL inspired movie, or simply for cinema lovers.
The making is worth seeing and made me willing to be part of that kind of projects!
Let's hope there are more productions to come!
I also want to say that I received my dvd&soundtrack SO quickly here, in Tokyo, that I believe they must have used some blasphemous methods to deliver them, but I haven't developped any side effects yet, and they arrived in a very nicely designed -and efficiently protective- enveloppe actually, everything to make people very happy.

So, do NOT hesitate, the stars are right, it is still time to watch this GREAT movie before they change their cosmic pattern and again deny us the unspeakable revelations about what awaits humanity! (was that too much?)

Thanks to the gone-insane ones who had the courage to summon it!

Philippe

PS: I would'nt have shown Cthulhu, actually. I would have used shadows, terrorised faces... but maybe it wouldn't be as good as it is now.
PPS: What about Arkham Asylum shirts? (like doctor's, nurse's or patient's..)
PPPS: A pity there is no japanese subtitles, it would have been great!
PPPPS: Sorry for those negative looking points, my poor english, and too long a message!
Many thanks again!!



SONIC from MOSCOW
Thank you all for this film! ! - , , , . , , ! , , !
P.S. - , ;)


Rob from Cambridge UK
Brilliant! A great idea beautifully executed, thoroughly captures the spirit of the story.

Shows what can be done with some imaginative thinking and a real love of your source material. If only mainstream film had the same qualities!

Well done to everyone involved, I think HPL would have approved!



Zach from Tennessee
Let me just say that I got this movie as a gift for my birthday. I had asked for it and I thought it looked amazing (September 16) However I did not watch the movie until just the other night (December 20) Wow! Is all I can say. It was wonderfully done, the effects you guys used were simply amazing I was so drawn into the movie that I was hooked and just couldn't get enough of this one.
My only regret...was that I couldn't have been on the cast somehow! lol :-D I know it sounds silly but should you guys ever decide to film another one of Lovercraft's works, let me know and I shall be more than happy to help! I was simply amazed at your guys work and I really hope you all make another one asap. Wonderful job!
I call myself a film maker, but this has inspired me so much, it's out of this world. The words aren't coming to me correctly so I'll end this here, but top notch work!


Andrew from Sheffield
Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed the film, and am looking forward to the next one : D



Jim from London
Love the movie!


Edward from Belle Mead, NJ
Oh boy! What a fun little movie that was!! Much better than a alot of cra- that comes out of Hollywood. Only problem was I watched it with my 7 year son and had to read all the text to him.....and now he's running around drawing pictures of Cthulhu all over the place. Certainly this was quite a labor of love and I was impressed with the results you got from the resources available. Just goes to show that bigger ain't necessarily better. And you got a cute makeup artist.


Jason from London
The DVD arrived yesterday and I just had to say I LOVE IT!
I loved everything right from the faux-vintage mailing label and reciept onwards... I was already in the mood before the disc hit the deck. The film itself was excellent, it is probably my favourite novel to screen adaptation since Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and for exactly the same reason. Faithfulness to the original, in storytelling as well as ambience, I've read and re-read the story many times and watched the film with baited breath because it was so true to the vision of HPL.
My congratulations to all involved, I take my hat off to you.
I hope this is just the beginning.


Richard from Manchester, UK
I wanted to let you know how much i have enjoyed your filmed adaptation of Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu. It is of further interest to me as I doing film studies at university so the documentary on the making of the film was fun to watch as well. Thank you very much for the film and please make another one soon.


Jakob from rjng
Gorgeously horrific and against all force and cosmic order. Best Lovecraftian film to ever see the stars.


Roger from London
I have to say I loved the film! Absolutely magnificent! Stylish, atmospheric, with spot-on acting and visually superb, it really belies its low-budget. The decision to make it in the style of a 1920s film was the major stroke of genius. From that everything else flowed. The extras were marvellous in showing what amazing effects the makers pulled off. For instance, I hadn't realised the cultist crowds in the swamp were a handful of extras duplicated. Even little shots such as the Fleur de Lys house with the view of the old town beyond and vintage cars passing by were so incredibly imaginatively, and effectively, done. And the behind-the-scenes documentary really showed just how utterly vital to the success of the film the decision was to make it 1920s style - everything just looks so rich in black and white.. And what wonderful, sparing stop-motion which really captures the look of something by Willis O'Brien. And the music, what a splendid score! Exceptional work.

All in all, I can't praise it enough - even the DVD artwork and title graphics are perfectly pitched! It really could be a 1920s film!



Zander from Westbury, Wilts
I was mesmerised by this film. Stunned. If I had encountered it on TV, and missed the credits, I would have been prepared to swear I had seen an authentic 1920s silent film. The decision to do it this way was absolutely right: HPL's style of dialogue, the emotional pitch of his characters, suit silent-film scripting and acting so much better than the more naturalistic style of the talkies.

You have crafted a perfect gem here. I don't believe this story could possibly be filmed better. Well done to all concerned.



Robert from Kingsport, MA
Having seen just about every single HPL film made to date, I can honestly say that your adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu is by far and away the most accurate and visually stimulating piece of cinematic Lovecraftia I've ever experienced. I look forward to your future endeavors with baited breath.
Yours By The Blue Light Of Leng.
-Robert W.


Sam from Arlington, VA
Sorry about the late reply (I thought it was an automated message), I just got the movie. It was great. The props, the locations, the actors all seemed to fit very well with the classic films of the '20s and '30's. Congrats on making such a faithful adaptation of CoC and good luck on your future projects.


Cristophe from Luette-Saint-Denis, Belgium
Sorry for this very late response. You did a fantastic job with this adaptation of Call of Chtulhu. Congratulations. The movie is as expected, close to the novel. The choice of a mute movie in black and white reinforce the impact of the movie. Just fantastic. I highly recommend it. :-)


Fredrik from Uppsala
I got the movie and the shirt in the mail yesterday. They are really great!
The shirt was mostly just for fun, but the movie was totally awsome! I
especially liked the 30 minute "how it was made" feature, showing how much
they did with so little resources. I've gon on and recommended the movie
warmly to my old friends I used to play the Cthulhu roleplaying game with...


Ricardo from Lisboa, Portugal
Saw The Call Of Cthulhu yesterday. Loved it.
Congratulations! It successfully adapts Lovecraft's classic has it works
perfect and is a perfect homage to the silent era of motion pictures.


Stephen from Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Received the DVD this morning - and watched it straight away.

Absolutely wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed it - and hope you'll pass on my thanks and congratulations. I sincerely hope that you'll be undertaking more adaptations. How many bags of fake snow will you need to film AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS? I'll sponsor a couple of bags.

I cannot tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed CTHULHU - and will be certainly recommending it to my writer pals. Brilliant.


Jason from I don't know
Congratulations, this movie is the most Lovecraftian movie adaptation that one has seen. Well done, and good luck with any future films.


Sal from Pittsburgh
Wow. Simply a great film and an amazing adaptation of a classic HPL story.

The film's music score was superb, perfectly complementing the screen. One of the traits that really caught my attention was the film's design. Very well done and reminiscent of German Expressionist films such as "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." The angular architecture was true to Lovecraft's words and created an eerie feel of unreality. Similarly, the choice to use stop-motion for Cthulhu was perfect and added to the strangeness of the characters experience. Overall, the film (particularly the latter half) expressed an exquisite surreality.

After watching the film once, only one flaw comes to mind (though it may be that I just didnt notice, since I was so immersed in creepiness). I would have liked to have seen greater emphasis on the body language and expression commonly found in silent films. Simply a personal preference, but I think it would have been truer to the era. This opinion may change after a second viewing

Anyway, congratulations to the HPLHS for this great accomplishment!



Daniel Jacques from Mount Pearl
An amazing retelling of H.P Lovecraft's original short story. I always enjoyed the book as a child and the film was really well done. As an aspiring movie maker, this film really helped me in many way. Great film!


Someone from Somewhere
Thanks the movie was very good. It arrived a lot sooner then i thought as well



Andre from Hoogkarspel, The Netherlands
I received the DVD the call of Cthulhu and I liked it very much.
Its hard to believe , seeing the making of that you can make such a movie with so few means.
I hope we can expect more, but that is problably easier too say than to do.


Graham from From Beyond
I enjoyed the film immensely - the look and atmosphere and music really work
well to tell the tale and it's just the right length. It seems all the more
eerie for the 1920's silent film production also - which I love! - and
oinsidering the budget, the props, effects and costumes are great. The
project looks like it was a lot of fun to work on.


Bryn from UK
Thanks for the DVD - it arrived yesterday. It is an amazing movie - the expressionist style perfectly captures the feel of the book. I hope you will
continue to produce more films like this.


Jim from Mill Valley, PA
You guys are the greatest! Keep up the good work. Waiting with Innsmouth breath for the next movie. Love the props. Having great time with them. Trying to get the Millbrook Playhouse to consider "A Shoggoth On The Roof", but how to do the last scene? Thanks to Andrew and you.


Matt from Los Lunas, NM
I loved it!!! It was actually much better than I thought it would be...I am very impressed with how high the production value was in relation to how low budget critics seems to make it sound. The music was absolutely exceptional and very well produced. Even though some people seem to think that the stop-motion capturing of Great Cthulhu was cheesy or extremely low-rent, I felt that as a piece of work meant to capture the early days of filmography this was a perfect blend of creativity and artistic adaptation to the period. All in all, I was very impressed, so much so that I had it running all night on Halloween...those interested in the mythos of Lovecraft yet had never really read or understood it watched with intent concentration...simply put, it was enjoyed by many that night...


Pascal from City of Angels
Great movie!


Pascal from City of Angels
Great movie!

James from Thurston, UK
I know where im going to tell my missis to get my birthday presents from.

The film is awsome, totally blew me away, great acting and so atmospheric, best film i've seen in years, brilliant idea to do it B/W and silent.

When will you make another? I cant wait!!!



Bill from New Jersey
Your movie is an amazing achievement, and I wish I had met more people like you while I was back there. CALL is really an extraordinary achievement, and I can't wait to share it with our audience tonight!



Alasdair from Edinburgh
Thank you so much for the delivery of the Call of Cthulhu DVD, which was very prompt. I particularly liked the invoice ; very stylish and funny. The film I think is excellent, a very very good rendering of how it might have been produced in Lovecraft's own time, and just the right length. Full length novels rarely work as adapted to 2 hour movie adaptations, and frequently short stories work the best. CoC is a pretty short tale and you were quite right not to try to pad it out. The design work, acting, make-up, music etc are really terrific, and indeed one of the best attempts to put his work on the screen. The appearance of Cthulhu himself is just about right: less is more in these matters, though perhaps the attempt to portray the passage of the Alert through his body and his subsequent reintegration may not come off for those who don't already know what is being attempted. Your animation captures a quite creepy interpretation of the old god-monster, though I do anticipate that one day a truly creative CG artist might produce a pretty powerful version. All in all a terrific piece of work, very professional, and I enjoyed very much the "making of" features. The artistry of the idols is fabulous; I must admit I wondered how the swamp cult got hold of such a thoroughly contemporary portrayal of GC, but it's such a beautiful piece of work I don't really care. Well done all of you, and I look forward tremendously to your next venture.


Guy from Lexington, NC
I really enjoyed the movie. Any plans for another?



Hector from Sao Paulo
Last Friday I received the poster and DVD. An incredible work....


Mark from Cardiff
I think the film is absolutrely stunning.
I certainly WON'T be watching it in Welsh - like most people in Wales, I don't actually speak the language.




David Snell from Plano, Texas
WOW!!! What a movie, guys! I just finished it with my wife(who never has read Lovecraft, but loved the movie)!! I got the dvd AND t-shirt in jusr FOUR DAYS (none of the 6-8 weeks crap). You guys have really made a terrific flick!! I have been reading Lovecraft since I was a teen in the early 70s, and you have done a SUPRB job! The atmosphere was great, the camera-work... the AWESOME scene of the cultists dancing around Cthulhu in the swamps... OK, time to roll up your sleeves and make movie adaptations of: 1. THE DUNWICH HORROR, 2. THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME 3. THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH 4. AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS 5. FROM BEYOND 6. THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE 7. THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS 8. THE HAUNTER IN THE DARK 9 PICKMAN'S MODEL... Anyway, I would buy them all!! Do it!! DO IT NOW!!! Anyway, keep up the great work, you guys are geniuses!!


Michael from Grand Junction
A well done movie that stays close to Lovecraft's story.
Thank you for this movie !!


mark from freeport,ny
All I can say is bravo!! Superb!! You all should be proud the way you captured the flavor and spirit of HPL's work. The extras on how you did many of the effects and scenes were almost as good as the movie. It shows the same attention to detail that made Lord of The Rings so good...detail and true devotion to do a quality job. I would love to see it get an award for best adpation <Cthulhu with an Oscar!> If you are ever in my neck of the woods..please let me know..love to meet up for bbq/etc. Also, if I can be of any asistance in a next production<degree in photography>, state certified plant professional <insects, disease etc>, s/f fan, hpl fan, filk etc please let me know..you sound like my old gaming crew..very creative, sharp and fun to kill people...errr kill time with...again a hearty well done to all..sincerely mark luftig <the truth..the dhole truth and nothing but the truth>


Jerry from Bronx, NY
I bought a copy of Call a couple of months ago and wanted to write sooner to tell you how much I loved the movie.

I started reading lovecraft at about thirteen, and fell in love with his style.

Your film is the closest anyone has ever come to catching the true feel of lovecrafts style, and the silent black and white treatment of call was perfect to set the mood , you guys are real fans.



Nick from Des Monies, IA
I received my copy of the film in record time, and was impressed with the amount of devotion and love you guys put into this project. It reminds me why I love film and filmmaking. I'm ready to run away from my wife and kids and join the HPLHS.


Mohammmud from Wolverhampton, UK
I have to tell you the film is a remarkable achievement. It is a masterful adaptation of a really chilling story and so cleverly realised. Hollywood would be hard pressed to create something as powerful and as mesmerising as this. I feel very privileged to own this striking piece of art.

Thank you for an excellent service and for your kind, personal attention.



Matt from Shepton Mallet, UK
My uncle, who's 86, watched my copy of your movie and loved it so much that I'm getting him his own as a birthday present! I find it a really inspirational movie - not only is it done with such affection for the source material, I just love the way you've approached it, and your attitude to doing things on a budget.


Frank from Huntsville, AL
I just got the DVD today, and I'm very impressed. Excellent, excellent work. THE CALL OF CTHULHU (alternate title: THE CABINET OF DR. CALAMARI) is gonna find itself in my DVD player many times in the future, I think. It's just entertaining as hell, and the behind-the-scenes footage is well worth the watch, too.

I hope you guys do more films in this style - you've got it down pat, and I think black-and-white would really suit "The Colour Out of Space." I know I'd buy it, and the tee-shirt too.



Nevdon from New Delhi, India
Just got your film.
Thank you very much.
It is great.


Phil from Belgium
I watched the movie last night.
Excellent work! I'll probably use it to show to friends during a HPL Halloween party I'll throw in a few weeks.


Steve from Portsmouth, UK
The poster is pretty damn cool and the movie is EPIC! :D Even friends who'd never heard of Lovecraft loved it, and have been inspired to pick up Call the first chance they get. New converts, yay!


Lauren from Warwick, RI
The movie was top notch! It had the flavor and feel of an old silent film along with extraordinary direction and production. The camera work, set scenery and soundtrack were truly awesome! The film did justice to the vision of HPL- he would have been proud! By the way, I really love your invoice stationary- right there!


Joe from Oakland
My game group and I love the movie. Make more.


Dwight from Byron, GA
I got the movie and loved it. Very nicely done! :)


Charles from Jefferson City, MO
I received the DVD of "The Call of Cthulhu" and watched it late Friday night - it was excellent! I had nightmarish dreams that night, which was great. I have shown it to one friend so far, who thought it was a genuinely old silent film. It is probably the best Lovecraftian film ever made.


Patrick from Campbell, CA
The film was excellent and the packaging was awesome! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this.


Francesc from Salt, Spain
I writte you to confirm that finally i reicibe the cd and the soundtrack of The Call of Chutlhu.

I think that your work is extremly careful in all details, the film is a verytable homenage to Lovecraft but I think that is a homenage to the birth of the cinema. A real jowell!!!

I have taken a pleasing surprise when I have discovered that the film is intertitled in catalan (my lenguage) and in euskera all two lenguages comes from to two nations (don't considered like such) from the spanish State.



Kelly from Pocatello
A very good adaptation and the best Lovecraftian film I've ever seen. A+ effort, I can't wait for the next project.


Bill from Maine
I recently purchased a copy of your film "The Call of Cthulhu" and I wanted to tell you what a fantastic and fun time I had watching it on a recently cold and windy night here in Maine. It was inspired to say the least and my wife even got sucked into the story. This was a wonderful presentation and being a stop-motion fan as well, I absolutily loved the the grand appearance of the Great Cthulhu at the end of the film.
Thank you so much for such a marvelous interpretation.


Filip from Kloko
Cool movie! The city was just amazing. It is a shame there wasn't a spoken version of the chanting (in his house at etc.), but it looked great even written. It really brings out somethign hidden inside, something fearfull. Only Cthulhu looked a bit strange, but what can you expect from a star demigod.


Filip from Kloko
Cool movie! The city was just amazing. It is a shame there wasn't a spoken version of the chanting (in his house at etc.), but it looked great even written. It really brings out somethign hidden inside, something fearfull. Only Cthulhu looked a bit strange, but what can you expect from a star demigod.


PH from France
Thanks for the DVD and the nice packaging ;)
I enjoyed a lot the movie, that's a great job and gave me ideas for my own short movie currently in pre-production, in particular the use of models. I hope to see your next HPLS productions soon, mm, let's see... The Case of Charles Dexter Ward ?

Thanks and... encore bravo !



Philippe from Boulogne, France
The packet has just arrived. Wow, even the invoice is awesome. It's the first time I really enjoy receiving one! ;)


Peter from York, UK
I can tell you right away what I thought of the movie. Utterly great, better than I could ever have imagined being done with the story on film, and a thousand per cent better than most modern multi-budget movies. The use of 193Os style silent film-making techniques was brilliant; it not only created effective authentic feel for the time the story was set, but was itself a brilliantly realised piece of cinema, reminding me of the best of the old 'greats' like Nosferatu, Dr Caligari, Vampyr etc and with all the style of German Expressionism there, cleverly used to portray the weird geometry of the island (that bit where the sailor slips down a crevice that doesn't look as if it is there, fabulous!) I didn't think anyone would have dared to realise Cthulhu himself on film, but amazingly you not only get away with it, but present something utterly sinister. I shudder to think what modern special effects and computer generated images would have made of it!! The film maintained the tension of the story, it was absolutely faithful to the text, and yet it never seemed like just a film of a book. Incredible! Best horror film I've seen in years. I bought two copies to give my brother one for his birthday. We've been Lovecraft fans for 40 years! All the best and thanks.


Katie from Austin, TX
Very much like Call of C.
Keep up the creepy work . . .


Cornelia and Alex from Germany
We also finally saw Call of Cthulhu and were enraptured! How very detailed the
"silent" characteristics were recreated, from the expressionist acting and
eerie theatrically made-up faces to the lovingly created miniatures and typical
photography. And speaking to the screenwriter: the condensation of the story
was to the point. It was again brought to mind that silent filmmaking was a
wholly different medium than that with sound....not to think of today's
inflationary use of CGI! That said, it was a wonderful change of pace (and
quality!) from current motion picture standards.

We'll stick aroung the HPLHS and see what comes up next! :-)



lee from penzance uk
fantastic!!!!! took a while to get hold of a copy but what can i say ,the style of the film and the incredible score combine into what can only be one of the best films in the last 10 years. even more impressive is the way the dvd package has been put together!
if only they made films like this back in the 1920's who knows what kind of films we would have today.
lets just hope this film sets the standard for future lovecraft adaptations and isn't over shadowed by the slighty dodgy hollywood cthulhu film coming out soon .
just goes to show you what can be done on a small budget and with people who are really passionate about lovecrafts incredible stories........thank you


Bjti from Budapest (Hungary)
This is the best movie adaptation of Lovecraft's world. Great and beautiful.

Gbor Bjts
Fangoria Horrormagazin, Magyarorszg



Chris from Somewhere
Hi, I just got the DVD in the mail, and the credits just finished rolling and I LOVED IT!
Excellent job guys, it was wonderful!


Rajneel from Unknown
Hi guys,

Just wanted to drop a line and exclaim, gesticulate and gush over how good your "Call of Cthulhu" film is. I'm a HUGE fan of Silent cinema and I've seen countless silent films in the past ten years that I've discovered the genre...and I have to say yours is amongst the best. I honestly believe that were it made in the time it was set, it would be hailed as much a classic as anything Murnau or Fritz Lang could've offered.

Your film is a sublime, ingenius and artful work that is not only a great product of fraudulence (in your ability to so realistically recreate the feel, style and conventions of silent movies), but also a great FILM altogether. Definitely one of the greatest self-made, digital, independent films ever made. Your creative crew have a talent for not just being faithful and having a minute eye for detail...they are great filmmakers and can weave a story like anyone out of Hollywood.

I am so impressed and I've shown your film to countless numbers of people and will continue to do so. It's arguably one of the best things I've seen this year and definitely THE GREATEST 'fan film' I've ever seen. You should be proud of your achievements and of the respect and knowledge that you've demonstrated for your subject and for the medium of silent cinema.

You guys rock! End of story!



Kenneth from Bowling Green, KY
The film is not only "Cthulhu as it was meant to be seen", but also
LOVECRAFT as HE was meant to be seen. Your film was simply incredible. My
new brother-in-law from Dallas is a Lovecraft fan as well, and I was going
to gorder one for him as a "groomsman gift" , but, alas, I found out that he
already owned it!

Anyway, thank you for a great film, and I hope to see more in the near
future!



Black Squid McKid from Unknown
I thought the film was exceedingly well done. It certainly had none of the elements I've come to expect from amateur film productions distributed over the Internet, i.e bad acting, direction, and production values. All and all, the film was very well acted and directed throughout. The choice to make it an homage to the silent film era was not only very forgiving but added a whole other level to the production, that of truly making it look like a silent film, which was very well met. Only the quality of the acting betrayed the fact that it is a modern film. Having the actors ham it up a bit may have made the film look more authentically '20s, however, it may have detracted from the overall quality of the film so it was a good decision not to do it that way.

I thought the story itself was very well presented as departures from the original text were few and made sense with regard to the cinematic medium, in fact, you probably took more risks than not with the more difficult to film scenes.

I appreciated that in your transcription, you removed all of the racist overtones exhibited in the original work. I had wondered how you were going to do the cult scenes without it looking derogatory towards african-americans. Your answer was to side step the issue entirely by using white or racially ambiguous actors, which even added authenticity as it would have
been something they might have done in an actual '20s production had they not wanted to splurge on black face. You certainly showed much more awareness of these issues than Peter Jackson did in his utterly offensive portrayal of native-people in the new KingKong.

The special effects I noticed were well done in a 1920's sort of way and I was even more impressed when I watched the making of the film and learned that
there were many more special effects that I had not recognized as such. The cloth water and the model swamp were incredible. I had no idea that the swamp setting shots were a model at all so kudos for that achievement. Really well done special effects artistry can often be underpraised when it's so well done that the effects themselves are not noticed. When "2001: A Space Odyssey" lost the Academy Award for best Make Up to "The Planet of the Apes," Arthur C. Clarke remarked, "Did they think we used real apes?" Your
swamp scenes might evoke a similar response.

So, overall I was very impressed and immensely enjoyed the film. My only disappointment was that you didn't make a greater effort to portray the non-euclidian geometry of R'lyeh. I would have been interested to see how you would have shown the confusing nature of R'lyeh's architecture and was disappointed that you seemed to skip it entirely save for the one scene where a sailor disappearred where two angles met.

So, what's up next for the HPLHS?



Mike from Coronado, cA
Thanks. Best HPL movie I've seen.



Kathy from Some Unspeakable Place
OMG!!! More - I must have more!!!! Pleased tell me there are more masterpieces like this in the works. This is a movie I will NEVER loan. They must come to my house to see it. Have sent the link to a ton of people.

Congratulations on a masterpiece!



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Dave from Palatine, IL
your movie is a delight, a real gem. This latest order of mine is actually for my second copy to pass along to a friend.

This is a real work of the heart and you got everything right, I must say. You used theater people, for one thing, which was exactly right -- I mean, compared with using family and friends. You made wonderful use of modern electronic technology, your green screens and miniatures and so on. And you caught the period, and I'm not kidding about that. First, your props were right on the money -- I mean the press clippings and so on, right down to the period fonts and lead spacing. Beautiful attention to detail. And your players all caught the style of mid- to late-20s silent picture acting. You know, many people still have the impression that acting in silent movies was very broad and theatrical, but that sort of acting was really not all that common. I imagine that if one sees only silent slapstick comedies and a Valentino movie, that would be the impression. Even Lon Chaney played it big until late in his career. But most performers were very naturalistic and intimate, and that sort of intimate playing became more and more common right up until sound pictures came in. So whether by design or happy accident, your performers caught that mid-20s style just note perfect, at least to my eye.

The only minor complaint: that Lovecraft's story was written for the page and not for the screen, so there is no getting around the boxes-within-boxes narrative. In other words, your scenario was true to its source. That is Lovecraft for you. On my second viewing, it didn't bother me a bit. It has been a long time since I've read the story, though. Perhaps if I'd reread it before watching your movie, I wouldn't have noticed so much.

I am still bowled over by your design team and how well they caught everything so well about the mid-20s period. Really a good job.



Jason from Durham, NC
Great work, and major praise to you, Mr Leman, and the entire cast and crew. The 1920s silent film treatment was both inspired and creative. I loved the German Expressionist sets (a la "Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari") in the architect's dreams and on R'yleh. This was easily the best Lovecraft adaptation I've seen, and it proves that one doesn't need a bloated Hollywood budget to make a fantastic film. How about tackling "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" next?


Marc Van Kerschaver from Gavere, Belgium
Five minutes after its arrival the film was in the DVD player. Man, what a feast. I've been a Lovecraft fan for about 20 years. Lovecraft hasn't got a very good reputation on the screen but (with the exeption of a few good adaptions like Re-animator, From beyond, Dagon...) this is a true masterpiece. Filmed in stunning black and white, great performances, fantastic soundtrack, and most important, absolutely true to the story. This is a real labour of love, a must have for every Lovecraft fan. This is without any doubt one of my favourite "Lovecraft movies" to date.


Nate from Mt. Juliet, Tn.
You have done the impossible. This is the gold standard for Lovecraft films.

Thank you.



Stuart from Oxted, UK
I received my DVD of The Call of Cthulhu, bought through amazon, on Monday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I sat through it all grinning from ear to ear. The attention to detail, not only of the film itself, but of the graphics and the trailer is breathtaking. The type used on the sleeve is spot on and invokes the period feel perfectly. When I saw the poster in your shop this morning, I had to order one of those too!

I havent read the story for around 30 years but it always stirs something in me when I hear it mentioned and watching your movie brought it all flooding back. I must start reading HPL again.

I cant wait for your next production.



Erik from Aaslt, Belgium
I received the DVD in good order, and liked it very much! I love how the "feel" of an old film was reproduced with the quality of a more modern film. The menu's were neat too, and the music was very fitting! I will be ordering a copy for my brother-in-law soon too !


Trey from Chesapeake, VA
My wife and I are avid movie watchers. We recently purchased "Call of Cthulhu". We would like to take this oppurtunity to thank you for taking a very difficult task and making a movie that we feel truly captures the spirit and period of one of our favorite tales.

Your decision to shoot a silent picture in black-and-white was a stroke of genius. The atmosphere was wonderful. And even though the sets were makeshift, we had to see the Extras on the DVD before the illusion was broken. We also enjoyed your decision not to try and stretch out the film. Bravo to your staff and crew. Bravo to your music department and your special affects crew. We could go on and on...

We hope the major movie companies will watch your film and understand that no CGI or million dollar set is a substitute for great content.

We look forward to seeing more of H.P. Lovecraft's stories coming to life out of your studio.

Until then we will be watching "Call of Cthulhu" again later tonight. Truly outstanding work.

Thank you for a wonderful experience.



Larissa from Duisburg, Germany
the DVD and the poster have arrived and today we watched the DVD.

The film was amazing, especially the scenes in R'lyeh with the human swallowing angles.

My boyfriend (it was a birthday gift to him)can't wait to show the movie to his Cthulhu RPG group.

We both hope to see more in the future from HPLHS.

I just want to add one thing, the language selection has one fault. We clicked on german and the text appeared in galician and vice versa.

[editor's note: yes, we're sorry about the German/Galician mix-up. Both languages work, it's just that their buttons are mixed up.]

Thanks for this great movie



Robert from Aston, PA
I received the movie today and watched it immediately.
I had just finished re-reading my Lovecraft anthologies the other day and was complaining that no film had come of The Call of Cthulhu. A Google search showed me that I was wrong and that's when I ordered your film.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Watching the "making of" featurette gave me flashbacks to my days of working on my films from my post-college days, growing nostalgic to do that again, and wishing that my films had turned out to be even half as good as yours!

Well done and true to the story.
When can we expect your next Lovecraft-to-film adaptation...and which one
will it be?



Harvey from Dublin
I am a University lecturer in Film Studies specialising in Early and Silent Cinema and was informed about your film by a friend who came across references to it on line. I finally got around to ordering it only recently.

I have to say up front that it is a remarkable achievement and that I think the decision to ape the style of silent cinema was very much right for the material: a high concept idea, but one with depth and reason behind it as well as necessity and expedience.

So, in short, kudos all. I would love to see more work in this vein, not only in terms of Lovecraft stories, but many literary works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that present difficulties in adaptation in a classical continuity sound cinema mode. Bravo.



Mark from Lagrange, KY
Wonderful, simply wonderful.
Kudos to everyone involved.
You guys have done the impossible and I would love to see more.
Many thanks for bringing one of my favorite stories to cinematic life.


Chris from Los Angeles
We watched the DVD- it was awesome! I can't wait for the next opus. Maybe you can take on the Mountains of Madness.


Tim from Germany
I just became the DVD and it is brilliant.
Please make more of this.


Jim from Pocatello, ID
I received the package a day or two ago. Thank you. I loved the movie! I was very impressed with the Mythoscope and the silent movie/1920's effect. The whole production was excellent.


Tobias from Germany
This movie is superb!


Tristan from Munich
I got "The Call Of Cthulhu" on friday and watched it last weekend. And I really liked it! I am studying screenplay writing at the Munich Film School and read most storys written by Lovecraft. So I knew the story of Cthulhu before. I am just afraid the film could be hard to understand for people who didn't read the story. But I think it was a very good idea to make the film the way it would have been made in the mid twenties. I really enjoyed it.



Andy from Plano, TX
I picked up this movie at Comic-con this year, I had been meaning to order it for a while. I can now say that it was completely worth it. The score deserves extra mention.


Dave from Port Royal, SC
I love the DVD and can't wait to share it with my friends. I only recently discovered HPL and love the stories that I have read. It was great to find out about the movie that you all made and the novel approach taken. Congratulations on a very professional, entertaining film and fantastic musical score.


Steve from Denver

This is an excellent adaptation of a difficult to put to film story.

The film is very atmospheric, evoking the feel of a Nosferatu or a Fall of the House of Usher. I have minor complaints, but in the global scheme of things they are small compared to the strength of the movie, which I will get to shortly.

One complaint is that Cthulhu himself didn't "work", for me. Somehow a sense of scale was not achieved - maybe showing less of him, and letting the imagination fill in more, would have helped. Also, the combat between the police and the cult members was a bit cheezy (although the cult scene itself just before that was really well done).

But that aside, it was a great watch, and I'm glad people are doing stuff like this. The music is first rate and works well with the mood of the movie. The actors were talented, and doing it as a silent movie was a stroke of genius. You also managed not to mangle the story, as I'm sure mainstream Hollywood would have done. The sets were not perfect, but generally unexpectedly good given your budget. Clearly this was a labor of love.

I bought one copy of the DVD, and have recommended it to friends. I hope you do other HPL adaptations as good as this one.




Jeff from Holden, MA
As a further tribute to your film, my wife had a hard time believing "Cthulhu" was not filmed in the 1920s, assuming that it was of that vintage until we were crossing the parking lot to our car after the show. Thank you so much for your wonderful, wholly respectful-to-the-source-material (not to mention beautifully
soul-chilling!) production!


Dan from Cambridge, MA
WOW. Totally the way this story needed to be done. A silent film? Produced in 2005? HELL YES!

Everything from the DVD menu screen to the AMAZING score to the Mythoscopic and Mythophonic technologies to the wonderful stop-motion to the fantastic pacing, fine acting, and superb directing...what a job you guys did on this thing. It was awesome. I had such a good time. And the extras are great, too. I personally loved Wilson's outtakes. Small rats? Hot dogs?
Hilarious.

AND on top of all that, my plush "Summer Fun" Cthulu sat in the seat of honor (actually an ottoman) during the screening and HE LOVED IT!!!

Kudos to everyone involved. Good luck with any future endeavors in HPLHS filmmaking!!! Thanks for such an awesome and fun movie.



Jan Ziegler from Bayreuth
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!

Seriously - a great movie. The most pleasant surprise I had in years. I wouldn't have believed that you could so perfectly capture the setting and feel of Lovecraft. Special props for the eerie orchestral score.



Mike from Columbus, MI
OK. Holy shit. I and everyone I've shown it to think it was damn good. Black and white and silent was absolutely the way to go. I've seen a lot of film adaptations of a lot of books and stories. Some have been good (personally I liked Narnia) and some have been execrable (every copy of The Postman should be bought back, buried, and paved over) and I have to say that this has got to be about the best I've seen as far as tone and faithfulness to the spirit of the writing. It's nice to finally see something done by someone who get it. One friend told me that the swamp scene was pretty much the way he always pictured it. I liked the one guy disappearing into the geometry of the city. The score was really good. Altogether it was an excellent movie. I look forward to whatever comes next.


Henric from Germany
the movie arrived at saturday. thanks! as soon as i got it, i watched it and now i love it! a great movie! the stop-motion cthulhu is fantastic! i hope the HPLHS will do some more movies. i would love to see the mountains of madness (i know, a hard to film story) in a movie looking like it's been done in the 50's. the whisperer in darkness would also be great like this.


Duncan from Twycross, UK
I think it's a brilliant piece of work. I really enjoyed it


Jamie from Portsmouth, NH
We just got the DVD and soundtrack yesterday and watched it last night. You
guys did a fantastic job! I hope you go on to do more films like this!


Clarence from Anderson, CA
My take on anything Lovecraftian would first go by what I think the Master would say about it and am sure he would grant all filming "rites" to you. I've been an HPL fan since the 60's and this is best effort in any media EVER !


David from Laguna Niguel, CA
Wow... I was absolutely astounded after watching The Call of Cthulhu. As a Lovecraft snob I can honestly say that this is the first film to capture the spirit of Lovecraft so perfectly in live action. It's also a wonderful homage to the great silent Gothic films of the 20's. The angles, the shadows, the wonderful atmosphere would have made Lang and Murnau proud. I was pleasantly surprised at how well made the movie is, but after watching the "making of" feature, I really came to appreciate the raw talent and artistry that went into this movie... considering the budget and resource restrictions, the result is phenomenal... pure art! The acting is solid all around as well and the score was wonderful. I can't say that I'm disappointed in any way. And Great Cthulhu looked awesome!I'm definitely looking forward to the next Lovecraft feature... bring it on!!!


Didier from Alleur (Belgium)
What a great movie !

I really enjoyed it ! The music score, the atmosphere, the story, the actors, the old movie like special effects, the animation of Cthulhu on his island, everything was perfect !

Congratulations guys ! Amazing work you did.



Marty from Zumerzet, Egland
Thoroughly enjoyed this film. I thought it caught the essence of Lovecraft's work perfectly.THe stop-motion was great too!


John from London
I loved it.


Dave Barden from Truro in Cornwall near Ahu-Y'hloa
Even from the ordering process through delivery to watching this was a fantastic, if somewhat scary, experience! The DVD arrived quicker than I imagined from the US to sunny old Cornwall in England. (Mythos related i'm sure) Upon viewing I was instantly hooked, the cinematic score was outstanding and really hit home the parts of the story we both love and fear! The voodoo Cult scene, the apocalyptic finale, and the ongoing feeling of dread! From what I can only imagine was a small budget this is truely a fantastic piece of work and something that Hollywood should take note of, million pound SFX don't work, superior story telling and the ability to get beneath your skin do and that's excatly what this film does. 10/10


Dave from Rocky River, Ohio
Wow. Leman and company knocked this thing out of the park. Their ingenuity, attention to detail and passion for the subject matter come through in every frame. I kept waiting for it to suck (as most things eventually do) but, to my relief (and glee), it never did. Even down to the typography on the DVD case, the team got it absolutely right, and in doing so they give the movie not just an authenticity but a genuine charm. As you watch this movie and you don't just experience a timeless story imaginatively told, you also develop a heartfelt appreciation for the labor of love that made it happen. (The behind-the-scenes stuff on the DVD showcases the team's resourcefulness, and is nonstop funny as well!)


Steve from Carbondale, IL
This is the most accurate film adaptation of Lovecraft story I have ever seen. It captured the mood and story and didn't shy away from the "big budget" effects.

A triumph for fans of Lovecraft and Weird Fiction!

For HPLHS: Thanks for putting in all the effort!



Dana from Santa Cruz, CA
Loved it. Seriously, the best Lovecraft film adaptation ever. Very true to the spirit. What's next?



Jon from New York
I thought it was Fhtaghnly fantastic. And the "how we did it" programme was very inspiring. Great stuff.



Jeff from Rocklin, CA
I received it today after getting home after the weekend and just finished watching it.

Thank you. That was an incredible accomplishment you put together. I am awe-struck by the quality of the movie. When I read Call of Cthulhu I struggled to mental piece together a coherent image, yet you were able to bring that vision to life!

The acting was amazing, the special effects were quite effective, and the whole thing just came to life brilliantly.



Mark from Fisher, Australia
I got round to watching the DVD, and I loved it. I consider it one of the best adaptations/interpretations of Lovecraft for the cinema. R'lyeh lends itself readily to representation in a style reminiscent of German Expressionism (Caligari et al). The care that had gone into the composition of the mise en scne, together with the use of imaginative props gave the film a sense of reality that is often lacking in the weird cinema. (Yes, I am an undergrad film student)

Another great strength was the decision to use the format of the silent film. Whilst this might alienate some people, it added to the overall atmosphere immeasurably. The musical score contributed significantly to the efficacy of the film.

As a film, Call of Cthulhu is memorable as it shows that a group of serious enthusiasts can make a film that is entertaining and challenging, and a worthy adaption of Lovecraft's work. No unnecessary elements of gratuitous sex or violence were added: the viewer sees a representation of the story that is a direct representation of the story, with minimal mediation by the director(s) or cinematographer(s). As such. I believe it occupies a somewhat unique position in weird cinema. The only comparable case I can think of is the BBC's brilliant teleplay of Charles Dickens' The Signalman. All involved in the project deserve the congratulations and thanks of those keen to preserve and explore the writings of Lovecraft.



Roberto from Atlanta
Well, it took me forever to get around to seeing it, but I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your film. It's going right next to "Vampyr" and "Dr Caligari" in the mildly pretentious section of my collection, and I give you my solemn word to talk about it whenever appropriate. Which, I think, is surprisingly often.

Anyhow, thanks again for the experience you all provided. My nephew will be thrilled to see this as a fellow Lovecraft fan.



Chris from Smyrna, GA
I was hesitant to spend $20 on a 45 minute film, but buzz from the net compelled me to take the plunge. Needless to say, I don't regret the purchase. I've been burned on many internet influenced blind buys, but "The Call of Cthulhu delivered in so many ways. It's a labor of love and it shows in every frame. It's a testament to inspired low budget film making. It's the best Lovecraft film adaption I've seen. And most importantly, it's one of the best horror films I've seen in some time. If you're on the fence about this film, take my word and buy it...NOW!


Edward from Unknown
The movie was great. I enjoyed it. Great job!!!!!!!!


Jacques from Costa Mesa, CA
Like it? Cursed be the day where I viewed that hellish opus!

The whole time I was watching the movie, the damnable whippoorwills outside my window were shrilling and piping, until at the end they shrieked in rhythmical crescendoes of unholy anticipation. And the actor that played the demonic Castro? Never have I seen somone put so much of sheer hell into a set of features or a twist of expression.

Don't get the idea that it was all this hideous business of theme and setting which struck me faint. I'm not a three-year-old kid, and I'd seen much like this before. It was the faces, those accursed faces, that leered and slavered at me! While viewing this work of deviltry and morbidity, I began to analyze some of the points in my sickening loathing. In the first place, this repelled because of the utter inhumanity and callous cruelty it shewed in the authors. You must be a relentless enemy of all mankind to take such glee in the torture of brain and flesh and the degradation of the mortal tenement. In the second place, the movie terrified because of its very greatness. Your art was the art that convinced - I was seeing the daemons themselves and was afraid of them. You coldly and sardonically reflected some stable, mechanistic, and well-established horror-world which you showed us fully, brilliantly, squarely, and unfalteringly. God knows where you ever glimpsed the blasphemous shapes that populated this movie. In short, it was your technique - the cursed, the impious, the unnatural technique!

Did you not think of the consequences of handing out the key to such blasphemous outer spheres? Ever since viewing it, I awaken every night screaming from dreams haunted by eldritch powers of dimensions beyond the stars, and now I feel myself strangely drawn to some tomes of ancient lore that were left to me by my great-uncle who lived a very long (and some say cursed) life in Providence (R.I.) I have abandoned my scientific research and shunned all my friends, as I have started reading those ancient manuscripts, including his well- worn and red-stained copy of the Necronomicon, and I have caught glimpses of unnameable horrors and ancient evils. I sometimes mutter an unfamiliar jargon, and chant in bizarre rhythms. The aversion displayed toward me by dogs has now become a matter of wide remark amongst my fellow members of the science academy; a settled taciturnity absorbs me, and people are beginning to speak of a dawning look of evil in my goatish face. I fear some day the piercing together of disassociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas reality, and of my frightful position therein, that I shall go mad from the revelation.

Atys ... Dia ad aghaidh s ad aodann ... agus bas dunach ort! Dhonas 's dholas ort, agus leat-sa! ... Ungl ... ungl ... rrlh ... chchch ...



Adrian from Anger, Germany
That movie rocks, man!
I heard a lot of good things about it but I could not have imagined it to be THAT phenomenally good.......

Apart from this extremely close adaption (Howard would be proud!!) I mostly
enjoyed the way you guyz designed Cthulhu himself - any "high-tech" or
computer-generated monster would have spoiled the movie. It is as original
as it can be.

The realization of R'LYEH was also absolutely admirable. When I saw the "making of", I could not believe the way you did it - GIMME MORE!!!!

Admirable movie, funny extras and a unique soundtrack! That's more than we
deserve.......

There must be many, many people also around here who would LOVE it, too - if they only KNEW about!



Jerry from Princeton
"The Call of Cthulhu" is like finding a lost 1920s horror movie that's been locked in a vault for nearly a century. In fact, this is probably the best way to see a Cthulhu Mythos story, as Lovecraft himself might have seen it in a theater.

Down to the makeup and film artifacting, the attention to period detail is wonderful. Rather than make a vain attempt to create convincing modern special effects, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to use modern filmmaking techniques to create the feel of the works of masters like Willis O'Brien. The result is a satisfying look into the mad world just beyond the realm of sleep, as the filmmakers of his period might have envisioned it.

Skip the lame slasher movies that use Lovecraft's name to sell tickets and order this video for your collection. It's Lovecraft done right!



Conor from Belfast, Northern Ireland
watched "The Call of Cthulu" DVD last night and was really impressed. It was the best movie I've seen relating to the mythos and doing it as a period piece silent movie added hugely to the atmosphere. The score was magnificent and the staging wonderful. I found your website after missing a screening of the film in a local arts centre in Belfast, Ireland and am really glad to have got a copy of the film.


Ron from Martinez, CA
Absolutely brilliant..

Obviously a labor of love.

True to the spirit and the text. Both the Cyclopean masonry and the tentacular action are portrayed to a level ensuring my customer satisfaction. Expressionist sets are cleverly managed and gorgeous to behold.

Beautiful, beautiful piece Im blown away.

I first read this story when I was 10 or 11 and have been an admirer of it ever since. Read on camping trips with friends; a source of both awe and humor among us. Given mediocre track record of HPL films, and Poe films, and crippled by the constraints of transferring literary to cinematic, the stage was set for my skepticism. Your silent-film solution to the quandary of filmic/literary adaptation was a stroke of genius. The Mythoscopic and Mythophonic frameworks were devastatingly apropos.

A tip of the ol three-lobed eye to you geniuses at the HPLHS.

Heartfelt thanks to you for the enchantment I felt while experiencing your wonderful work.


Roger from Fleetwood, UK
Got it this morning and have just watched it - BRILLIANT. What a great effort, it's easy to tell it's been made by fans and the black&white is very effective. The geometric effects of R'lyeh itself and the swamp are superb set pieces. Good to see how innovative your effects were as opposed to just throwing money at something. The documentary is a good reminder of how ingenuity
can often more than adequately take over when finance is short. The Cthulhu clips in the outake section were a real bonus as it is not easy from the movie itself to see how much effort went into those scenes alone. Sure I would like to eventually see a movie with Cthulhu himself made with CGI or even animated like Ray Harryhausen's Kraken in Clash of the Titans but the chances of a Brian Singer or Peter Jackson taking the lead are remote for now.
Good to see HPL is still fondly remembered, I would love to see At the Mountains of Madness filmed as that was the first Lovecraft tale I read many aeons ago. I am taking the DVD in to work tomorrow so that a friend who is also a Lovecraft fan can watch it too.


sionxxii from The Hollows of Jersey
Great Film! The best Lovecraft adaptation yet! And I'm freekin' picky. Great poster art as well! An impressive labour of love from start to finish. As I type this, I hope another is in the works. We shall see...

Et in Arcadia ego...



Brian from Rockingham, VT
Really top notch work.


Randolph Carter from Providence, RI
The HPLHS have done what many through the aeons have believed impossible!

In a word they have 'channeled' HP Lovecraft from musty, arcane printed page to a dimension where no intrepid explorer shoud dare dream to take it, the Silver Screen.

The horrid, faint glow of the cathode ray, the eerie hum of the hellishly warm vaccum tubes somehow turned solid-state, and the stange tones of Mythophonic sound - as if played by some piper driven mad by dreams of a city no man should ever venture to...

All these combined to spawn an experience that touched the very core of one's soul; it was as if Lovecraft himself were telling the story in that darkened chamber of my living room.

Truely these are experiences I could not have imagined before, except in barely recalled fragments of nightmares. An infinitesimal glimpse of this horror may be felt using such arcana as the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or by cathing a fleeting glimpse from the periphery of your vision at of the Hand of the Demon. Things too terrible to recall!

This is truely an acheivement worthy of the awe of the Old Ones. Beware now, that the gaze of such beings may be brought to bear on your insignificant existence. Now will be known the terrible truth - Cthulhu Lives! Cthulhu dreams! Cthulhu fthagn! CTHULHU FTHAGN!




Scott Orr from Temple, TX
A fantastic Lovecraft adaptation. I'm normally not a great fan of silent films, but this is easily the best I've ever seen. Perfection!!!


Chet from Elizabethtown, PA
Congratulations! "Call of Cthulhu" was an absolute triumph, the best adaptation of Lovecraft I've ever seen. It's all the more amazing when one realizes the technical limitations you were working under. It was as though Fritz Lang or Carl Dreyer had directed it back in the late 20s -- the cinematography, the editing, the acting, the score -- all the elements (and the stars) were right. You guys really captured the Lovecraftian essence on film like never before. Well done!


Gary from Middletown, RI
A friend brought it over last night and we watched it. You guys did a wonderful job! I just had to get a copy of it for myself. It really captured the feel of an old silent film. The dream sequences and the scenes on R'lyeh reminded me of the Cabinet of Dr Caligari, which I can only assume was an influence.


Stephen Reed from Grimsby, UK
An utterly brilliant take on probably one of H P's best known stories. I only wish that all of Mr Lovecraft's work was handled in this way when transferred to the screen - superb!!

10 out of 10!



David from Auburn, MA
My DVD arrived today, and I'd just like to say that most of the reviews I've read are 100% accurate. "Call of Cthulhu" is, without a doubt, the best Lovecraftian film adaptation EVER! Not only was the film great, the DVD is also very professionally done. Bravo. You guys have outdone yourselves. I will be doing business with the HPLHS again in the very near future. Again, congratulations on a wonderful film.


mike from helston, cornwall
This is one genuinely creepy film! And the drums in the swamp...i hear them in my dreams...


Ben from Newcastle, UK
Perfection. Thank you, you wonderful people.


Mark from Greenville, NC
Call of Cthulhu exceeded my expectations. Very nice work. The shot of the sailor falling into the angle literally made me and my friends gasp; though the whole film looked pretty good, that shot stood out. And anyone who doesn't watch it in Mythophonic Sound is a tool. Hell, I even enjoyed Testimony of Randolph Carter. It felt a little like a super low budget episode of Dark Shadows. And that's not necessarily a bad thing...

Thanks for the fun.



Pete from Sunland, CA
I could NOT believe how amazing your Call of Cthulhu is! I honestly never expected it to be so lavish and so true to the story. The MAKING OF stuff is funny and shows you and your cohorts to be a talented and jovial bunch. My wife is sculpting a great CTHULHU as it happens and I secretly ordered your film to show her which she greatly enjoyed. I have a ton of HPL related art and comics of my own so you know I dig the spirit of what you guys did.

Now how about a DUNWICH HORROR? :)



Bruce from Columbus, OH
Well worth the price!


Jani from IISALMI, FINLAND
As a fan of mr Lovecrafts work for the past 20 or so years I`ve always wanted to see a film version of The Call of Cthulhu. Allthough this may not have been the adaptation that I was expecting but still I liked it. It kept honest and true to the story and the spirit was in the 20`s. I hope to see more from the makers since they obviously are fans who know the stories and the atmosphere of them.


Scott from Hillburn, NY
I just finished watching your "The Call of Cthulhu" DVD.

Brilliant. Completely brilliant. I cannot believe what a fantastic adaptation you guys pulled off.

I sincerely hope you have more such projects planned. I would love to see "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Dunwich Horror" or "Pickman's Model". Hell, in a just world some studio would give you a budget and let you make an Innsmouth series.

Anyway, thanks for the best movie I've seen so far this year.



Scott from New York
There's a good reason the word "brilliant" appears so many times in these reviews. This movie is incredible.

In a just world some studio would give these guys a budget and let them go to town on Lovecraft's entire body of work.



Jeff from Seattle
watched the DVD last night. What can I say? It's one hell of an achievement. Lovecraft's history in the cinema has been pretty dismal, and you guys have brought that sad streak to an end. Your version of "The Call of Cthulhu" is absolutely brilliant. It manages to be creepy, funny, and thoroughly entertaining, all while staying true to Lovecraft's original vision. Congrats - a worthy cinematic interpretation of Lovecraft has been a long time coming, and you have delivered in with vision and style. Truly worthy of HPL himself!

P.S. I love the poster too.



Dino from Washington DC
Received the DVD. An awesome achievement and a must see for all HP Lovecraft fans. The DVD is a treasure. How about a faithful "Mythoscope" version of "The Outsider"?


Massimo from Reana de Rojale, Italy
Well, i've seen the movie, and all that I can say is: STAND ALONE MOVIE. No one movie that I've seen is like Call of Cthulhu....

I make My compliments for the work that you and all the troup have done to make a great Movie!



Chris from Glasgow
More than just impressed. Nobody else should be allowed to turn HPL's books into film except you guys. Please God(s) this is the start of a series.


Amy from Frederick, MD
We really, really, really enjoyed it.


Ken from Elsewhere
I thoroughly enjoyed the DVD and eagerly await your next production. Although I'm no film scholar, I feel you've done a phenomenal job on a shoestring budget, successfully capturing the look and feel of a vintage film. The difficult story was well-told and understandable even to my 7-year-old daughter (who loves silent films because then she can read the title cards).


Kevin from Greenville
Great and faithful adaptation to HPL's short story. A little imagination goes a long way! Thanks!


Patrick from Los Angeles
Outstanding! Fabulous! A dream come true! Well done, guys! What's next?


John from Minneapolis
Simply put, I loved the movie. Even my wife who never read the story (or any of Lovecraft's work) started watching on her way to bed and couldn't leave the screen. Every part of your vision worked to pull us into another world and along the path of the plot. I am amazed at what you and all of your partners have done and I can't wait for your next movie.


Chris from Cross Plains, WI
I loved the movie!

It's been a while since I've read the story, so I can't say just how accurate the film was, but from what I remember it was dead-on. I think making it a movie of the era which the story was written was a stroke of genious. It allowed a minimal budget while focusing on the story and effect of Mr. Lovecraft's style. I thought the acting was excellent; I can't imagine many big-name Hollywood actors could do half as well in a silent picture.

Overall, I thought it was brilliant, and a very welcome deviation from the "normal" films I've been watching lately. And to finally see a faithful Lovecraft adaptation - Thank you!

Kudos!



Mike from Irvine, CA
I really enjoyed the Call of Cthulhu film. My girlfriend even thought it was an authentic period film, and didn't realize it was new until I told her. Hope you all are planning to do more like this.


Laurent from Geneva, Switzerland
I loved the "Cal of C. l" DVD!!!!


Alex from Chemnitz, Germany
Dear Sean,
I ordered two movies from the HPLHS's Archives, which were "The Testemony of Randolph Carter" and "The Call Of Cthulhu" and I just wanted to congratulate you, especially on the latter, which is in my humble opinion, the most authentic Lovecraftian Movie I've ever seen, and I have seen a lot wanna-be's.
I've got nearly all from Yuzna (I think "dagon" is not a bad movie though, even "Necronomicon" is OK) and the others, but they all missed the point in one thing, they didn't bring up the special Lovecraftian Atmosphere, which would take too long to explain but I guess (no I KNOW) you know what I mean! Just the great idea to put it all in b/w silent movie - the great & very grotesque backgrounds (especially the swamp and R'Lyeh - MASTERPIECES of film !!!), all that reminded me on such great experiences as "Professor Caligari" from the early days of film (when there were still some guys around to put money into good and NEW ideas...).
I admit, I expected another nice little amateurish piece for my little collection of Lovecraftiana, which I own, but I WAS OVERWHELMED!!!
After being haunted for two nights with pictures from your movie (no joke!) in fact I don't think anybody could make a better adaption for the screen.
Considering this being a almost no-budget movie...incredible!
I also liked the "making-of" very much, especially the artists dream of the tiny red eyed rats, very funny indeed.
So I'd be glad if you could let everybody involved in the movie, and especially Mr. Andrew Leman express the deepest thanks and best wishes of an humble Lovecraft-Fan from Germany, I'm concerned with Lovecraft since I'm 12 or so and believe me, you did something noone ever did before, you banned truely THE Atmosphere on film!


Neil from London
Just thought I'd let you know, I enjoyed Cthulhu immensly, it was absolutely superb, well done to you and all the others who helped to make it.


Terry from New York
Enjoyed it hugely, splendid atmosphere.


Daniel from Oakland, CA
bravo! the dvd and soundtrack cd arrived yesterday. i watched the dvd last night and it is amazing. i'm a silent film aficionado more than a lovecraft devotee, but i was delighted on both counts! thanks again for doing such a brilliant job.


Francois from Aix en Provence, France
I received the Call of Cthulhu DVD yesterday and watched it yesterday night.
It's really the best adaptation of Lovecraft's works. By far! I brought it to work this morning and everybody stopped working and we watched it together. And everybody loved it, even the non-HPL readers/followers.

Thank you again for that great movie, that beautiful hommage!



Christian from Germany
I watched the movie yesterday and it simply rocks.
The actors are brilliant, the sound is bombastic and the b/w colours make the whole work really intensive.
Few friends of mine also did a fan movie and i know how much work is in this one.
So.. when does Mountains of Madness hits the cinemas?


Miskatonic Amphibian from The Pond
Poetry!!! Pure Poetry!!! The only good HPL movie!!! Please make more!!!


Vlad from Los Angeles
GREAT PLAINS OF LENG!!!

I just watched the flick and I gotta say, BRAVO! Very impressive- I watched all the extras in the search for more forbidden knowledge. I'm just so happy that someone finally made a GREAT true adaptation of the old HP. I'm doubly happy that it was an honest to Dark Gods silent picture.

In conclusion: GREAT JOB. You breathe a spark of life into this old stupid town (on good days, I call it [the town] "sad and beautiful") and certainly made my week.

Ia Cthulhu F'htagn!



TIny from Athens, Greece
Hello from a very happy Greek fan of HPL!

I wanted you to know that I received the package and I really want to thank you for it!

My friends and I saw the film which was great! We absolutely enjoyed it! Congratulations on your great work!
For the next film.... If you ever feel you need a Greek translator for subtitles or anything, I will be happy to help!


Trolle from Stockholm
I knew I just had to own this from the moment I first heard about it; doing an adaption of The Call of Cthulhu as a 20's style black and white silent movie just seemed like such a brilliant idea. After having watched it, I'm happy to say the end result was even better than I'd ever dared hope. It's testament to just how damn well you succeeded that the only criticisms I have are utterly inconsequential nitpicks that I won't even bother to specify. The mood is perfect, the actors do a great job, the sets and miniatures are great (R'lyeh in particular - I practically jumped out of my chair at the "angle pit" sequence) and the musical score deserves special mention - simply beautiful. I hope the DVD sells a gazillion copies and that the HPLHS makes a ton of money from it. You deserve it. I hope we'll get to see other HPL stories adapted in Mythoscope in the future. :)


Ben from Akron
I just want to let you know how much I loved this movie. I am a sucker for old movie to begin with. I especially liked the old titles and the Cthulhu stop motion. I never considered a b&w silent adaptation, even though HPL's stories were written way back in the day. Thank you for all your efforts and I eagerly look forward to any future work you may do;hopefully, more Lovecraft stories. (or Ligotti)


Evan from Wantagh, NY
Honestly, that was the most truthful adaptation of a Lovecraft work that I've ever seen. The black and white, silent film style was perfect for the story and everyone was spot on in their acting. I think I felt just as unnerved at the end of your film as I did after reading Cthulu the first time. I hope you choose to do some more serious film adaptions of his work. I'd love to see you do a version of Dreams in the Witchhouse (I don't think the Masters of Horror version did it justice). Keep up the great work!

p.s. - Your R'lyeh was just like I pictured it reading the story. Creepy, right?



Todd from Regina, Saskatchewan
I thought the film was excellent. As a telling of an HP Lovecraft story, it is peerleess in its faith to the original..in fact it is one of the most faithful movie adaptations of literature I have ever seen (please consider performing this feat with Frankenstein!). I very much enjoyed every aspect of it; from the 'Mythoscope' process (I always felt that these tales should be told in black and white and even had an embryonic plan myself once to try it) to the music and everything else. Incredible work for which I deeply thank you and your crew. I really hope to see more from you in the future.


Andrea from Los Angeles
It was such a Joy to watch, perfect for in the dark scary time. I loved every minute of it.

I'm going to spread the word as best I can.



Brett from Grand Forks, ND
the call of cthulhu is my new favorite film. right on, nice work. mine eyes will be peeled for more. thanks



Jamie from S. St. Paul, MN
The film was very well done. I loved it. The formula you used (Silent and "Mythoscope" was great. You did a very good rendition of the "Call of Cthulhu" short story. I truly felt like I was watching something from the 1920's.....I do believe i will probably purchase the soundtrack shortly also.
My favorite scenes were the Cyclopean city of Re'Leih....very awe inspiring for the format used. I hope to see more such films from your organization.....Perhaps "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" or " At the Mountains of Madness"? I would love to see a silent version of either of them.....Thanks again, and good luck on future projects.


Brent from Glendale, CA
Total Superiour Product from Customer Service to the End result that which is the film.



David from Morehead, Kentucky
This is it, the H.P. Lovecraft movie you've been waiting to finally see. The thoughtful moodiness and stark atmosphere throughout wonderfully blocks out the memories of all the B-movie "talkies" that have come before. The well-chosen cast manage to wordlessly convey the emotional strain and stark horror pervasive in all of Lovecraft's cosmic fiction, all set cleverly against an impressionistic background of visuals that are remarkably effective.
It would be remiss to not mention the power conveyed by the stunningly haunting musical score which works to keep the viewer fully immersed in the mood of the movie, along with reinforcing the period feel of Lovecraft's era.
In all, a stunning achievement that could only have been accomplished by true devotees of the master writer himself.


Rich from Fremont, CA
I hope it's okay to respond to you here.

I really enjoy the looks on people's faces with the shirt I purchased, but more to the point, I have to say you've done an excellent job on the Call of Cthulhu DVD.

I'm not a big expert on Lovecraft's work (I can only read so much at a time), but I am a big fan of the horror genre, and I have to say that the movie you and your organization produced is probably one of the best horror films I've seen in a long time. You did a great job keeping up the suspense and capturing what makes horror good - it's not about gore, or high body counts, but its more about moods.

So you've probably heard lots of praise about the film. And you've earned it.



John from Brazil, IN
DVD received. Thanks for the prompt shipment. The film is great. Looking forward to more.


Paul from Birmingham (UK)
Bought the Dvd recently , but was unable to watch it for several days until my friends came round to watch it. When we switched off the lights & pressed play there was awed silence from Neil & strange gibbering & tittering from Richard !!, myself I was totally astonished that a Silent movie could be this good especially when I noticed that they only used "authentic" special effects in the making of the film. The actors were excellent, the atmosphere dark & brooding & the sound score was perfect.
So, to say that we enjoyed the film is like saying Lovecraft wrote a good horror story occasionally. A massive huzzah for the HPLHS & a equally massive "more please" too. Preferably with more tentacles !!!!.
Now I think I'll go & watch the film again.


Trish from Aylesbury, UK
You are totally brilliant! It arrived today -
Do you think it's ok for "grown ups" to sleep with the lights on after a scary film?



Samuel from Pennsylvania
That was absolutely fantastic. Wow. Bravo! I was curious how the silent picture would work out, but I found it a great mechanism to set the mood. I was also
concerned about the appearance of Cthulhu, but you pulled that off wonderfully. Quite frightful. And the score was excellent as well!


Fletch from Los Angeles
The movie was fantastic! Thank you very much!



John from Los Angeles
BRILLIANT!
I just wanted to tell you all that I really enjoyed this film.. Right up there with the Good Ones(that's good, not Old) Just great
Thanks


Matt Kelland from Somerset, England
Superb - without a doubt the best amateur film I've seen in ages, and unquestionably the best Cthulhu-related movie ever.


George from Lexington, Kentucky
Wonderful! A must have for any Lovecraft fan. Far better than the many alleged HPL films perpertrated by Hollywood.
I loved every minute. I cannot wait for their next film, which I will definitely buy. I would not change any of
this fine production. Unique and innovative.


Juan from Nuacalpan, Mexico
just to let you know my friends and i, we all love you movie, it was great,
the best version of a cthulhu myth ever.


Robert from Worcester, Mass.
I just finished "The Call Of Cthulhu", and all I have to say is, "Holy crap!" What a passionate, lovely little film.


Chris from Bristol, UK
Got the movie today. Watched it straight away. Loved it ! You've captured the essence of the HPL story, and the HPL mythos with all of the dream / non-human reality associations, in a way which I've yet to see in any of the mainstream 'adaptations'. I think the decision to treat as a silent movie, with all of the associations that come with, was absolutely right. Not only did that free you from the 'constraints' of CGI quality special effects (and I'm not being facetious here - I still find Harryhausen's Beast from 20,000 fathoms
infinitely more scary than the dinos in Jurassic Park), but it enabled you to tap into the mythology and associations of the great silent classics. I know in particular the 'non-Euclidean geometry' of both the dream sequences and the actual R'lyeh set, reminded me of Caligari and brought the same sense of unreality / dislocation of reality.

I would dearly love to know how you shot the film to get that really authentic, not quite realistic, silent movie look. Was it all done in post, or did your cinematographer do anything special to get that look.

Whatever - and this is getting far too geeky - massively worthwhile and enjoyable production, and a hell of a lot creepier than most mainstream productions. I can't see "Cthulhu" coming anywhere close (surprise, surprise). Keep up the good work and let me know of anything else you've got on the go. Compliments to everyone involved !



Duanne from Morris
An ambitious and impressive project. It's nice to know that a good movie can still be made without sending the audience on a CGI acid trip. The low-tech effects gave it a surreal quality that would do Tim Burton proud. Hollywood take note.
I'd love to see The Colour out of Space and/or The Shadow Over Innsmouth next.


DemonicD from Beyond the Vale of Reality
OMFG!!! This film is simply amazing, Thank you for this film. In a time when Hollywood is raping the art of cinema, it's so refreshing to see people make a film they obviously love and care about and are not solely driven by corporate greed. With out a good story and a crew that cares about the material, all the CGI, 5.1, High Def and overpaid actors don't mean Sh!t. That's why this movie means so much it's a Low Budget, Silent, B&W film, and its so much fun. Actually it's quiet refreshing I can't wait to see what you guys do next. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Maxwell from Aliso Viejo, CA
I loved the movie. I though you guys did a really good job creating a very moody and interesting film.
I really enjoy the packaging, the HPLHS letterhead that was used as the receipt, the cover art. As a well rounded presentation I am very impressed.


DemonicD from Beyond the Vale of Reality
OMFG!!! This film is simply amazing, Thank you for this film. In a time when Hollywood is raping the art of cinema, it's so refreshing to see people make a film they obviously love and care about and are not solely driven by corporate greed. With out a good story and a crew that cares about the material, all the CGI, 5.1, High Def and overpaid actors don't mean Sh!t. That's why this movie means so much it's a Low Budget, Silent, B&W film, and its so much fun. Actually it's quiet refreshing I can't wait to see what you guys do next. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Yelahneb from Wherever
what an awesome film - thank you! the "making of" segment was half the fun - such a dedicated crew. so which lovecraft story is next to be filmed? :)


Dan from Seattle
loved the film ... really think it's the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptation I've seen.
Don't know why no one thought of the idea of a silent before but it turned out really, really cool.


Marc from Edmond, OK
I love it. You guys did such a kick-ass job with it that I don't know where to begin or what to say. I can't imagine this movie being done any other way, no matter how much money or CGI is thrown at that story. Such a great job. No kidding.


rick from crossville,tn
this movie holds a very high place in my eclectic collection. by staying true to the story a masterpiece has been illustrated. how rare is that? if you like lovecraft, if you like movies, if you delight in rare beauty- you will love this one. see it, buy it, beg for more!


Wesly Moore from Los Angeles
I've seen a number of film adaptations of Lovecraft stories over the years, including the "Re-Animator" films, "Dagon" and "From Beyond" (a personal favorite), and "The Call of Cthulu" definitely holds its own. In fact, it's more successful than most at capturing Lovecraft's atmosphere and feel. Definitely worth seeing!


Barry from Anderson, IN
The Call of Cthulhu is a true work of art.
....real atmosphere and fear emit from the film...a favorable balance of vintage and modern filmwork......
...I DEMAND!!! the HPLHS to produce another silent film...


Alexandria from Jacksonville
I really can't adequately express what a joy it is to see a film adaptation of Lovecraft done right.
Any chance that we'll see some more adaptations in the future?!


Dan from Albuquerque, NM
Hey, I loved it. Film's at an interesting point as a medium where it's more accessable to poeple outside of the professional industry. Given that, a lot of the truely independent or 'homegrown' movie are very low quality. Your group made an excellent short film that is good because it is independent, not despite it. Long story short, I loved it, H.P. would be proud, and you're doing good things for independent film.


Dave Carson from R'lyeh
Awesome !


Wolmach AlMaida Becker from So Paulo/BRAZIL
long live to the Cthulhu Myth...

Espetacular iniciativa, inominlvel resultado, para a todos os admiradores da criao pura e imaginativa de Lovecraft, aos amantes da arte literria, e aos idlatras de Cthulhu, resta nada mais a ser o elogio, espero q os prmios do filme apoiem outros projetos, e ou outras verses mais produzidas, apesar do que, na perspectiva "clssica" imposta pela escolha esttica narrativa que o filme torna-se insupervel, uma obra rara e excepcional para a filmografia norte-americana (creio eu), por fim deixo aqui a sugesto literria para aqueles que j conhecem a toda a obra (disponivel) do Lovecraft
leiam 3 grandes cones da literatura fantstica, 3 autores argentinos q trabalham espetacularmente com temticas similares a Lovecraftiana, so:

*Jorge Luis Borges, foi amigo de Lovecraft, autor de o Aleph que influenciou as idias do mestre, e referenciou-o algumas vezes.
*Byoy Casares, o melhor amigo de Borges e seu pupilo...
*Ernesto Sbato, grande intelectual, que imps uma discusso dialtica com Borges durante dcadas a fio, seu oponente intelecto-acadmico.

solicitamente, Wolmar A. T. Bastos
Historiador discente, bacharelado e licenciatura...

long live to the Cthulhu Myth.



Kieren from Philadalphia
Bravo! I watched your film last night, and thought it was really wonderful. The sets, the acting, the music -- just superb. Most importantly, it was actually felt 'Lovecraftian,' which is something hardly anyone ever gets right. I'm not someone who offers praise easily, either. I normally shy away from "fan" projects because they're usually embarrassing or juvenile, but I read the glowing review in "Monsters From the Vault" and was intrigued. I was not disappointed, and will watch it many times, I know.

Best of luck with all your future endeavors. I will be watching for them.



Abel from Bronx, NY
I have seen the film. It is quite good, and the music is excellent.

H.P. would have been proud, if he would ever be caught dead in a cinema.



Suzanne from Knoxville, TN
I just wanted to drop a short note to tell you how happy I was that someone finally took the time to do call of cthulhu right, Ive screened it with alot of my lovecraft friends and they are of the same opinion, it was just perfect and it couldn't have been done any better....Thank You again!!


Ed from Villa Park, IL
Wow!

Just wow. Where do I begin?! I am pretty impressed with well, EVERYTHING!

It looks like a lot of love went into this production and it is great. Your choice to do it in black and white and silent was genius!

Saw the article in Rue Morge magazine and at first I thought this was a recovered "lost film" as with London After Midnight. What made me think this was the photo of the DVD cover. Man, it's awesome! Definitely a great knod to the marquee posters of that bygone age. The packaging is class act, oh, hey wait, the invoice-LOVE it! Keeping it! And the production- Fucking Aye! (Hope you are not put off by cuss words)

My first question was going to be "What swamp did you guys film in?" But I started to watch the Behind the Scenes and THERE WAS NO REAL SWAMP! COOL!! What sold it was the fantastic lighting, the look and also the shot of the men's feet trudging through mud. Love the Legrasse flashback and Legrasse himself. Watch out Inspector Pirot! And where did you find Clerence Henry Hunt? Obviously you transported him through time from the 1920s and put him in your film. Great performance! For me he's right up there with the great character actor Dwight Fyre of Dracula & Frankenstein! Would have loved to have seen more of him.

The story itself was engaging! I really liked it. Now I want to find my Lovecraft books from college and read The Call of Cthulhu and compare. Can't remember if I read it or not. And it was great to be reintroduced to Lovecraft in this way. My first attempt at writing a screenplay, way back in the 80s, was to adapt the Randolph Carter character and his adventures. Not sure what happened to it. It was a true pleasure watching your film! Your film also has inspired me and has renewed my vigor in completing my own DV short and finishing a few scripts that need tweaking before I send them out.

I know that you are developing The Whisperer in the Darkness and not sure where you are at with it, but I would like to offer my services as an actor to the production, whenever it starts and if my schedule allows, and if you even want to use me. I've attached a photo of myself. Of course any travel and lodging will be my expense if "chosen". I would love to be a part of your next upcoming film. And if not well, I will still be a big fan of The Call of Cthulhu and of HPLHS!

My best to you, Andrew Leman and the rest of the folks who brought this film to life!


Robert from Sacramento
I recently recieved my copy of The Call of Cthulhu and watched it this morning. I felt after watching it that sending an email to compliment you and and everyone involved for crafting one of the best films I have seen this year. I am highly recommending it to all of my friends. The total atmosphere of the film emulated silent films well, and felt completely contiguous concerning the context of the original material. The score worked perfectly to accent the overencompassing paranoia and cosmic terror ellicted by the material.


Joe from Oscar, LA
FANTASTIC MOVIE! Please do more!


Greg from Liverpool
Enoyed the DVD greatly! I think you can be justifiably proud of your achievements. It has inspired me to think more on a project a friend and I had in mind for a long while - a film version of William Hope Hodgson's 'The Night Land'. A difficult thing to translate to the screen I'm sure you'll agree, if you know that work!

T shirt was great too - in fact, I think I'll put another order in.


Harald from Hamburg
I received the DVD today and watchted it immediately - it's absolutley wonderful! I really love it. What a brilliant idea to make a silent movie in black & white ! You guys should do "At the mountains of madness" - and someone should give you loads of money, of course ! This is like Lovecraft adaptions should look like.

Hope you're doing another one in the future ?! Please let me know, if...
Thank you very much !



Howard from Gaithersburg, MD
Quite excellent, that! Just watched it the other night with my partner and her son, all big HPL fans, and we enjoyed it very much. Great adaptation, and lovely cinematography. Good job on the authenticity as well. The look, the style, and the characters manage to do justice to both the silent film era and the characters intended by HPL. The whole project really shines! Well, as much as something drenched in shadow can shine, anyway.

As someone who spent many of his college years reading HPL and making films, I have to say that this is a pretty perfect little gem. Well done!



Allan from Brooklyn
I saw my friend's copy of "Call of Cthulhu" last night and *loved* it. You
guys do amazing work.


Brunson from Seattle, WA
I saw the DVD on a rental recently and it was brilliant.


Rick from Long Pond, PA
I just watched the DVD to CALL OF CTHULHU. BRAVO! WONDERFUL! I hope to see THE DUNWICH HORROR next by this film company. Again-BRAVO!!!


James from London
The DVD arrived in England yesterday morning and I watched it last night. I thought it was marvellous! The decision to film it as a period silent movie was absolutely inspired and works tremendously well. Definitely the best HPL translation to film I have yet seen.

Please pass on my congratulations and thanks to everyone involved,



Dave from London
The movie arrived yesterday and I've watched it four times already ! It's a tremendous achievement. You've done a great job. I can't praise it enough. I'm off to watch it again now...


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Manny from Athens
I never thought it would be possible, but... "Call of Cthulhu" is THE best Lovecraft adaptation I've seen so far on film. It may not not be a verbatim adaptation, but it is well-written and well-played; most of the acting is top notch and there is some impressive camera work. The Mythoscope process succesfully replicates the 1920's era silent film but most importantly this movie is true to the spirit of HPL's writings; and that's saying a lot.
Two thumbs up! (...or tentacles for the initiated) Ia!


Ashley from Glendale, CA
DAMN.... great stuff, man. I was blown away by it on many levels.


Dan from Tucson, AZ.
I recieved the DVD yesterday right before I had to leave for work. I couldn't wait to get home and watch it.

This movie was absolutely superb! I feel that HPLHS really got it right. The decision to go for a black & white, silent movie style really brought the story to life in away that all the other attempts at Lovecraft adaptations have failed to do. The soundtrack is worth the price all by it's self!

I really appreciate that the filmakers stayed true to the story. It is refreshing to finally see Lovecraft's story treated with seriousness, respect and love.

I truly hope that the HPLHS will produce other Mythoscope productions of H.P. Lovecraft stories.



Mark from Hartford, CT
This movie is tight. I'm 35, and I've been reading Lovecraft since I was about eight. Gotta tell ya, I was very pleased. Especially considering the low budget you guys must have had. R'lyeh looked great, and that twitchy, stop-motion Cthulhu? Very nice. I'm in the middle of the "making of" featurette right now, and this was clearly a labor of love that really came out well. As a lifelong Lovecraft fan, I'd just like to say thanks to everybody involved. What's next, The Colour Out of Space? :)


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Ronnie from Spring, TX
I got the movie yesterday and watched it, It was great I never have watched a silent movie before but I think it was better than most of the crap big films do now a days. with none of the digital effects that take over movies now made it a plus. I enjoyed every second of it. I think the same people should make more lovecraft films. Please if you could in keeping me up to date with other titles if you have a mailing list put me on it.


Joseph from Littleton, CO
The Call of Cthulhu is amazing! This film was probably one of the best films of 2005 that I saw. I hope your society will continue to honor the work of H.P. Lovecraft by such projects in the future.


Niko from Turku, Finland
the DVD arrived some days ago. Amazing work, this movie really captures
the true HPL spirit in all aspects!


Brett from Oakland
The movie was great. I've been waiting for someone to make a true to the original mythos film. You guys have done just that. Perhaps when I've completed my film degree I can join you all for another endeavor. Keep at it, you demented fools.


Darren from London
I have watched the film twice and it is fenomenal: the aesthetics remind me rather paradoxically of both FRitz Lang and Luis Bunuel (the protagonist of your film even looks like that Surrealist Man Ray). You have managed to create a cinematic language with which to convey HPL's work and that is no small feat. Your film is the cinematic event of the decade ( perhaps of the century). It was long overdue and you have made many people very happy worldwide. Once again: many thanks!

ps: what a score!



Simon from Bristol, UK
Just wanted to say have just recieved and eagerly watched The Call of Cthulhu and loved it! It was so refreshing after so many awful films supposedly based on the works of Lovecraft to finally see one made with love, care, attention and real passion - and one that really worked in evoking the feel and mood of HPL's works!

Thank you! This is getting pride of place alongside my Arkham House books!


Darren from London
I have just received the delivery ( excelent service and promptness, I must say) and I have had a sneaky peak at work. You should feel very proud of your achivement because nobody ( not even a top film maker) would have been able to achieve 50 per cent of what you have adapting HPL. It is as if you have managed to enter the mind of every Lovecraft aficionado and create a film that satisfies everyone's expectations of what a Lovecraft adaptation should entail. The fact that you have managed, simultaneously, to recreate the 1920s aesthetics on top of it is just the icing on the cake. Have you won any film festival prizes yet? You certainly should. It is simply magnificent. Superb. I have been a HP fan since my early teens and you have brought Chtulu to life. Thank you. Finally a serious, professional and arty adaptation of his work.


John from Locust Grove, VA
The movie was great! Thanks for making it. It is remarkably well done and thoroughly enjoyable. I don't suppose the honorable HPLHS has any plans to do
any other Mythos oriented silent films?

In any case, thanks again for giving me a reason to spend money on something other than food and shelter. Now if I could only muster the financial security to
buy one of those statues...



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Patrick from Columbia, MD
Thank you, I received my DVD in a timely manner and I am very pleased. The style takes a little getting used to but I found it faithful to the story and utterly compelling.


Bryan from Galway, Ireland
just got the package this morning, Thank you very much. We are all delighted with the excellent quality of both the film and CDs. I was particularly looking to see if you would do the falling into the angle in the film and delighted to see it was included. Well done.


Nick from Federal Way, WA
I got to watch it last week. I had just picked up a copy of Jarhead, and I was a bit dissapointed by it and wanted to watch something that would probably end my night on a better movie note. So I popped in Cthulhu.

I really enjoyed it. There where lots of elements of German Expressionism in the movie - the cyclopean city made me thing of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. So I was immediantly drawn to those aspects.

The only qualms I had with the movie was the "mythoscope process". It seems to be really hard to make something new seem to be very old - that despite the process the film was still looked very polish and clean and in some cases modern, unlike a movie made during the 30ies.

But that is hardly a detraction from the movie.

I really enjoyed it.



Sidney from Somewhere
The movie was much, much more than we had hoped for!!! The acting and sets were superb! I received all of my order with no problems at all. I will be ordering more without question. Thanks for the wonderful website also!


Bill from Woodbury, NJ
Absolutley loved the flick. It was an amazing adaptation of the story. Would love to see the whisperer in darkness next if you guys get the time. Thanks for the great product!



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Sharon from Hill of Beath, Scotland
Loved the film - shows that enthusiasm & imagination CAN be better than a big budget.
I'd love to see a film of Charles Dexter Ward.



Sharon from Hill of Beath, Scotland
Loved the film - shows that enthusiasm & imagination CAN be better than a big budget.
I'd love to see a film of Charles Dexter Ward.



Sharon from Hill of Beath, Scotland
Loved the film - shows that enthusiasm & imagination CAN be better than a big budget.
I'd love to see a film of Charles Dexter Ward.



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Jim from Hill of Beath, Scotland
Loved every minute of it - its so good to have an adaptation of HPL concentrate on the atmosphere more than the monsters. The swamp scenes were particulary effective.

Now if you can pull off an adaptation of "The Colour out of Space" in B&W....



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Dak from Pittsburgh
As good as I had hoped for. My stepson thoroughly enjoyed it as well. (He found the resemblance between Castro and one of his cousins to be hysterical.) I highly encourage another such endeavor!


Denise from Ilford, UK
Well, I am going to have to join the throngs who've already told you that HPLHS's 'Call of Cthulhu' is terrific - it is. The retro look of the film is just perfect. If Willis O'Brien had animated Cthulhu he'd have looked just like that. And I liked R'lyeh done in that German Expressionist style, the narrator's and Wilcox's dream sequences especially reminding me of 'The Cabinet of Dr Caligari' and similar movies. Acting also very good all round; it seemed true to the period whilst not as OTT as in some old silents.

(The making-of documentary was also very entertaining, a lot more fun than these things normally are!)

I'll be looking forward to HLPHS's next production



Paul from Leigh, UK
A throughly enjoyable film, please give my highest commendations to all the cast and crew involved in this production. I sincerely hope you will make other adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft's stories to the same professional standard.


James from Snelville, GA
I received the DVD about a week ago. To be brief, your work impressed me. The effort, care and ingenuity you used making this film should be a lesson to all independent filmmakers. I look forward to hearing about any future projects, Lovecraftean or otherwise.


Dave from Ipswich, UK
Wow that was fast! It arrived this morning and i have to say even the invoice is a work of art. Fantastic stuff.

Loads of big fat slobbery thanks.



Jim from Cathedral City, CA
I watched this as soon as it arrived and I'm blown away! Incredible! This is the only film I've seen that really captures Lovecraft. Gorgeous to look at and a DVD I will watch over and over again. My heartfelt congratulations to the immensely talented and creative people who made this amazing film. Wow wow wow. I'm a filmmaker and writer myself and wish there were more people like you and Andrew out there making incredible films like this one.

Now, if you folks would make a similar film of At the Mountains of Madness, I could die a happy man.



John from Sault Sainte Marie, MI
TWO TENTACLEs up! say my brother Paul and I. You have two new fans here in Upper Michigan.

We thought the New Orleans swamp scene was particularly fine. And of course the suspenseful R'lyeh climax scene with Cthuhlhu Itself was great - very Harryhausenesque and genuinely scary at the same time!

Thank you for putting Lovecraft's work on the screen with respect and love, and for doing so excellently.

Any more Lovecraft films in the offing? The Dunwich Horror, perhaps...?


David from Oxford, UK
Great job with the DVD. And the Extras are a hoot! Well worth 20 dollars
of anyone's money. A cyclopean work of unimaginable splendour. And you can
tell 'em I said so!


Anthony from Aberdeen, MD
Just finished watching "The Call of Cthulhu", and I loved it! I've watched most of the Mythos centric movies available, and only a few were able to capture
the feel and essence of HPL as much as "CoC" did.

Initially I'd wondered if I would be able to look past the fact that your film is a silent movie, but I'm very glad that I did. The origianal material shines through proving that a great story >makes< the movie dispite budget, spx or big named actors, not the otherway around.

My only critisim of the piece would be that it wasn't shot in a widescreen format, otherwise a truely outstanding flick. If you're taking suggestions for
another project, "At the Mountains of Madness" would make an fabulous epic.

I'm definatly recommending this movie to all my friends.



Mark Rainey from Greensboro, NC
From Mark Rainey's Not-Quite-a-Blog...

Tonight's title is The Call of Cthulhu, the silent movie (in Mythoscope!) made by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society. This is a grand little film that runs about 45 minutes, shot in an impressionistic, 1920s style and featuring a superb symphonic soundtrack. It's moody, eerie, intense, and downright fun. Cthulhu himself comes to life via stop-motion animation, and the models and sets have a character all their own. I can highly recommend this flick, especially if you're a fan of the original story. Someone finally adapted Lovecraft's work as it ought to be adapted. A few entertaining extra features (including some stop-motion Cthulhu outtakes) round out the package. Give it a try by ordering the DVD from H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society at www.cthulhulives.org.



Espen Solheim from Stavanger
This movie was just amazing, I still gott gosebumps! Me and a friend of mine just ordered it last week and could not wait to se it!

The feel and atmosphere really sunk you into the movie, and having it black and white and "silent" made your imagination work even more!

All of the people behind this movie should be applouded for pulling this of!

Cheers from Norway!



Jason from Des Moines, IA
It was fantastic, best adaptation of a Lovecraft story ever. You guys did a tremendous job and I applaud all of the work that the HPLHS put into making this movie. I hope to see more films from the HPLHS in the future. A proper adaptation of the The Dunwich Horror would be amazing.


Robert from Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Brilliant! Loved the stop motion Cthulhu. Beautifully crafted and extremely well packaged cover. Really authentic. Even the dvd menu was great. The music was superb too.

Really interesting to see how it was all put together. Great effort by all involved.

My only gripe would be the lack of a commentary track, but it doesn't spoil my affection for the dvd. Can't wait to show it to my friends. You can be
sure that I'll be buying a few more copies as presents

I hope to make something half as good one day. Well done again to all
involved!



John Leary from Sleepy Hollow
I loved this film. A success as a Lovecraft adaptation and an innovative presentation. I thought that the silent film treatment was authentic. The story engaging. And the effects matched the time period that the film was set. I look forward to more work from your crew.


Jonathan from San Antonio, TX
I viewed the DVD last evening and was very pleased with it's faithfulness to the original Lovecraft story. I have always been of the opinion that HPL's work was too cerebral for successful film translation, but never considered silent film. This venue is ideal for his work. "Call of Cthulhu" calls to mind other macabre masterpieces of the silent era: namely, "Nosferatu" and "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari". The resurrection of nearly extinct film techniques - stop motion, forced perspective, etc. - in lieu of CGI reminded me that there was a lot of artistry and just plain ingenuity that took place in the production of the old silents as well as early film. B&W is a more forgiving medium, and has more impact in presenting "dark" stories (like HPL's).

My congratulations go out to HPLHS for producing such a powerful and unique movie. The extras on the disc (particularly the "making-of" feature) were immensely informative on how it was made, special effects creation, and cast/crew commentary on production (particularly on-set problem-solving).

The music CD is smartly packaged (I love the disc art), the poster is reminiscent of early Art Deco film poster art, and the font CD will be well-used.

Again, thank you HPLHS for making this "unfilmable" adaptation. Lovecraft's work has FINALLY been faithfully presented on the screen and it took going back to the roots of modern cinema to do it! If HPLHS elects to repeat this feat, I'll be one of the first in line to experience what will undoubtedly be another disturbing venture into the HPL cosmos. There are many of the great master's works still left that have been called "unfilmable" to choose from.



Sean from Wilmington, NC
it is fantatic; i am a fan of both h. p. lovecraft and silent movies. you gays and gals did a wonderful job, though the acting was a bit subdued compared to a traditional silent movie. though that is a critique i accept it as a necessary decision; to someone not aquanted with silent movies, the style of acting in silent movies would mostly come off as "cheesy".

....and the props! oh, if i had the money to but the reproductions that you are selling in your shop i would do so without hesitation.

also, the adaptation of the story to a screenplay... faithful and accurate. marvelous job.

my thanks to you for a fine job,



Dan from Corvallis, OR
What a great flick! I was very impressed at how well the 20's silent film technique worked. At first it seemed strange but at about 10 minutes in, I was totally absorbed in the movie.


Ari from Raahe, Finland
the movie much better than I dared to imagine (10/10). It's easily the best Lovecraf movie that there is. I really hope that you keep producing more movies from H.P's writings, maybe Case of the Charles Dexterward.


Mazi from Edmonton, Alberta
Finally had a chance to watch the movie itself last night. Very enjoyable. I absolutely agree that the treatment was the right one (unless one had a couple of hundred million dollars to give it the Peter Jackson treatment). As a fan of HPL of some years' standing, I really appreciated the work that had gone into making the movie. Very well done everyone.


Mark from New York
As the novelty of CGI wears off, and one passionless "blockbuster" after another comes and goes, along comes THE CALL OF CTHULHU to remind us that the medium of film can be a doorway to strange, fantastic places that don't exist merely because the producers have millions of dollars to play with. The cast and crew of CTHULHU deserve our deepest thanks for this labor of love, a class act from beginning to end. Everything is "right" about this film, form the fine performances, to the excellent musical score, to the sheer native genius of the folks who conceived -- and executed -- this unique little celluliod masterpiece. This is not only Lovecraft as he should be done on film, it is FILM as it should be done on film -- i.e., done with imagination, genuine zeal and a real sense of wonder and fun. Yes, you can definitely put THE CALL OF CTHULHU on your sheld next to THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, NOSFERATU or the silent classic of your choice. Truly well done, guys. More!


Joseph from La Puente, CA
I received my DVD yesterday (Friday) and watched it when I got home from work. I was very impressed. Being a fan of classic movies I really liked the way in which the film was shot. I thought it had the charm that silent films hold today.

Overall I was very impressed for a film that I am sure had a small budget. Most importantly I was happy to see Lovecraft's original story come to life as he may have wanted it to come to life.


Kelly from Los Angeles
I can't even tell you how much we enjoyed this! It is obvious that this project was a true labour of love, and I think that HPL would be pleased with it. The music was great, the acting was true to the time period, and Cthulhu was awesome! Thanks for making this available to the public, and thanks for making it!


Risto from Espoo, Finland
Loved the movie.


Jason from Kansas City
Truly cyclopean! Not only did it dredge up all that gooey, gothic Lovecraftian goodness, but it also took me back to stayin' up late on Friday nights when I was a kid, watchin' the late, late, late shows of my childhood; Nosferatau, Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, Phantom of The Opera, Dracula, etc., an education the kids today aint gettin', what with info-mercials and 400 channels of poop. So, what's next for the HPLHS? Another movie in the same style? Maybe a talkie? Maybe a "Lovecraft-inspired" original? Whatever you guys do, don't stop.


Kevin from Pickering, ONT
i really appreciate the efforts of everyone there dealing with costumer service... and of course...the movie is bloody brilliant.


Tom from New England
Received movie. Watched movie. Loved movie!! It is a great piece of work, major league cool. I'm 50 years old and like to think I know cool when I see it.


Danny from Seattle
What a tremendous piece of work. I can't imagine how much work went into the film but you pulled it off. To me, the coolest thing is that it's just so different than any other indie film I've seen. And I gotta love the attitude you exhibit in the "making of" segment - if you weren't sure how to do something, you just forged ahead and got it done. Outstanding!


Doug from St. Louis
Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you... You guys rock! I loved it. From the first time I ran across it on your website I thought the idea to do it as a silent was absolutely inspired. The German expressionist influences are perfect. (Makes me want to dig out my dvd of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.) Beautiful detail in the work, too much to mention. Great touch with the guys in the background at the end in straightjackets.


Erling from Sacramento
Just got the DVD.
I was totally satisfied, and will order another copy for my brother's birthday next month.

My father-in-law came in while I was watching it and was all: "They really knew how to make movies exciting back then, without all the computers and stuff they have to use today."



Yancy from Los Angeles
Anyway, I just threw your movie in the player. It's Friday night, and my girlfriend is working a night shift - Point being: Your adaptation is brilliant, both as a adaptation of Lovecraft AND as a silent film. I've been, of late, entranced by silents (have you seen the 4 hour version of MABUSE, THE GAMBLER? Worth the time it takes... Fantastic!)... Anyway, long story short, I'm a writer, am a Lovecraft fan (but not nearly as much of a devotee as I should be) - and a HUGE fan of your film. Surely, your simply grand filmic storytelling skills will lead beyond Lovecraft to "the big leagues" - at least one would hope. Sorry I waited so long to watch this - such a clear labor of love, and such a fine piece of silent film storytelling (a true lost art, eh?)


Marleigh from Los Angeles
Thanks! We received the order yesterday. Great job on the moviewe loved it!


Matti from Oulu, Finland
I just watched The Call of the Cthulhu and I must say it's a very impressive movie! I've been reading a lot of Lovecraft lately and the movie captures the Lovecraftian feeling quite perfectly. The atmosphere is very sinister and the silent movie-approach is wonderfully supported by the dramatic soundtrack. The Call of the Cthulhu is a great example what dedication and (obviously) hard work can accomplish, thank you for the experience!


Chris from Seymour, IN
Hello! I just wanted you to know, I recieved the DVD yesterday, and I watched it last nite. And in a word: Awesome!! That was great!!! I thought it was one of the collest things I;ve seen in quite awhile and I will be trying to get as many people I can to check it out!

So thank you very much! I loved it!! I thought the movie captured the style of that era perfectly!! I'll have to watch a few hunred more time. ;)



Timo from Helsinki
I just finished watching "Call of the Cthulhu" and all I can say is "wow"! The movie was simply awesome. Somehow you've really managed to capture the spirit and atmosphere of Lovecraft on celluloid (well, on harddrive, whatever). Everything was just like I imagined it to be when I read the story. Excellent work! Keep up the good work!


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Thaddeus from Seattle
Great film! It was the most dang fun I've had in a long, long time. I've been a Lovecraft fan since I was about 9 (I was a really smart, really weird kid) and I'm glad to see that someone actually pulled off a Lovecraft story well on film. My wife and I both loved it. I hope you guys will keep making movies.


Rob from Wherever
I got the movie (before halloween even) and absolutely loved it. Everyone else who was there that night was impressed as well.

Fantastic movie, amazing job by everyone involved.



Tor from Wellesley, MA
It's absolutely brilliant, one of the best movies of all time, and without a doubt the best movie of the 21st century.

I'd put it in the same category as Metropolis, Lawrence of Arabia, 2001, and Malcolm X.

I love it, thanks for making it, hope you get an Oscar, and I hope you make more!

I could be biased - I love silent movies and I have a difficult time enjoying pretty much anything made after sometime in the 1990s.



Dominick from HIghland Park, NJ
Got the dvd today - it's great!! Excellent job folks, give my thanks to everyone.



Trevor from Etobicoke, ONT
To be entirely honest, I found it on the internet last night. But it really blew me away, 5 stars! I know by purchasing it legit, I'll be supporting the right people not some faceless corporation. It's the least I can do, for something I enjoyed so much.

I've never seen silent film before, I'm amazing at how well the style aided in the telling Lovecraft's story. I think this is the best way to do it. I hope there are future plans in the works for other stories being made this way.



Joe from New York
I loved the movie.
I hope there are more to come (in which case I'd like a role - I'm an actor in NYC).


Fred from Walled Lake, MI
Watched your DVD and have to say that I was very impressed. One of the reasons I took the chance on buying this DVD in the first place is because I am planning on making a shot on video Black and White horror film myself, not a H.P. Lovecraft story, and wanted to see how you handled it. Well, you handled it smashingly. Your use of models and forced perspective is what stood out to me right off the bat. The over-all presentation gave your film the look and feel of an old silent two-reeler from the 1920's. I also adored the bringing to life of ol'Cthulhu himself through the use of Stop-motion animation.

There are many other wonderful elements to be praised in this film, such as the music, the attention to detail, the fact that you actually used the rule of thirds in framing your shots, etc... But it would take too long to comment on them all here. If my own effort has just half as much heart and love for the genre as yours does, then I'm sure we will not fail.

Thank you so much for the DVD and good luck on any future endeavors you may embark on. I truly hope that this was not your last film.



Frank from kent, wa
I received the DVD and shirt and had a chance to watch the DVD over the weekend and I must say it was the best adaptation of a Lovecraft story to film that I've ever seen. You all did a great job and I look forward to see if you all work on more.


Ryan from Van Nuys, CA
I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how much I enjoyed Cthulhu. It was an ambitious undertaking that was pulled off with incredible imagination. Everyone in your cast and crew is to be applauded.

Naturally Im interested to hear about what youll be up to next.



Chuck from Stratford, Conn.
Just wanted to drop you a line that I received the Cthulhu DVD. Watched it three times this weekend and I thought it was terrific. Excellent script (maybe storyboard is more appropriate for a silent movie), liked the score, and thought the casting was right on the mark. During college (we didn't quite have silent movies then, but it was close), I took quite a few film appreciate courses including one on German silent film. I found the technic in your production to be of the same quality of many of these films. As an aside, my 11-year-old daughter watched the DVD with me and she also enjoyed it (it was also her first exposure to a silent movie).

Congratulations on a job well done and in accomplishing what I thought was impossible -- a file of an H.P. Lovecraft story that actually is faithful to both material and its spirit. Hopefully there will be other productions to come.

Again, my thanks for your and your colleagues efforts.



Kyle from Rockport, MA
First of all, I thought the score was generally quite fantastic, and did a good job of capturing the vibe of the scenes, even to the point of maybe subtly substituting for background sounds, like the vaguely ethnic "drumming" sound in the score during the voodoo orgy scene. I liked the lighter, more festive tone when we first went to the Archeological conference, and in general the score was quite in tune with the scenes, and emphasized them well without overpowering them.

I was a little leery of the "Mythoscope" concept at first, because although the scratches and wear on the old films my appear nostalgiac and quaint, it's not how the original filmmakers wanted it to be seen, and if overdone I was worried it might actually detract from the film. But, I think you guys did a good job on that---it looked enough like an old film to be quaint, but you didn't overdo it to the point where it actually obscured or denigrated the video presentation.

At first I kind of questioned your use of the "sheets" for the ocean. I could certainly understand it for the longer shots with the full sized ship, but I thought maybe it might have worked better to film an actual rowboat in real water. After watching it a few more times though, I agree with your choice. Since that whole sequence is kind of dream-like in the story, the slightly surreal effect of your "ocean" fit well. And it kind of reminded me of Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation---it doesn't look real, but it looks GREAT! I think that was a very cool effect. And in general, I thought you just had a lot of nicely filmed shots. I loved the opening scene with the camera spiraling down, and I especially noticed the scene where "the man" gave up on the Cthulhu cult and went back to his own studies, and we see him at the desk with the big dinosaur head/fossil on the wall behind him---that was just a wonderfully composed set and shot. Your use of miniatures and forced perspective was incredibly effective.

About the only negative in the film for me was maybe a bit of the voodoo swamp "action scene'---I didn't really care for the "orchestral hit" sound effects coinciding with the punches---that seemed a bit heavy-handed, and the action looked a bit too contrived.

But really, that's just me nitpicking and trying to find something negative. Overall, I thought this was an incredibly good film, and by far it captures Lovecraft MUCH better than any other film I've seen. I LOVED the flashes of newspaper headlines and the calendar notes that were taken right from the story---you guys are obviously so familiar with the source material.

The actors were all quite strong, and I really don't have complaints about any of them. I definitely agree with the choice to go B&W, but as far as it being silent---I'm not sure. It certainly worked fantastically as you did it, but since all your pacing, acting, camera shots and fx were so strong, I'm not sure it would have detracted from the overall effect if it had been a "talkie".

And of course, great job with the stop motion Cthulhu----he appeared for just the right amount of time in the film.

In all seriousness, this goes right in my DVD collection along with my 30's Universal horrors---the overall quality level of your film is pretty close to those, IMO, and I like some aspects of yours better.

I imagine this was quite a financially draining project for you, and I'm not sure if it's going to be feasible for you to do another Lovecraft adaptation---but I will buy it if you do! I think you guys could totally nail "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"!


Gabe from Brooklyn, NY
Received "The Call of Cthulhu" and eagerly watched it last night with a group of friends -- the response was ecstatic and overwhelmingly thumbs-up. You've made a great atmospheric horror film and a engaging period piece. I shudder to think what you guys can accomplish with money and 16mm film! So what's next for the HPLHS? You going to beat Hollywood to the punch and make "At the Mountains of Madness"? An original Mythos film? I eagerly await word!


Matthias from Hamburg, Germany
DVD and soundtrack arrived safe and sound. Please extend my deepest gratitude to everyone involved in the production of your marvellous work. The quality of the movie and the soundtrack easily surpass most of the "mainstream" media I have purchased lately - even the invoice is a little piece of art. I am sure you are aware of how proud you can be of what you have achieved. As a customer and a fan of Lovecraft's work I have to thank you and I am looking forward to seeing more from you in the future.


Scott from Seattle
Received it Friday, watched it last night.

I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Probably the single best film adaptation of HPL's work I've seen.

Considering the probable budget, excellent all 'round!

One of the things that I thought added a lot was the casting: virtually everyone seemed right for the particular role and nearly everyone had good-to-excellent (camera) acting chops.

I think this especially can make or break a low(er) budget film.

Among other things, I'm an actor myself here in Seattle (fringe theater, low-budget films, a few commercials, etc.+ 17 episodes of "Bill Nye, the Science Guy" a few years back) and "believability" is my main criteria - most of your cast had this "in spades".

Really enjoyed the stop-motion Cthulhu a lot!

Also enjoyed the production design, costumes, makeup, miniatures, green-screen work, etc. - all very, very creative.

The music was perfect.

And the direction & script were excellent.

Good choice to do it in the style of a 1920's silent film - in my opinion, gave it a very dream-like quality which worked excellently.

Also enjoyed the extras on the DVD itself as well as the cover-art/packaging.

I heard about this on the Home Theater Forum and since Lovecraft is one of my favorite writers thought: "Why not try it?".



Jonathan from Arlington, vA
the film and soundtrack astound both eye and ear! more of Howard's stories ought to be adapted in like manner.


Andy from Northport, AL
the movie is fabulous, impressive in every respect, all that I could have hoped for. Congratulations and thanks to all of you for making it. I am urging it upon among the membership of the (vastly less ambitious) Tuscaloosa Science Fiction Society. I bow low before all of you.


Bryan Moore from Los Angeles
Sean, Andrew and their talented company have given HPL fans what they've only dreamed of....a fully faithful, knock-down-drag-out Lovecraft adaptation that will be regarded as the best Lovecraft film ever.

This is probably the only film adaptation of his work that HPL himself would have approved of.

Boys, I sincerely hope we see many more films from your HPL canon!
Hail the HPLHS!



Dan from Stockholm-Sweden
I can only agree to what all the others have wrote about the movie!!!!
Im looking forward to your next Lovecraft film!!!!


Perry from Paradise, CA
I very much enjoyed the DVD! I was pleasantly surprised that your version of "The Call of Cthulhu" was able to follow Lovecraft's narrative as closely as it did. A few of the special effects were a little obvious, but they didn't detract from the story. Especially cool was the shot where the sailor falls into the angle-that-should-not-exist! I applaud you guys for even attempting that one!

I would have liked to have seen the shipboard fight between the sailor and the cultists, since that shows that the sailors finding the Alert is not just a big coincidence--but obviously that would have involved having a real ship available. And during the scene in the swamp, I think the police would have had rifles and shotguns, and not just a dinky snub-nosed .38.

But those are minor considerations--you guys made a terrific little movie. I hope you make more horror films in the future, because I would happily buy them!



Candy from Fremont CA
This is excellent! It follows the story very well. I really enjoyed the "making of" extras. What did the neighbors think?
Anyway, keep up the good work and I'll mention it to the weird people I know (quite a lot, actually).


Jeremiah from Fairfax, VA
I got the DVD and just want you to know that I love it! Well done, sir. Shooting the story as a silent film was a stroke of genius. I'm going to recommend it to all my fellow Cthulhu enthusiasts.


Matthew from Belfast, Maine
I just got my Call of Cthulhu DVD & poster, and I have to say I've run out of superlatives. To say this is the best movie adaptation of an HPL story ever isn't doing it justice, because there's never been a decent adaptation before. You've done what I'd heretofore considered impossible, filming C of C.

It goes beyond that. As a graphic designer and digital arts instructor, I can see so much loving attention to detail here. Things that only a handful of people will notice or appreciate but still works on a subconscious letter. From the old typewriter font on the enclosed invoice to the fonts in the movie, to the prop newspaper clippings and so many more things.



Kevin from New York
I got the movie yesterday and watched it last night. Easily, _easily_, the best Lovecraft adaptation I've seen. Lotta love went into this and it's clearly visible. I've actually got one friend borrowing the movie now and another who wants to see it when the first's done. I think you've got yourselves a hit.


Richard from Hong Kong
DVD arrived today, luckily my day off, and I just finished watching it. Absolutely amazing work, best adaptation of HPL's work I've ever seen. I wish the major studios would realize that theres a reason why these stories have endured for so long, and keep their work closer to the source material. Hopefully Del Toro's Mountains of Madness, if it ever gets done, will live up to the story. At any rate, excellent work.


Gabriel and Corinna from Los Angeles
We saw your CALL OF CTHULHU picture this weekend and loved it!

You used everything about the faux-silent/period thing to it's best possible advantage. We've seen many low budget HPL pictures (even attending the HPL film festival up in Portland) and I honestly thing yours is the best by far. It was fun while still being atmospheric and treating the material with respect.

Great job! Hope you guys make another.



Wayne from CherryHill, NJ
Actually saw Call back in December at an SF con in Philadelphia, but only decided to take the plunge into the stygian dark just two weeks ago. It's still as entertaining as I remembered,and the methods behind the mouth of madness a nice touch.
Sorta an elder Martha Stewart touch that you too can make a brackish swamp using melted garbage bags, and the actual rant of Henry Wilcox was wonderfully wacky free-verse.
Did anyone else notice that the first mate on the Alert had a resemblence to a certain effects guy from Mythbusters on The Discovery Channel? OK, just me.
Well done, all.

Wayne.



Alex from Germany
What can I say, awesome work. This is by far the best Lovecraft movie I've ever seen.


Pierre-Luc from Charny, Canada
I just watched the movie with some friends (we're all Lovecraft's fans) and it's a really great movie. The best adaptation of Lovecraft I've ever seen (and one of best fantastic movie at all). Mi poor english does'nt allow me to exprim wll what I think, with nuancy.

Call of Cthulhu is a really great movie... it's evidant that it's the work
of true fans. All details are successful.



Black13 from Pasadena
The movie perfectly captures the feel of the story. It's probably the best Lovecraft film adaptation ever. The nod to German expressionism for the key scene was brilliant.

Skip the sample trailer on this site though, because it makes the film look lame (bad, bad job on the trailer, guys -- usually trailers show the best parts, but this one dwells on the most mundane). Just go right ahead and buy the movie for yourself or any Lovecraft fan. You won't be disappointed.



Dan from Superior, WI
It's friggin awesome, man. Any plans for future endeavors? I'd like to see The Colour Out of Space, or the Shadow Over Innsmouth. That's my .02.


Henry from Dieren, The Netherlands
I received the "The Call Of Cthulhu" dvd yesterday ( thursday, that's fast shipping ) and have seen it in the evening. Its a very well made and entertaining movie.
The musical score is also great and its nice that it can be played in mythoscope, that makes the movie more authentic. Overall I enjoyed it very much and it would be really great if you make more movies of the stories of H. P. Lovecraft. Thank you very much for this great experience.


Rob from Gary, IN
Wow. I have to say when I ordered the film I had low expectations but they really did an awesome job. Way better than I dared to hope.


Nick from Redwood City, CA
Nice work, folks! It was a very inspiring piece of work... I love to see folks embracing instead of fighting whatever limitations there might be on their production. You came up with some beautiful solutions.

I hope you guys can do more films in the future...



Martin from Sydney, Australia
brilliantly done, fantastically well put together, created a lot more mood than i thought posssible. the unameable has at least been filmed !

may be black goat with a thousand young bless your futher endeavours in the field.



John from Allston, Ma
The Call of Cthulhu conjurs memories of Marnau, echoes of Lang, a touch of Pabst (the filmmaker, not the beer) a hint of Von Sternberg and a dab of Dreyer yet it remains a completely original vision. True to its period both in terms of story and style, the movie is a wonder. In 46 minutes, The creators of Call of Cthuluhu have done what Hollywood has so far failed to do. Finally, a Lovecraft film true to the spirit of the author.


Dave from Belfast
I should have come back to you ages ago with feedback on THE CALL OF CTHULHU, but you're probably inundated with praise and anything I say will be repitition...

Excellent casting and performances, great atmosphere and a genuine use of silent movie venacular - no smart-arsed post modern parody in sight! The spirit of HPL was in every frame, the production actually benefited from it's limitations, and I really can't think of another HPL adaptation that purposefully delivered as strong a hint of the awsome otherness...

Loved the sets, the costumes, the models, the animation, the props... and especially the score (which deserved some mention in the extras I thought... )

A real success I think, so congratulations to all concerned.

If I have one gripe it is that you should have attacked David Robertson's fine photography with a wire brush and gone for a perished nitrate look (Guy Maddin at his most expressionistic). Not half enough hairs and surface damage - which might have helped disguise the dodgy keying in places! (Did I see in the Making Of that you were bravely trying to key off green lawn grass? Wow!)

I was also impressed by the website and all the marketing materials you've producing - it's remarkably well designed and totally complementary to the film and to the HPL ethos.



Andras from Budpest
The film was really good! I'm quite sure that Lovecraft himself would have enjoyed it mightily as well! After watching an earlier version of the trailer, I wasn't completely sure that the marvelously Lovecraftian atmosphere would hold through the whole 47 minutes - but it did.

Thank you for just going and doing it!



Mike from Brighton, MI
Finally...

Someone gets it right.

I've been waiting for something like this; a purely Mythosian movie, true to the source and unadulterated.

And for some strange reason, the fact that is a period silent-piece, even if simulated, lends it strength. Lovecraft's themes - and that of "The Call of
Cthulhu", I think, lend themselves more to ominous silence than dolby stereo.

Noticed a bit of Fritz Lang's neo-totalitarian look in the larger of the Cthulhu idols. Who says terror can't have style? Dr. Caligari was in the details of
R'lyeh.

The Cthulhu macaque had charm and while I understand good film-makers don't let their monsters stray too far into the limelight, I wouldn't have minded seeing more of him. He had a marvelous head; octopoid and
yet similar to a skull wreathed in vine-like tentacles.

Overall, impressive. I think "The Dunwich Horror" or "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" should be next.



John from Kewaskum, WI
I received my order last week and have watched the movie twice already and will be watching it again with some friends very soon.

I thought it was great!!! One constant discussion I have with friends is Hollywood's inability to take a chance. It always amazes me how a "little" movie can out shine Hollywood "blockbusters" and your movie does just that.

First off the fact that you kept it as close to the original story as you did is commendable. Then making it in black & white and SILENT was a complete act of brilliance!!!

It amazed me after watching the "making of" section of the DVD how you achieved the look of the movie with miniatures and cardboard. Along with the great musical score and excellent acting on the part of everyone involved, it made for an utterly enjoyable movie experience.



David from Vista, Ca
I have been an H.P. Lovecraft fan and collector since the mid-sixties, as well as a horror and science fiction film buff. I am absolutley delighted and amazed by the film version of Call of Cthulhu! Major kudos to all involved in the production. A modern black and white silent film? Why not? I hope to see more from this talented and innovative team of independent film makers!




Keith from Toledo, OH
Got Coc today and watched it immediately. Fucking kickass. You guys did a really great job. The mix of old-school b&w techniques and digital is seemless and captures a Nosferatu-like creepiness. As someone who's worked on a DIY mag for 4 years, I have some idea what a pain in the ass this must have been and you guys deserve big props.


Andrew from Belfast
thanks for getting the dvd to me so quickly - it arrived last thursday. after watching it i can honestly say that your film is perfect. i thought that stuart gordon's DAGON was getting close to putting lovecraft accurately on screen but CTHULHU is the winner. i won't bore you with a rant about it...

thanks for a great movie.

don't spoil it all now and make a shit one.



Brian from Anaheim, CA
Got the dvd and it is phenominal! Loved every minute of it.


Olaf from Willingen, Germany
The articles I bought are very good! I want more, but without extra money. "Call of Cthulhu" is "der Oberhammer"! ... for me, a fan of B/W movies (Metropolis, Golem, Caligari, Nosfertu, Classic Dracula &co...).
greetings from germany


Billy, Scott and Chantal from Hmmm.
Me and a couple of friends just finished watching the "Call of Cthulhu" movie and we just wanted to write back and say that it was very well-done. The acting, lighting, old-movie feel was authentic and it captured Lovecraft's feel within the story itself very well. Kudos to you and the whole team for a job that was exceptionally well-done -- finally a Lovecraft story adapted to film that actually does justice to his vision.


Jason from Gurk
I just wanted to say that I fucking LOVED your movie! What you guys did was inspiring. Bravo!


Grell from Glens Falls NY
Awsome! that was everything I wanted from a Lovecraft film. t;s nice to finally see something trying to stay close to his original tale. Before this I think Dagon was the closest to lovecraft, and even that was a bit off kilter. Now I need to re-read the story. Great Job!


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Tom from Chambry, France
Simply stunning. The film is utterly gripping, perfectly made. The sequences in the swamp and on the island had me on the edge of my seat. Utterly faithful to the original texts, this film stands alone as a wonderful piece of cinema, the fact that it is a fan film is irrelevant: the pacing, story, detail and pure love that clearly went into it serve as their own hommage to its creators. Brilliant. Thank you!


Brad from New York
Just wanted to thank you for the prompt service, and to let you know that I enjoyed the dvd. It was wonderfully creative - ingenious at parts -- very skillfully made, and really fun from start to finish. I also really admired your faithfulness to the source material. I'm definitely going to tell all my friends who like Lovecraft and/or creepy movies about this.


Tyler from Ashland, OR
Ahhh...what can I say?

The film mirrors so much of what I imagined when I first started reading Lovecraft, almost twenty years ago, that I found myself a bit giddy while watching it. It might seem funny, but watching the film made me realize that I never imagined any of his stories in color.

I hope that the film gets enough attention to warrent another adaptation by the same crew, but I fear that this might have been a one time thing for them. I would love to see their version of "At the Mountains of Madness", or "The Rats in the Walls."

Anyways, off to watch the movie again...



Yael from Seattle
I just watched CALL OF CTHULHU, extras and all. It was great!
Some occultist acquaintances of mine were very disappointed in me because I found it so entertaining (for some strange reasons, though neither group would ever admit it had anything in common with the other to save their souls, many occultists, like many fundamentalist religionists of various creeds, seem to be petrified at the idea that someone, somewhere, is having entirely too much fun). They felt I wasn't paying enough attention to the "esoteric overtones" of the movie. I told them to go hang.
All in all, a wonderful movie. If Lucasfilms or Dreamworks or Pixar had tried to do it, they'd have spent about forty-two bazillion bucks on animation and everything else trying to get it *right*, failing miserably. You-all did it on a shoestring, and it was just right.
Congratulations! I'm telling all my friends (those that aren't occultists, but then, no occultist worth his salt would ever want anything to do with me after *this*) to head for the CthulhuLives! site and spend their hard-earned kale on CTHULHU lives, it's worth it and then some! (BTW, wherever did that hanging, apparently human carcass in the swamp come from -- the dumpster out behind the set for Romero's LAND OF THE DEAD? It was really, really convincing (ulp!).)


Rod from Louisville, KY
To put it simply, I was blown away. I think it's a brilliant idea which resulted in, perhaps, the best Lovecraft adaptation I've seen to date.


Eric from New Kensington, PA
I just watched "The Call of Cthulhu", I really believe it's a watershed of cinema. Everything works so well. It shows that faithful adaptations do work. There's an animated version of Howard's "Red Nails" in production. I hope they can do half the job you people did.


Jouni from Hankasalmi, Finland
I enjoyed The Call of Cthulhu enormously!


Steve from San Francisco
Remarkable!
It's faint praise to say your Call of Cthulhu is the best HPL movie ever made (The only near-success would be The Resurrected).
Not only is it an amazing homage to silent film style and technique but it stands as an effective adaptation of the story.
It's just a good thing I don't have many friends, cuz I couldn't afford to buy copies for too many people.


JW from Ijsselstein, The Netherlands
I saw the movie and what a great movie it was! Perhaps the only way to film it right. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I you ever should put the other classics on the silver screen, consider them pre-ordered!


Bob from Tinton Falls, NJ
BRAVO!!! Your movie was really well done and I'm sure HPL would have been proud.


Brett from Tallahassee, FL
Thanks, it is better than I could have imagined.


Mike from Georgetown, TX
Just letting you know what an AWESOME film that was! The whole family (9 year old Daughter, 13 Year old son included) was riveted! At least two guys at work said they will be ordering copies as well.

Keep up the Good work!



Donal from Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland
I came to this movie after a review in an online magazine. Though a long-time HPL fan, I wouldn't consider myself a "fanboy". But the reviews here looked promising so I ordered my copy. And it's been a hugely worthwhile investment.
The care is made with professionalism, care, passion and craft , at all levels from the script, (I love the cunning juxtaposition of the first first line of the story to the last line of the film) through the skill in "non-euclidian" set-design to solid perfmances and technical expertise.

This is a film investment you truly won't regret, and with enough success, who knows, maybe we'll see The Shadow Over Innsmouth made with similar care some future day.
If you've downloaded the film and liked it, support these guys and buy the DVD.



Kimmo from Valkeakoski, Finland
I must compliment the movie. I was impressed by the way the sceneries were brought so much to life, by taking them back in time to the era of black and white imagery. Also the retelling of such a jewel of a story, with a mood that was almost tangible to the viewer... Need I say more! Me and a friend of mine enjoyed it, and I'm sure this will be true many a time more in times to come.


Catherine from Charlottesville, VA
I gave the DVD to my boyfriend for his birthday. He's a Lovecraft fan, but I didn't know much about it before watching the movie tonight. We both thought you all did a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I was totally drawn into the story and want to know more. The silent movie style and music really add to the instensity and keep you in the period. Well done!


Catherine from Charlottesville, VA
I gave the DVD to my boyfriend for his birthday. He's a Lovecraft fan, but I didn't know much about it before watching the movie tonight. We both thought you all did a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I was totally drawn into the story and want to know more. The silent movie style and music really add to the instensity and keep you in the period. Well done!


Eric from Moore, OK
I just received The Call of Cthulhu today and I am very impressed. This is by far the best adaptation of any H.P. Lovecraft story I have ever seen and I'm even satified with the dvd presentation...most professional. I think you guys did an outstanding job and I hope that your society produces more films of this quality. Keep up the good work.


Robert from Firenza, Italy
I received your unholy DVD today. It is certainly the most faithful Lovecraft film and one of the best as well. I loved it.


David from Hyattsville, MD
There is nothing I can say that hasn't been said already. This film is amazing, Mr. Lovecraft would be damn proud.


Tommy from Los Angeles
A very well-done piece!! As a working director for commercials since the seventies (and dabbler in long-form work as a producer on occasion - 2003's Hell's Highway-The True Story of Highway Safety Films), I can't heap enough praise on this film...

I watched it the minute I received it. I have recently watched what some have termed, this past year's best horror effort, France's High Tension, but never truly shivered once. Well, The Call of Cthulhu did it TWICE!! Bully to you for the silent film approach, it works to a tee!! Who cares if some of the green screen shots on the island look to sharp, by that time you had me by the yarbles anyway!

Please extend these kudos to Andrew (GREAT miniature work!!) and ALL the cast and crew.

I read my weight in Lovecraft 35 years ago as a teenager and now plan to revisit him. Regardless of your short running time, your film captures the period more so than Re-Animator (though it has a lot of merit, modern-day as it is), The Dunwich Horror, or Die, Monster, Die.

God forbid I pull a rectangular package out of my mailbox one day that stinks of sulfur and drips with gelatinous goo...



Tommy from Los



Carol from Calgary, Canada
I just finished watching 'The Call of Cthulhu'. Congratulations to you, it is just wonderful. I think the term 'work of art' is used much too promiscuously these days, but I'm going to use it here. If Hollywood made movies as good as this one, I'd go back to the movie theatres!


Kevin from Columbus, OH
Finally! A good HPL movie. I'm very happy with it. Thanks!


Nils from Monheim, Germany
From the land where Fritz Lang and A.F.Murnau made their best films - before they had to flee - I just wanted to let you know that I really LOVE YOUR WORK! The film is great in any matter. It brings Lovecraftian spirit to live with a well controlled source of unique and inventive ideas. Music, setting, atmosphere... And of course the great actors and stage direction!
My highest regards to all of you! More of this, please...



Alex Panz from Herborn, GERMANY
Got the DVD yesterday and watched it about 4 times now. I'm amazed, nothing more to say!! Everyone who thinks about buying the DVD or not, DO IT!! You'll love it! I've seen some Cthulhu movies, but this is by far the best of them all. Without a big budget, Sean and his guys have created an incredible atmosphere by paying tribute to the old silent movies. I really don't know what else to say, I think I'll watch it again.
AWESOME WORK GUYS!!
Greetings from Germany

Alex



Michael from Overland Park, KS
I watched the movie last night with my wife and son and we all thought it was great! I am a bit of a silent movie fan and really enjoyed it. The island and dream sets reminded me of expressionism in "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" while the mood throughout reminded me of stimmung in "Nosferatu" or maybe "Vampyr". The score worked very well also. A really nice effort.


Rob from I'm not telling
You all rule!


Kevin from Lockhart, TX
Wonderful! I enjoyed your film immensely. It was very well acted by all and tightly scripted. Everything fit so nicely together and was definitely the best and most faithful Lovecraft adaptation ever. The musical score was very well done also. It was very enjoyable and properly fit the mood of the story. Bravo! This is a masterpiece that I will recommend to all.


Shannon from Valpariso, IN
Just thought I would let you know that that was the greatest thing I have ever seen. And then seeing how you guys did thing. Great work. I look forward to anything else you guys decide to do.


Gary from Talahasee
Just watched it and am now enjoying the extras.

Fabulous! You guys really did something here, you should be proud!

Looks like you had a lot of fun making it too!



Kyle from Winthrop, Maine
I thought that the film was excellent. It had a genuine feel about it and it was obvious that the filmmakers had passion about doing justice to the original story. I have advised all my friends to seek out this film and view it, to be one with the knowledge of things man was not meant to know!!


Peter from Sydney
I saw 'Call' with a group of friends the other night and my compliments and congratulations go out to all the cast and crew. I thoroughly enjoyed your film, and quite honestly think it surpasses many of the efforts we see released in mainstream cinema these days. It is certainly the best Lovecraft interpretation bought to the screen. Your inventiveness and panache could serve as lessons for film-makers the world over; an idea, some talent and a lot of hard work have paid off handsomely. Kudos!

Peter Miller
Sound Designer
'The Ring'



Reber from Lisle, IL
I received my copy of The Call of Cthulhu yesterday and immediately watched it. I was blown away! I had read reviews of it and was prepared for certain strengths and weaknesses but all of that went out the window during the opening. The title music is fantastic! The look and feel of the project is an absolute celebration. I am so very happy that this film was made.

The tragedy and eeriness of that opening music still haunts me. I am overwhelmed by it and I don't really get overwhelmed much any more.

You've heard this all before I'm sure but I have to write it: I began with Mr. Lovecraft at an early age and his work immediately changed my life. Not only the darkness and insanity lurking at the edges of his work but the sheer beauty of many of his writings captured me and has held me for 43(!) years.

I have done quite a bit of work (writing music) in many cities in Rhode Island over the years and have visited all of Mr. Lovecraft's places and tried to absorb what he must have felt. Seeing Providence in the sunset should not be missed. The beauties of The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and The Silver Key and the Marvelous Sunset City are deep in my blood and I hope will remain there. Your film does nothing if not reinforce my belief that the way Mr. Lovecraft's writing affected me 40 years ago (and does to this day) was an important experience.

Attempting to get these feelings of the beauty in Lovecraft's writing across to people unfamiliar with it is a very tough thing to do in words. Most remain unconvinced (but I am no great convincer) and consider his stuff as "just weird." But the consistency and the gorgeousness just can't be dismissed. THIS is what you have captured in the title and the opening; the heartbreaking beauty of Lovecraft's sunset city.

Congratulations on a fine expression of Mr. Lovecraft's imaginings and on being selected as a feature presentation at Slamdance, among other festivals.



Jim from Mobile, AL
Got the movie today. Just finished watching it. Stunning! This is the best Lovecraft story brought to film I have ever seen. It has the dread, claustrophobic feel of his writing. I could go on and on but you get my drift. You made my day! More please!


Scott from Elgin, IL
I thought it was great ! A fine adaptation & the best new old looking film I've ever seen . I haven't watched all the extras yet but I'm really glad I made this purchase . Well Done !


Edward J. Holub Jr. from Wichita Falls, TX
I picked up two copies of your film: one for myself and the other a Christmas present for a friend of mine. Good job. I'm a lover of silent movies and it made the film all the more enjoyable. I would have preferred it shot on film, but I'm sure your budget wouldn't have permitted that. I have a few criticisms, though. The miniature of the wooden walkway with the torches in the swamp was bad. The size of the flame gave it away. It could have been cut. You also could have spent more time animating the monster. You should have realized that it was THE money shot. It's also a shame that you couldn't find a way to move the clouds during the Cthulhu shots. Other than those nitpicks, everything else was top notch. I loved the antique automobile effect on the street. I'd hate to say it, but it was the best part of the show. Perhaps you could start working on a version of The Shadow Over Innsmouth. It had always been my dream to direct a version of that story; also Ramsey Campbell's The Doll Who Ate His Mother. When I found out that Stuart Gordon had done a film of Innsmouth, my heart sank. It was called Dagon and it took place in Spain! So, it's still open season on Innsmouth. Hopefully some Hollywood big shots will get a load of Call of Cthulhu and throw some money at you for your next project. Success!!!


Steve from Canyon Country CA
Received the movie yesterday and watched it immediately, excellent job! Hope to see more HPL adaptions like this from you in the future.


Geoff from Penticiton, Canada
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

I received the film and poster on Thursday - and have been blown away by the quality of your production. I am amazed - and appreciative. It's very rare that people can take a Lovecraft story and turn it into such a stylish picture - they usually end up being horrible. However, you and your staff have clearly
shown that HP Lovecraft is not 'The Unfilmable', but can be fimed, provided the people involved care about the source material.

And just so you know, you've already sold a poster and a copy of the DVD for your next film.

Again... WOW. Incredible - and inspirational. Thanks for your hard work.



Jude from San Francisco
You guys are my heroes. I got the Call of Cthulhu dvd for christmas, and its brilliant, and when i heard "the carol of the old ones" i had to have the solstice cd as well, and the poster is simply gorgeous. I can't say enough good things about the movie, or the cd, but my friends certainly are getting tired of me trying.


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Dan from Ypsilanti, MI
I thought that the movie was great! Well done all around.


Phil from Derby, UK
DVD arrived today - watched it, and found that it was everything I hoped
for!


Raul from Spain
Hello People

Ive just received the DVD.
Thx a lot, Its GREAT..........


Chad from Winnetka, IL
Thanks for sending the dvd out so quickly. I have to say, I loved it! Thought it was absolutely fantastic. I had high hopes going in based on the trailer I had seen, but the movie surpassed them. The care and effort and passion you guys put into the project is clearly visible. And whoever came up with the idea of filming it as a silent film--just genius. It may be the best way to get Lovecraft across on film. You can achieve an odd, almost surreal visual style due to the period type filming--highly stylized--and yet still rely heavy of text, keeping much of Lovecraft's work intact. Just great.


Valerie from Nevada City, CA
Thanks so much for your email and the fabulous movie! My fiance (the HPL buff) and I thoroughly enjoyed it; we thought you all did a really fantastic job with everything. Especially nice work on the tentacle thingys :)

Cthulhu was a sincere pleasure and I'm sure we'll enjoy it many, many more times. Nicely done!



Steven from Rochester, NY
I received the movie over the weekend and watched it. I thought that it was really well done. (Though I figured that I would like it from watching the
preview on-line) I felt that it truly captured the imagery and the feel of the story, while at the same time capturing the effect of watching a film during that era. I thought the behind the scenes interviews was fun to watch, puts peoples names with faces and seeing the work that went into the film, etc... I haven't had a chance to look through the rest of the bonus features yet, though. I've been a Lovecraft fan for years, and have always been disappointed with the film adaptions- excepting the Dunwich Horror- until now. Great job on making the unfilmable come to life. My friends are looking forward to seeing the movie also, since I showed a few of them the preview that you have on-line. Hopefully I will have made a few more converts.


Doug from Oconto, Wisconsin
I thought the movie was absolutely phenomenal. You guys did a great job. The scene at Rlyeh actually had my heart pounding.


Dave from Sioux Falls, SD
My order arrived today, I just finished watching the film. I thought it was great, just how I'd imagined it as I read the original story. Bravo!


Mitch from Astoria, NY
Just received my copy of C.O.C. Absolutely wonderful, a true independent film. Bravo.


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Daniel from Copenhagen, Denmark
I just saw The Call Of Cthulhu film you guys made - Its fantastic!

Very captivating - I will try it on my freinds soon Mu-ha-ha-ha ;)



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Wymz from London, Arkansas
In spite of being aware of his name since about the age of ten, and the gist of it since my twenties (I'm closing on 46 at the time of this writing,) I had only recently began reading HPL's stories, via on-line literarty sites, and found them quite engrossing. I had seen or possess most of the major films based on his work, but was vaguely aware even then that few of them adhered very closely to the author's original libretto. This isn't surprising,as even Lovecraft die-hards will admit that his tales frequently represent episodes rather than complete stories with a beginning, middle and end, which screenwriting generally requires. So I was intrigued when I saw that what may be his most celebrated (or at least well-known)story, "The Call of Cthulhu," had been filmed, and was available on DVD. I found it especially interesting to note that it had been made in the style of a silent film from the 1920s, and what I saw and read of it on the HPLHS website so impressed me that I finally simply had to buy it out of sheer curiosity. Having done so, and having watched the DVD, I have to say that for what it is, an independently-produced labor-of-love made apparently without great delusions of profit, I like it a great deal. The DVD is very professionally presented, with fine artwork in the old silent-film style. The menus are equally impressive, and the 'extras' a welcome addition, especially the very amusing 'Making-Of' documentary. As for the film itself, it was I thought a very good distillation of Lovecraft's tale, and most of the deletions and/or alterations were for reasons practical(realistically simulating sea-travel, much less a sea battle such as occurs near the end of the original story, is hardly do-able in a film with such budgetary constraints) or social (Lovecraft depicts almost all of Cthulhu's followers as being non-caucasian, which doesn't play very well these days, though they undoubtedly would have gotten away with it in the 1920s.) The 'rich orchestral score' was very nice, I thought, and the acting no worse than many films from all eras with much larger and more professional personnel. Rlyeh is interesting, though it is necessarily difficult to determine what a city of non-Euclidian geometry is supposed to look like, and Cthulhu himself is done more or less in claymation that compares favorably with that sort of thing as it existed in the 20s (for an example, see the hardly-glimpsed miniature demon in Benjamin Christiansen's HAXAN from 1922.) My only quibble is one shared with apparently many others, and that's the fight in the swamp between the NOPD and the cultists--my friends and I made 8mm films as teenagers with considerably more realisitc brawls, but again I'm not really complaining--I've seen professionally-made films from the 1910s all the way up to the '60s with even less convincing fights. But this is in contrast to the other details of the scene, such as the convincingly-gruesome corpses and the wildly cavorting cultists. Love that NOPD van!
In conclusion, I would recommend the film to any Lovecraft aficionado, if only as an example of what is possible even on a slim budget when fans, rather than mere money-men, have the ultimate responsibility for adapting a film. For my part, I would like to see 'The Dunwich Horror' re-made (properly, this time, please,) or an adaptation that combines 'Shadow Over Innsmouth' with 'The Thing on the Doorstep'--THAT would be COOL.


Donald from Lakeville, CT
Thanks so much for the DVD. Very enjoyable and really well done, IMHO. It conveys a sense of dread and mystery that is quite wonderful. I particularly liked Matt Foyer (I think that's who it was) for the way in which his looks and acting really captured the feeling of an old Fritz Lang film like SPIES or DR. MABUSE. The special effects (King Kong's are pale by comparison) are terrific, and I am enjoying watching your commentary about the ingenious ways you achieved them. I liked the music, in general, although I felt it was sometimes too much just mood and not enough strongly thematic.


George from Lexington, KY
My daughter and I LOVED "The Call of Cthulhu". I would rate it one of the
best independent films I have ever seen. Better than the vast majority of
"professional" releases.


Ondrej from Prague
thanks very much for the DVD. I really like the movie, which is made with care and pleasure.


Cynthia from Dubuque, Iowa
My husband really liked the DVD, especially the details of how it was made. We are among the dwindling pool of HP Lovecraft's fans, and the film captured the mood of his books. So thanks!


Christian from Bergen, Norway
The movie gets all tentacles up with me and my friend. Very well done. A great adaptation of the original story and an entertaining and interesting film in it self. Making it a "twenties silent movie" was an act of genius. Oslo was a bit too rural and german/austrian/swiss in style, but we forgive you. I will order my own
copy of the film soon and hope we may see new projects from the HPLHS in the future.

Keep up the good work!



Nick from Norwich, UK
Thanks for the great DVD!

The film was great, and the deleted scenes/raw footage is hilarious.



Barry from Austin
I rented "The Call..." at, I Love Video, in Austin, Texas. I can hardly express how much i enjoyed it.

The "making of.." feature was almost better than the film itself. The sheer imagination behind this movie was a real inspiration.

For this story, black and white is so right. I don't know whether it was the swamp orgy, the rowboat heaving on the black plastic and glitter sea or the street scene in Providence with the Franklin Mint models passing by the corner, but I was very impressed by your combination of technical flair and low-buck stagecraft.

Let's not forget the Island with its Caligari-esque German expressionist rock formations and its "unwholesome" Cyclopian architecture that beautifully evoked the Lovecraftian mood.

All i can say is I hope you make enough money on this project that you can bring us another feature.



Ivan from Brooklyn
Fantastic! I got a big kick out of it--I haven't read the story in a while, but the whole film struck me as *very* faithful to mood of Lovecraft, much more so than any other "official" adaptation of HPL's work.


theresa from san jose, CA
Just thought I'd let you know that my boyfriend and I watched the Call of Cthulhu movie, and we give it 2 tentacles up. Fine holiday fun!

We even watched the behind the scenes featurette, which was also very entertaining too. It's interesting to see how a movie is made in this style. We also loved the Cthulhu puppet, and the swamp scene was amazing! Thanks for making such a cool movie, and if you make more in the future, you have two guaranteed viewers!



Frank from Dallas, TX
I just received the DVD, and watched it ... and it's pretty rutting cool. (Sorry, just watched _Serenity_ last night.)

Having reread Lovecraft's story recently, I was impressed with how much survived in the screenplay ... certainly the basic plotline and the most memorable lines, but also the suspense, the slow build to discovering a new piece of the puzzle. (Nice touch at the beginning, by the way: our "narrator" hesitating to put the last piece in a jigsaw ... an expressionist van Gogh landscape.) Sometimes the low budget showed through, but using a 1920's style covered a multitude of sins, as anyone who's seen _Nosferatu_ or _The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari_ can attest. And the level of acting, of direction, of sheer intangible enthusiasm certainly infuses the production with a polished, professional, yet inspired feel.

Thank you for making this film, and thank Azathoth I discoved your site.

P.S. To get (more) pretentious a moment ... In this age of soulless blockbusters, bean counters layer "star power" and digital effects onto crappy and derivative scripts, and viewers are drifting away. Mal's speech from the end of _Serenity_ pops into my mind: "You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take a boat in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds." Perhaps one day passionate independent film-makers -- armed with the techniques pioneered for grand empty spectacles -- will give the film-going public the sort of intelligent fantasy movies they forgot they wanted. You guys might be the harbingers of that trend.



Rick from Quincy, MA
I received The Call Of Cthulhu yesterday and had to watch it immediately; despite it being the week before Christmas, with all the attendant business, I was too anxious to wait.

My first complaint about the movie is that it was too short; that's also my last complaint.

I enjoyed Cthulhu immensely, from beginning to end, as I expected I would (I had a good feeling about it since the moment I accidentally learned of it). Not only did you capture the spirit of the classic silent films, but you also captured the mood and ambiance of HPL's classic story to a degree that hardly seems possible. If I had time, I would go into more detail; but I suppose if I did, I would have to resort to praising every frame of the film. Let it suffice to say that this movie deserves to be known and seen far more than it is, and I intend to spread the word as much as possible. I'll also take a moment to say that I've long held the view that older styles of storytelling (including filmmaking) should never be viewed as archaic and should not be subsumed by more modern forms; The Call Of Cthulhu is a triumph of that philosophy.

Thank you for this wonderful film; I look forward to viewing all the extras on the DVD and can only hope that your society has more such projects planned for the future.

Happy New Year to you all.


Mike from Sandy Utah
I must say that I was impressed beyond words. We (a group of like minded individuals and I) viewed the movie at a late night screening (or "screaming") and were all thourougly astounded. I cannot think of a better way that this story could have been adapted to film and beleive that a big production with a mega budget and special effects would have ruined the feel and expression of a silent film in the classical style. It struck a chord in the deepest recesses of emotion that still resonates even weeks after seeing it. Looking forward to meeting you at Slamdance next month and will anticipate any follow up projects you might have mind. I know is was a long haul to making the film, but look forward to any future productions. Congrats on a job well done.


Mike from Sandy Utah
I must say that I was impressed beyond words. We (a group of like minded individuals and I) viewed the movie at a late night screening (or "screaming") and were all thourougly astounded. I cannot think of a better way that this story could have been adapted to film and beleive that a big budget production with a mega budget and special effects would have ruined the feel and expression of a silent film in the classical style. It struck a chord in the deepest recesses of emotion that still resonates even weeks after seeing it. Looking forward to meeting you at Slamdance next month and will anticipate any follow up projects you might have mind. I know is was a long haul to making the film, but look forward to any future productions. Congrats on a job well done.


Jason from Widnes, UK
I received your DVD really quickly, and I totally loved it. It was absolutely perfect. Also, I showed it to my two daughters, and they thought it was cool too - although they did laugh a bit at Old Tentacle Chops when he finally did arrive - I think stop-motion is a bit before their time!


Dominic from Brookline, FL
Fantastic!
Finally, finally, someone has gotten it right!


Grant from Calgary
It is an amazing interpretation of the story. I was really impressed by the calibre of the props used. Three different idols, the case of files itself, the sets, the miniature work -- it is hard to believe that this was a fan film ...

How long will it be before you follow it up with "At the Mountains of Madness"?

Kudos to all of you. It was obviously a labor of love, and I think it turned out exceptionally well.



Jaime from Redmond, WA
And let me just take the opportunity to mention that your "Call of Cthulhu" has got to be the best Lovecraft-related film yet made. You guys deserve every possible particle of praise.


Benoit from Paris
I received it yesterday, and spent an excellent time watching it. I found the swamp part truly frightening (even after watching the making of ;-)), and the great finale is pretty strong too, with a magnificent Great C.. Congratulations for the excellent work !


Doug from London
i absolutely LOVED the film (so much i've watched it five times already!).

congratulations on a superb achievement and on it's acceptance into slamdance.

i will be singing it's praises to all who will listen (and some who won't)


Rich from Boca Raton, FL
I watched your film last night, and I thought it was excellent from start to finish! The script, acting, direction, music, and period effects were all terrific. The "making of" short subject was very informative and showed all the work and imagination that went into the production. (It was also hilarious, which contrasted nicely with the doom and gloom mood of the actual film.)
I hope that you can continue making more of these.

I have two MINOR suggestions I wanted to share with you. The first is to maybe ease up a tad on the period makeup (dark eyes and mouths) as the zombie look could be a little distracting; the other is to not deliberately distress the image with specks and lines, unless you're going to be selling a "restored" version in a couple of months!

Thanks for a great entertainment! You have a lot to be proud of.



Nick from Brisbane, Australia
I just received my Call of Cthulhu the other day, I watched it last Saturday night. it was absolutely awesome! I hope you guys have other Lovecraft stories in the works. Do you think you may film " At the mountains Of Madness" ? I would love to see that made into a movie, that was another great story. anyway, many, many thanks for getting that wonderful movie out to me so quickly.


JB from Hugheston, WV
I purchased THE CALL OF CTHULHU as a Cthristmas present, but feared to wrap and send it until I had at least tried the thing out, as defective discs have been known to turn up now and then and "an ounce of prevention," etc. When my 9-year-old nephew came in, wondering what new movie I had, I decided to watch it with him in its entirety. I had to read the captions for him, but he was quickly drawn in by the film. His attention wandered just a bit in the early parts, but once Wilcox and his strange dreams hit the screen, he was hooked. He found the swamp scenes "creepy" and when Cthulhu itself appeared it didn't matter that it wasn't a CGI creation designed by H.R.Giger and ravening in Dolby THX and Technicolour --- you will be happy to know, I'm sure, that he accompanied the conclusion with much arm-waving and cries of "Run! RUN!!" and when the titular fiend began to pursue the ship --- well, I believe Mathew will recall this film in the same way I recall such antique horrors of my own childhood as X THE UNKNOWN or BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. They may have not been "State of the Art" at the time, but they had a wallop nonetheless. One only wishes the screen had been larger! Certain scenes cry out for oversize projection.

As for my own opinion, I am a fan of Lovecraft, of the Val Lewton school of film-making, of the original Outer Limits... essentially it would have had to be abysmal to not get at least a star and a half out of me. However, it is absolutely astonishing what your crew has done with it! The Lewtonian shadows, the Ditko-esque sets, the Expressionist direction: A work of art! A story that could well have been stodgy and static (I've often thought it could best be realized as a one-man presentation, sans sfx!) was instead fluid, suspenseful, eerie; undoubtedly the best Lovecraft adaptation I have ever seen, far superior to all the "professional" productions of the Old Gent's work.

I have very little complaint with the acting; some reviews have mentioned wooden performers, but I could not disagree more with that assessment. The scriptwriter has brilliantly solved the problems in bringing this story to the screen, beginning with the decision to make it a silent film! I recall Dan O'Bannon once stating that he couldn't get beyond Cthulhu's appearance, but Branney's framing story and finale brings the tale to a satisfying, frisson-inducing end. The Lovecraft quotes at the finish have a delightfully chilling resonance, exactly what Lovecraft himself would have hoped for, I'm sure.

Cthulhu, seen only in brief glimpses and largely manifested through shadow and the reactions of the actors faced with the horror, could not have been more alien. The animation process itself makes the entity bizarre and anomalous (see Outer Limits' "Zanti Misfits" or "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork" for other examples).

Only the fight scenes in the swamp seemed a bit ridiculous, quite stiff, underchoreographed, perhaps... but the slow crescendo of atmosphere during Castro's grim interrogation makes up for that in spades.

I will, without doubt, order another for myself as soon as this holiday is over and I can verify that no one else has realized that it would make a good stocking stuffer...of doom, natch. And when I find out how it goes over with its intended recipient, I will report that as well...I expect another glowing review. Magnificent! 4 stars.


mikko from Kotka, Finland
My anticipation was awarded today with the arrival of the DVD. Patiently I awaited for nightfall to watch the movie, and having just done that, I felt motivated for a little feedback.

I could say this in a thousand words, but the truth is I am simply amazed! Even though I had heard that the movie was good, I held certain reservations. Fortunately my fears proved unfounded. Your choice of telling the story in the form of a 1920s-style silent movie not only seems excellent, but perhaps even the only proper way I can imagine a story by Mr. Lovecraft could ever be filmed. The combination of artificially degraded image quality with an extremely emotional film score did something that few movies these days can manage...they sent shivers down my spine. I simply loved the dreamlike (perhaps slightly Tim Burtonesque?) imagery and the Chtonian opera of Wagnerian proportions. Also, I felt that movie was just the right length for a production of this type, as a longer movie would probably not have been as intense. (Incidentally, the ancient gods seemed to be willing to intensify the mood, as the XBox I had chosen as the instrument for viewing the movie crashed during the scene in the Sydney museum, just as the Cthulhu statue was being shown. If only that damned machine had a soul to curse...)

I sincerely hope that this will not be your final production on this subject. Judging from the behind the scenes-extra, this movie was a product of love, and a group of dedicated people with just the right skills and an appropriate amount of good humor. And you know what? It shows through everything in the film! With each passing year I honestly feel more and more that Hollywood of today is increasingly dominated by the desire to put quantity over quality, and this is reflected in the soulless movies that have emerged from the large studios during the past few years. It seems appropriate that a group of independent filmmakers should pay homage to the golden days of filmmaking in America, when the things lost in primitive technology were more than replaced with creativity and enthusiasm.

I have loved the works of Lovecraft since my early teens, and more than once have I dreamed of a proper film adaptation of one of his works. Dagon came close, but ultimately it wasn't really what I feel Lovecraft was trying to convey to us in his writings. On the other hand, Call of Cthulhu seems just right. Thank you for all your hard work, it was truly worth it! And I think Lovecraft would also approve...



Caroline from Philadelphia, PA USA
I saw this at a local sf con, Philcon, this past weekend Dec. 9 - 11, 2005. I was very impressed. The look of the film was great!

Good luck at Sundance!



Jonathan from Sherman Oaks, CA
I watched every single minute of that dvd and I enjoyed every blood curdling minute. Absolutely, friggin wonderful work.


Nathan from Solihull, UK
I recieved my 'Call of Cthulhu' DVD through the post earlier this week and immediately watched it after waking up on my day-off and grabbing it out my letter box. All I can say is... absolutely brilliant!! :)

You guys have done an amazing job with this film, it's a wonderful slice of postmodern homage to a modernist masterpiece that after watching it a couple of times I can no longer imagine it being done in any other way. The choice to shoot and stylize it like a 1920's silent movie is a stroke of pure genius!! Also, the soundtrack is awesome and I may have to pick a copy of it up from yourselves at some point after the new year.

One of my old university lecturers is also interested in this film too, so I'll give him a preview of it shortly and spread word-of-mouth around the Uni about this wonderful film. Outstanding work guys, puts bigger-budget productions to absolute shame!!



Bryan from Rockwall, TX
Watched it tonight and was blown away. You truly did the story justice in a novel way that didn't offend my senses with bunches of hokey effects. I'm a big fan of Lovecraft and German Expressionist films, and I love the way you combined the two. I hope you guys make a ton of money from it, get a lot of exposure, and come out with another faithful Lovecraft film adaptation (after all, there are too few of those around).



Thanks, congrats and well done!


Henning from Lillehammer, Norway
I just watched "Call of Cthulhu", and it would be the understatement of the year to say that i liked it :-)
Watching it felt just like reading a Lovecraft story, and I have never seen any movie based on a Lovecraft story that even comes close to this!


Erkka from Tampere, Finland
The DVD arrived today. It was a great movie! A real lovecraftian movie should be made just like that. Thank you!


Pan from Coquitlam, British Columbia
Hail Friends at HPLHS!

Just wanted to take a minute to let you know I recently ordered and received a copy of your "Callof Cthulhu" DVD, and wanted to let you know that it was nothing short of a masterpiece! It was brilliant...and everyone involvedshould be fiercely proudofall their efforts on the project!

This Lovecraft fanaticis proud to own such an amazingpiece of art, and I amdeeply grateful for the lot of you for your obvious labour of love and devotion toremaining true to the master's work. Bravo for perfectly achieving your goals of making a movie that looks as though it was made at the time the story was written!

I truly hope to see more productions from you folks in the future.

Keep up the fantastic work!


Pan from Coquitlam, British Columbia
Hail Friends at HPLHS!

Just wanted to take a minute to let you know I recently ordered and received a copy of your "Callof Cthulhu" DVD, and wanted to let you know that it was nothing short of a masterpiece! It was brilliant...and everyone involvedshould be fiercely proudofall their efforts on the project!

This Lovecraft fanaticis proud to own such an amazingpiece of art, and I amdeeply grateful for the lot of you for your obvious labour of love and devotion toremaining true to the master's work. Bravo for perfectly achieving your goals of making a movie that looks as though it was made at the time the story was written!

I truly hope to see more productions from you folks in the future.

Keep up the fantastic work!


Rich from Pontefract, UK
i really enjoyed the film, iv'e been waiting twenty five years for somebody to make that movie! i thought the cultists in the swamp scene looked brilliant, the sailors wandering around r'lyeh looked great as well. the extra features were well worth watching and i loved the behind the scenes bit.


borogis from ciau
It's the best movie based in a HPL's novel i have ever seen.


Bill from The Antarctic Wastes
Sirs,
Oh, huzzah! Huzzah, I say! Just finished viewing The Call Of Cthulhu.
Brilliant! Smashing!


Rich from Location Unknown
Watched The Call of Cthulhu. What a great movie! I have recommended it to my friends.


John from Seaside, Cal.
The movie was utterly horrifying, and I loved it. I think I must now go insane. Gibber.


Bert from New Smyrna Beach, FL
I watched "The Call of Cthulhu" for the first time yesterday with a friend who is unfamiliar with HPL. We both liked it very much! I think the 1920's silent film style was the best way to go because it gave the film a theatrical feel. I especially liked the depiction of the Cthulhu worshippers in the swamp - oh yeah, who hasn't been THERE before?! Anyhow, as a result my pal is now determined to read some HPL, and as I said we both give TCoC a thumbs up. I've been waiting a long time for someone to do a faithful rendition of a Lovecraft story set to film, and I feel that you have succeeded.


Ken from Mount Tabor, NJ
I love the movie. Viewed a loaner, and fell in love. Especially pleased with the winning and earnest tone of the special features. You have crafted art with a special compound of love.


Jeff from Dickinson, ND
Great Ones,

I watched the movie with my extended family--none of whom had read Lovecraft before. My reactions as a longtime Lovecraft reader were pretty much as you've seen reflected in other reviews. You managed to capture the mood and sense of forboding that made Lovecraft's works superior. But I thought you might also be interested in a non-fan's views as well.

The reactions of the five other people I watched it with included a huge appreciation for the Music Score, which captured the feeling of an old silent film for them, and also enhanced the visual scenes of the movie quite well. This feeling was universal. Also, they all felt that it was a "good" movie--certainly worth the watching for entertainment value.

Alas, there were some disturbing reactions. One thought the movie was "like an old Charlie Chaplan flick", and another found that it was "a well done spoof--funny and corny". Hardly creating a sense of sinister forboding and dread in their minds! Questioning the remaining three revealed that they too, did not feel their souls eclipsed by a huge blackness (though they did not have the reverse-feeling of the first two).

The investigation further revealed that it was the very nature of the period-movie itself that produced this effect on a crowd used to Matrix movies--and without the instilled horror a reader of Lovecraft has brought to the viewing with themselves.

I feared to take the inquiry further--the potential repercussions are too great and I must confess I am frightened--very frightened--of those consequences.





Paul from Hampton, Virginia
This is probably the only way to properly portray this story into film. As a black and white silent film, it truly gives off the essence of that 1920's feeling, which is when the story was wrote. If it had been made by a major motion picture studio, they would have thrown in unnecessary subplots, big name actors that were all wrong for their parts, and the cthulhu would probably not even looked right. This adaptation, however, is truly a masterpiece. I just watched it for the first time today and it's already in my top ten films


Rod from Jackson, NJ
Many people have accused me of being a tough grader. Too critical. Thinking about it now, even I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this film.

The HPLHS has truly captured the silent movie feel they were shooting for; I swear I could almost smell popcorn and roasted peanuts in the air at different points.

In some scenes, the director manages to pull off clever effects reminiscent of Ed Wood, but with aplomb and dash. Not once did I think, "well, this is just silly, " as I have through so many existing HPL-adaptation attempts.

The director successfully stitches together the complicated storylines in Lovecraft's story; flashbacks and even flashbacks within flashbacks do not become tedious or confusing.

Compelling and appropriately synchronous soundtrack, too, showing all the marks of a great production.

I fear I may sound like a shill, but this is among the very best Lovecraft adaptations I have ever seen.

Even the dvd menu page is cool.

Ya gotta see this. It's a must-have ... in my humble opinion.



Larry from Los Angeles
Finally watched the DVD last night. It's just fantastic. I'm blown away at how you accomplished the whole vision. The titles and music were specially effective. I loved some of the props, too. It's just a grand slam.


Bruce from Toronto
Just wanted to say "Call of Cthulhu" was excellent! Thanks for making such a wonderful film! And they said (THEY) it couldn't be done!!!!


John from Washington DC
I watched this alone late at night and despite my Brobdingnagian cynicism it creeped me out! Fantastic!


Michael from Alexandria, Virginia
It's wonderful! My wife and I both loved it.


Helen from Santa Clara
the kids ( 18 yrs and 13 yrs ) loved the movie. loved that you did a silent flick and liked it way better than talkie Lovecraft story movies.


Rory from Providence
Came home yesterday to find a thing on my doorstep -- the Call of Cthulhu DVD. Watched it immediately, and I think it's great! Even better than I expected. I thought it would be a campy, actors-can't-keep-a-straight-face, home-brew video, but was very pleasantly surprised. I also wasn't expecting to see any shots of Providence, and loved the way you slipped old traffic onto North Main Street. The whole thing was really well done. Good job!


Eric from Boston
Holy Shit! Absolutely brilliant adaptation. I am in love with this movie. You guys did an incredible job! thank you so much. Im sure HPL would be thrilled!


Micah from Greenville, NC
I teach film, literature and composition at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC. A while back I ordered your "Call of Cthulhu" dvd and you asked for my thoughts. Here they are * belated as they may be.

I think your movie was GREAT!!! Fantastic adaptation! Impressive effects! The stop motion was appropriate for the time you evoked (Harryhausen sophistication would have been out of the milieu) and the animation was staged with an eye for drama.

I love your conception of doing it cinema circa 1925, and all the great period touches such as your art deco designed menu and the "Expressionistic" stylings you gave your version of R'yleh. DVD case art and logo is wonderfully period as well * ever think about making a movie poster for sale of that cover? It looks like it would fit in with the vintage genre posters collected in "Graven IMages."

You followed your conception through with so much integrity, that even the theatrical creation of the ocean through fabric was perfectly acceptable. In fact, there was one tableau you guys created with starry skys, I think, that was beautiful evocative of the stage. For the most part, your actors had good character actor looks that seemed appropriate for 1925.

Well, I loved it (and "Call" is my personal favorite Lovecraft tale) and I plan to be showing it in American Literature this summer when I teach the story.



Paula from Van Nuys, CA
Finally got around to ordering this movie and it came in the mail last wednesday.

I watched it while cooking thanksgiving dinner, and I enjoyed every minute, until the Mighty Cthulhu appeared! Just a bear glimpse of him and my feeble mind unhinged and i wanted to run, screaming into the night.

By friday night, I got my wits about me and decided to watch it again. I enjoyed it immensely.

It was produced by the nice folks at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society just a hop skip and jump away in Glendale california.

Now, I first read "The Call of Cthulhu" maybe 12 years ago and if you've never read HP Lovecraft, I would have to describe him as a much more darker, morbid and horrifying Edgar Allen Poe, you feel me?

There are many movies that were made based on stories written by HP Lovecraft. The Re-Animator, for instance was based on the story "Herbert West - Reanimator", there was also The Necronomicon, The Dunwich Horror, etc. Very few of the movies that were made out there based on his work are really good, in my opinion. If you really look around, you would find a little HP Lovecraft everywhere out there: Hellboy, both the movie and the comic book, The Evil Dead series, the punk band Rudimentary Peni, the metal band Metallica, specifically the instrumental masterpiece "Call of Ktulu" from Ride the Lightening and "the thing that should not be" from Master of Puppets (early Metallica just fucking rocks)...

Ok starting to ramble here. About the MOVIE:

it was a silent movie, made in the style used in the 1920's. The scoring was nice, usually when I watch a silent movie I just mute it and play some music that I like in the background (like with Phantom of the Opera). I didn't feel like I needed to with this movie, don't get me wrong, at some point I will, but at this time, the music that was composed for this film is good enough.

The acting was ok, I'm not an actor meself and many of the movies that I enjoy have let's say, less than quality acting (come on, Evil Dead 2:dead by dawn). I dug it (yessum!)

The props were amazing, I wish I had three hundred bucks to through away on some of the props they have available in their online shop.

The scenes and atmosphere that they created were just outstanding. The dreamscapes, the louisiana swamp, the ocean. Especially the Louisiana swamp, when the police were about to crash the Cthulhu cult's reverie, with all the fog and branches and mud and general creepiness... I swear, some of the scenes looked like the artwork used on Opeth's Blackwater Park CD... (coincidence?)

The budget was tiny, but they pulled it off really well...

This movie is rare: it's a satisfying screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story, truly faithful to the source.

If you like horror movies, especially classic horror, buy this. Any real fan of Lovecraft's work would not be dissappointed, this movie is far more superior to the boring big-budget Hollywood horror swill...

buy it, buy it now...



Matthew from Albuquerque
I finally got to watch your film tonight. As a fan of both Lovecraft and early silent horror movies it was quite a delight! It was wonderful to finally see a period-piece Lovecraft film. You did a great job creating an ominous mood, and the acting was surprisingly good. Overall I think you made a high quality film on a limited budget, I'm sure that it will become a classic. I got a good laugh out of all the extras too. Please give my thanks to all the cast and crew. I hope that this film makes you all rich, or at least infamous!


Mark from Muskego. WI
Being a Lovecraft fan since middle school, I always thought that "The Call Of Cthulhu" should somehow be translated to the screen. After seeing HPLHS's impressive trailer for their silent, fan-made, rendition, I decided to take a chance and ordered a copy. It did not disappoint at all. So far, I have shown it to four other people and they thought it was fantastic. This is, hands down, the best Lovecraft adaptation of all time.

I would never have thought of producing "The Call Of Cthulhu" as a silent film, but it works extremely well. Along with capturing the look and feel of cinema in Lovecraft's time, the emotion portrayed in the actor's expressions and actions carries the story far better than dialogue ever could. It's lost style that's reminiscent of "Nosferatu" or "The Phantom Of The Opera." You don't need to hear the actors speak to know that they are facing a stark cosmic terror. Instead, you actually feel their horror along with them.

Kudos to the producers for using time-tested techniques to create period special effects on a shoe-string budget. Mlis would be proud.



Jim from Covington, KY
The movie was amazing. You all did a great job with everything: acting, atmosphere, etc. Surely, you'll continue on with adaptations of the other 'great texts' of Lovecraft. ;-)


Clark from West Hollywood
The movie's incredible -- it really blew me away. I'd just re-read the original story the week the DVD arrived, and your film is by far the most faithful Lovecraft movie ever made. I'm awestruck by such an epic accomplishment on so small a budget, and your ingenuity really floored me. Several friends are going to receive this as a holiday gift, and I know they're gonna be thrilled beyond belief.


Gary from Edenbridge, United Kingdom
The DVD arrived safe and well and I watched the movie over the weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it captured the feeling of a 1920's silent film, so I guess you met your goal - at least for this satisfied viewer. The soundtrack was awesome and fitted the film perfectly. The DVD is really professionally produced and the documentory was great.


Juan Luis from Madrid
Et ludo est one could conclude.

On the one side, this short film has left in me an impression of something that is just a cute little thing, underscoring the word little. On the other, deeper and more serious, it gives an idea of the utterly tiresome work that underlies nearly everything when you want to do something well done, and the lively, genuine and firm enthusiasm that you must put to face it if you want success guarantee. Lets go on a more detailed review, I think this deserves it.

Regarding the container. Well, it must be said, some technical details are a little cheesy. Subtitles other than english, make for a rare (if quick, fortunately) distortion of the image in the shape of a grey horizontal band appearing briefly at the top. But the main drawback is that some of them are really too much quick to get read in time. You can use the pause, of course, but this breakes the rhythm a little. Not so much narrative rhythm but musical continuity. Other than this, is not bad and you have the quality that could be expected from a DVD.

Regarding the contents. I would say that there are two bad points regarding the film: first, it is short, too much short! It is true that unlike todays cinema, in which we are accustomed to be bombed with one or two thousand repetitive shots to realize a detail, and in which this can be said too of the whole story (when theres one), in yesteryears cinema all went more straight to the point, but even so, I would regard it as too short. Second bad point is sea, or scenes involving sea. Yes, as you recognize it yourselves, this is sort of pathetic, guys. And slightly more pathetic in scenes involving real size actors than models ones.

And now with good points, which are, essentially, everything else. The way in which everything is done resembling the times of the silent movies is quite right. I mean not only B&W or titles but edition, framing, acting everything (FX included, sure). To my mind, and taking into account this last point, acting is remarkably good, almost professional, one of the strong points. The way in which the impossible geometry of R'lyeh is dealt with is really fine and clever. And all the sculptures done for the city quite laborious, I guess, and therefore, meritorious. But one of my favorite points of them all, is music. This is a ten out of a total of ten. Magnificent work done by the composers. And my last praise goes to screenplay. Intended or not (I hope it is!) the respect shown here for the original play is simply exemplary. Regarding today's cinema, if only so many other things would have been done this way!

So all in all, this -again- little cute thing has left a nice impression in me (which is no small task). To be sincere, it leaves in me the will of a great film done for the big screen with professional means and *your* enthusiasm and respect for the original tale.

Bottom line is that I would score it as just medium, regarding absolute aftermath, and then highest, regarding relative values (how it has been done, by whom, etc.). Congratulations!

Yours... Cthulhy!

Juan Luis Huerta Martn
Madrid, ESPAA



Paul S from Rural Oxfordshire, Great Britain
Gosh.

That was incredible, in a way I would never have expected. A note perfect production, which genuinely brings the story to life, and gives R'yleh in particular real power. The sailors' exploration of the city, and the flight from Cthulhu are brilliantly horrible. Huge, huge respect to the filmmakers, who I would now like to marry.

Yes, that's right. Each and every one. Without divorce.

Cthulhu really DOES live! You chaps have my limitless gratitude. How can I get involved?



Dave from Pittsburgh
It's great!


Thomas from Ridgecrest, CA
The Call of Cthulhu is that rarest of beasts: a satisfying screen adaptation of a Lovecraft story. The photography is dynamic and atmospheric, the editing displays a knowledge of cinematic pace and rhythm, the music is original and lively (if occasionally obviously electronic), the acting is good (the narrator and the Norwegian sea captain give stand-out performances), and the sets arent bad at all, with the swamp and Rlyeh being surprisingly effective. The only disappointment is Cthulhu himself. I hate to find fault in what must have taken time and effort to accomplish, but the Big Guy is a distraction. That said, the suspense and dread achieved in the scene right before he rises from the tomb is simply wonderful. The fact that this is a well-made and creative adaptation that actually follows Lovecrafts story pretty much note for note should be enough to recommend it to any HPL aficionado. Id like to note that I think the mock-1920s style would be a perfect vehicle for adaptations of prose-poems like Nyarlathotep, The Moon-Bog, The Strange High House in the Mist, and The Doom that Came to Sarnath.


Michael from Hamilton, NJ
I just wanted to thank the HPLHS and everyone involved with "The Call of Cthulhu" for finally giving the world a Lovecraft movie that is truly faithful to the source material. I've waited a very long time for someone to finally take up the challenge and make HPL's fictional world a reality without sacrificing the man's original vision. You've not only been faithful to the material but have made a wonderful film in the process as well. Everyone involved in the production of "The Call of Cthulhu" should be very proud of what you have created. I hope that this will not be the only Lovecraft story that the HPLHS tries its hand at. Well done and I hope you continue to bring HPL's stories to life.


Croc lebo from FRANCE
One foggy saturday morning, I hopened my mail box and there it was!lurking patiently among tasteless letters. I picked it up with caution and my eyes were immediatly ensnarred by the strange sigils covering the parcel. I rushed to my secret and occult study and there I unwrapped the strange paper who felt a bit like dried human skin. I don't know what happened then but when I woke up I was holding a very professionnal like DVD box in one hand and sliding a mysterious silver disk in my Digital Yuggotho Player machine. First it seemed that I was watching some kind of old movie but then my mind started flowing freely and suddenly there I was! in those unholly swamps with inspector Legrasse and all. Everyone seemed so real, they were transfering on me all their emotions, all their fears...all their madness. Yes I have experienced Mythoscope and I've never felt anything like this since the last time I drank some Liao drug. Humans must never know...but YOU, my reader...you must absolutely see that!


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Radoslaw from London
Got it. Absolutely fantastic! :)


johnie from Johnson City, TN
Do we really need to go backwards? I can admire what the film makers attempted to do just like any other person but why a silent B&W film? I did enjoy some parts of the movie but found most of it boring. Good attempt however.


Joe from Mill Valley, CA
Actually, the disc showed up on Monday! You guys really MUST have eerie powers... Anyway, I watched it last night, and enjoyed it immensely! The concept was charming, and it was so well-executed! The look and feel were
spot-on; I'll be inflicting the trailer on all and sundry.

Many thanks to all who took on such a massive undertaking, particularly for making their work available to the unwashed masses.



Henry from Syracuse, NY
First of all, let me say that I thought CALL OF CTHULHU was terrific. Very eerie and far better than most modern horror films. Amazing what you were able to accomplish on such a low budget.


Jonathan from Thompson
For years it's been thought that a GOOD movie taken directly from the work of H.P. Lovecraft was impossible. Mostly due to the stories being rather short and lack the length of a proper movie. But finally, it's been done.
The HPLHS has produced a great film of H.P. Lovecraft's cult classic, The Call of Cthulhu. Shot intentionally in black and white with no sound, this movie adheres to the original story and doesn't disappoint. The title cards sometimes go by a little fast, as a few of them are quite long. Despite the style of the movie being questionable(As it doesn't affect the story in anyway, but it's what helps make the movie unique!), they still managed to pull off a great hit!
The movie itself is about a man who is watching over a relative's estate. While taking care of it he uncovers a cosmic horror. Soon becoming obsessed with the great mysteries and horror he also discovers his decadent mentality as he delves deeper and deeper into the Cthulhu Mythos. While not being the typical 'jump-out-of-your-seat' horror, it has a very creepy feel to it, and as the movie moves on, it becomes quite freaky. Sure, it might not make you jump like other horror movies, but it certainly knows how to put the fear in you.
The movie also has a great soundtrack, it's never off-putting and almost always has perfect timing to the events being displayed. The music is congenial, which helps build the atmosphere.
All in all this is a great movie, especially to the H.P. Lovecraft fans, who will no doubt find this movie a great adaptation. I recommend this movie to anybody who's interested enough to watch it. You don't have to be a fan to appreciate and understand the movie. Just sit back and feel the chills grow up your spine as you watch the celebrated story of The Call of Cthulhu!


Jonathan from Thompson, Canada
For years it's been thought that a good movie taken directly from the work of H.P. Lovecraft was impossible. Mostly due to the stories being rather short and lack the length of a proper movie. But finally, it's been done.

The HPLHS has produced a great film of H.P. Lovecraft's cult classic, The Call of Cthulhu. Shot intentionally in black and white with no sound, this movie adheres to the original story and doesn't disappoint. The title cards go by a little fast, a few of them are quite long. Despite the style of the movie being questionable(As it doesn't affect the story in anyway, but it's what helps make the movie unique!), they still managed to pull off a great hit.

The movie itself is about a man who is watching over a relative's estate. While taking care of it he uncovers a cosmic horror. Soon becoming obsessed with the great mysteries and horror he also discovers his decadent mentality as he delves deeper and deeper into the Cthulhu Mythos. While not being the typical 'jump-out-of-your-seat' horror, it has a very creepy feel to it, and as the movie moves on, it becomes quite freaky. Sure, it might not make you
jump like other horror movies, but it certainly knows how to put the fear in
you.

The movie also has a great soundtrack, it's never off-putting and almost always has perfect timing to the events being displayed. The music is congenial, which helps build the atmosphere.

All in all this is a great movie, especially to the H.P. Lovecraft fans, who will no doubt find this movie an awesome adaptation. I recommend this movie to anybody who's interested enough to watch it. You don't have to be a fan to appreciate and understand the movie. Just sit back and feel the chills grow up your spine as you watch the celebrated story of The Call of Cthulhu!



Byron from Charlotte, North Carolina
Okay, I got the film yesterday and I watched it this morning. I can't believe how good it is. I also can't believe how faithful to the original text it is. Basically, what I'm saying is that I can't believe it. My brain has shut down and I am no longer capable of rational thought. It was that good.

But, seriously, I also need to mention how very important this movie is. Not many people have tried to seriously put together silent films since the 1920's. I've looked around a little bit (online, granted) and the only "new" silent film projects I've been able to find references to are the shorts being done at silentghostcinema.com and the occasional "tribute" or privately commissioned things for one-time events (e.g. the Michael Whalen stuff last May). I know that there have also been occasional films without audible dialogue every now and then (for example, I'm not sure about this since I haven't gotten the chance to see as much as I'd like, but I think a good deal of Svankmajor's stuff -- which is to an extent what the Cthulhu scenes remind me of a little -- was music-only).

Silent movies got pretty sophisticated by the 20's. Then the major film studios decided to switch to sound and with the monetary success of THAT, it seems they all but abandoned the concept. We never got to find out what the silent film was going to become -- how it would change, grow and develop; there was a massive potential there that was never fully tapped. And what
I'm saying here is that I think you guys are on to something -- "The Call of Cthulhu" continues the evolution of silent movies as a whole. The techniques used in the film (stop-motion, green-screen and even the MythoScope, to name a few) to accomplish what you needed to accomplish have opened up a LOT of new possibilities for the advancement of the silent movie. An entire avenue for the progression of visual media that has been largely unexplored is finally getting another look and frankly I find that to be damned exciting.

(Okay, granted it may just be because I'm a tormented compulsive writer who finds it cool whenever ANY ideas can be articulated as well as you've done it, but hey, my vote still counts, doesn't it?) ;)

Okay, enough of my gushing ravings. I'll stop geeking over it now.

In short, good job, guys. Insanely good.



Sean from Calgary
A quick note. Watched it last night.
Sublime!
You guys really worked you period and HPL-fu on the film and it shows.

As a film nerd I salute your cheeky silent, low-budget approach. The story translated better than I expected.

The gf shuddered and fought back child-hood fears of when her mom took her to Nosferatu at silent festival when she was young.

My five year-old Liam took one look at the cover of the DVD and declared it was way too scary for him and he'd watch it when he was 18.

I loved it.



Carolyn from Duluth, MN
I cannot praise this little gem enough. The honesty and love with which this film is graced shames Hollywood blockbusters. Thank you for a real treasure.


Sarah from Minneapolis
Wow, you guys are AWESOME!

My husband ordered your movie, and would not stop talking about it. He thought it was really amazing...so now I have to order MORE stuff!



David from Toronto
My copy of 'The Call of Cthulhu' arrived last night and I could hardly wait to watch it. I was not disappointed--it was an altogether excellent adaptation of the Lovecraft classic, more faithful than any other Lovecraft adaptation and in many ways much more enjoyable. The decision to film it 'in period' as a silent movie with titles and orchestral score was an inspired one--it was like a Guy Madden movie you can actually understand! Terrific acting, gorgeous cinematography, marvelous special effects--the perfect Gothic stocking stuffer!


Adam from Carlilse, UK
This is one of the greatest things I have ever seen. Heres hoping to more from these very talented people.


Alex from Herborn, GERMANY
Wow, I've seen the trailer and ordered the DVD at once. I can't wait to get it!
Good to see, that there are still some fans of silent movies out there! Good job, guys!
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The webside will be relaunched at the end of the year!


Benjamin from Cologne, Germany
Got my two copies today (one for a now very happy friend). I just had to order the movie immediately after seeing the great trailer (no it does not give away the coolest moments in the movie) and I wasn't disappointed.

If you like Lovecraft and/or truly love movies, especially classic horror movies, you simply have to see this. Sick of pointless remakes and generic teen fodder? "The Call of Cthulhu" is a true original. One of the coolest American genre pictures of recent times.

Buy. This. Now.



Ralph from Pawtucket, Rhode Island
"The Call" got through! This is a treat for any Lovecraft fan. Inspired filmwork, with a masterful soundtrack. The HPLHS should be the only group allowed to bring Lovecraft to the screen. Thank you.



paul from lincoln, England
What a fantastic film. I enjoyed every minute, until the Mighty Cthulhu appeared! just a mear glimpse of him and my feeble mind unhinged and i ran screaming into the night. aaaarrrrrgggggh !!!
(Two weeks later)
Now that i have come to my sences i may atempt to watch the film to its cataclysmic end. Yog Sothoth save me.
Paul.


Magnus from Visby, Sweden
Received the DVD yesterday and I just have to say that it's beauooooooooooooootyful!


William from Charleston
I am a big fan of HPLHS and have both of their music Cd's A Very Scary Solstice for the holiday season and A Shoggoth on the Roof The Cast Album. And just the other day I received my copy of the new Motion Picture: The Call of Cthulhu! I can not tell you how please I was upon viewing it. I was at times on the edge of my seat. Please bear in mind that I was only at most hoping to be mildly amused, and half expecting it to be a little lame. I was wrong. You need to see this film. Better than the last 10 horror movies I have seen combined.



Julie from Saugus, CA
I greatly enjoyed the Call of Cthulhu DVD. The '20s style filmmaking worked very well and I think you really captured the feel of the story. I should have said something sooner, but the sights of such cosmic horror drove me temporarily (?) insane.


David from Washington DC
To say that we adore your moving picture would be an understatement of staggering proportions.

Private audiences in both Washington, DC and Manhattan have howled, hooted, freeze-framed, auplauded, clinked frosted white wine glasses, geeked out and just generally delighted in your efforts.

Hats off gentlemen, damn, but you've done GOOD.

and I'm sure our beloved Gentleman of Providence would be wryly pleased...

Really, it is just so enjoyably well done, an excellent job. Thanks.



Noah Stevens from Crestview, FL
Well, I received the DVD about 3 weeks ago. It was great - a true testament to what can be lovingly crafted by insane persons with limited means. You cultists, you! The acting was perfect (without any dialogue, no less!) and the effects and sets were extremely well done. That said, I thought that Great Cthulhu ought to have been hinted at more and seen a little less. Stop motion animation, it seems, cannot convey his indescribable awfulness. That's just a problem of the medium, though, and not the work of the film makers themselves who did a commendable job. The swamp sets were absolutely phenomenal and the Inspector Legrasse episode was spot on.

Very good work, and kudos to everyone involved. Get to work on the Shadow Over Innsmouth, please. Or at the very least, the Whisperer in Darkness.

IA! IA!



John from Springfield Ohio
This is the best Lovecraft movie I have seen. Minor problems? Yeah. Budget wasn't millions of dollars so the special effects aren't the greatest, but they are effective anyway. Good acting, good music, faithful adaptation and to be honest, the so called "hokey" Cthulhu at the end was still chilling. You just have to have some imagination. Well worth buying and watching over and over.


Tony from Philadelphia
I just want to say how amazing the film is. I've watched it a few times already, and am still blown away by your film.


jason from the shadow-haunted outside
I just got The Call of cthulhu today in the mail and watched it immediately. I absolutely loved it!! A very well-done and serious adaptation of the story, great job guys!! I don't know what else to say... it's great, I love it and it's an essential part of my already large DVD collection. Whether or not Lovecraft liked cinema or not I think this film would make him proud.


jason from the shadow-haunted outside
I just got The Call of cthulhu today in the mail and watched it immediately. I absolutely loved it!! A very well-done and serious adaptation of the story, great job guys!! I don't know what else to say... it's great, I love it and it's an essential part of my already large DVD collection. Whether or not Lovecraft liked cinema or not I think this film would make him proud.


Mike from Somewhere
I got it and I watched it 3 times already. Kudos to all involved! It rocks!


Stephen from Huddersfield, UK
I just watched the movie last night - have to say I'm really impressed.

I think doing it in the style of a 20's silent movie was inspired, and it turns all the special effects into something that adds to the movie instead of detracting from it - which is often where low-budget films fall down. It really captured the feel of Lovecraft's story well, I think.

My favourite bits would have to be Ry'leh and Cthulu himself (of course) and the swamp scene.


Bob from Durham, NC
I received the movie yesterday evening and watched it with much delight. It is clearly the best screen adaptation of Lovecraft to date. My hearty thanks for your hard work on the project.


Trevor from Melbourne, Australia
I finally got around to watching Call of Cthulhu last night, and was extremely impressed. Now I'm going to have to buy another copy, as a Christmas gift for a few friends who worked on some of Chaosium's Cthulhu projects years ago.. I'm certain they'll get a real kick out of it. :)
Very well done!


Kay from Stockton
My movie arrived. With a detached eye (figuratively, not physically), I saw my hands tremble as I struggled to remove the cello wrap. Oddly enough, my brain failed to recognize the danger, the horror that was soon to befall my mere mortal mind! There, the innocently shining disc, that thin little piece of technology that held "unspeakable" nightmares within its coded contents...

As the room went dark, the small glow of a single red eye illuminated the infernal machine, and (foolish mortal that I am) I pressed the button marked PLAY on my remote.

"Select Language" the fickering light proposed to my retinas..What horror HAD I unleashed... 27 choices..The Evil one offered his humor, his mind rending fiendishness- 27 different Languages!

I felt the subtle tug of the Byakee's gnawing at my mind. "Press Play..." I did.

It seems a blur to me now, that muting of color in the visual realm, the slight flicker of Mythovision, the incredible sounds reverberating in my head.

"Oh hush and turn off the Sub-Woofer" Tory said!
It was GREAT! Personally I think it should get some serious screen time in a real theater. These folks, on a literal shoe string budget managed to create what many of then felt was a near impossibility. They did it with incredible lighting, camera, and SFX while keeping a very period feel to both the film, and the methods. And pretty darn good acting too. The extras on the DVD are a hoot, and I am not sure, but I could have recognized Clifford as one of the Crazed cultists in the swamp scene...!

I strongly suggest- before the Great God Cthulu himself puts the thought into your head the hard way- That you spend the paltry $20 and shipping change to get this small work or art for your collection. This is no 10 minute fan movie! This thing made me miss the first 10 minutes of CSI, and that says something, because I could not tape and watch DVD at the same time! (And I GOTS to have my CSI)
Kay



Clifford the Red from Monrovia, California
Wow! The menu alone is a work of art with its old projection feel and then it only gets better. The filming is really top notch late 20s filmaking at its best! Not to be silly, but they really tried to recreate that feeling and succeeded brilliantly, down to the creature. The script was quite faithful to Lovecraft and they did a wonderful job with the props which I am lusting after. The score is wonderful. A remarkable feat on a budget that would scarcely buy a round for the tormented citizens of Arkham at the pub.

Cheers!



Jason from Shrewsbury, MA
What a great way to tell the story. Those who appreciate Lovecraft should appreciate this film. The pullback sequence of R'lyeh was quite impressive. The mini model used for R'lyeh had optical illusions built into it, which is what I was hoping for. I like the making of extra on the DVD as it showed how you can get away with some real cheap tricks to get various visual effects across. Great Stuff!


Ed from Vancouver
I loved the visual style, the cinematography and the editing of this movie. A lot of fan-films are hit or miss, and editing is very crucial in making the film flow well, transitioning from one scene to another. The decision to make this a silent film with the orchestral soundtrack is a definate plus in giving the story the dated feel in the era that Lovecraft set this story in. While I can understand that DV is the way to go for today's film-making, it is a shame that this movie couldn't be shot with older reel cameras to give it the less digital feel.


Jim from Gteborg (Sweden)
The film absolutely blew me away. I have been following the developmnet since it was first announced and my expectations have been building all the way to its european premiere at MiskatoniCon in Stockholm.
When I finally got to see it I had the opportunity to see it with a wonderful live introduction by misters Branney and Leeman themselves. That might have been in favor for the screening afterwards, but still the film is a beautiful and well told piece.

The differences from the original story are few and really minor. It is as close an adaptaion I have ever seen and still it is a good film. All scenes are impeccable in detail and he characters are wonderfully captured by the actors. Miming is kept within tolerances for modern audiences, even though I personally could have accepted the typical overacting of the silent movie era.

As I have great love for Caligari and Golem I am very happy that the similarities to those masterpieces from about the same time are many. I will have to watch them side by side at some time to actually be able to notice any artisticly differences in quality.

My main criticism is to the limits of available digital cameras available today. There's a lack of noise, pixels are discernable and the burnout is too flat for an old time movie. Perhaps it could have been faked too, but it's beyond me to judge.

So far I have only listened to the score once (my soundtrack cd was missing in the HPLHS-sealed cover, but don't worry - the store I bought it from is already replacing it) but my first impression was good, in the traditional sense, that a good score is not noticed, only felt. I have yet to hear it in Mythoscope though. Left is just the small anachronism that sometimes the instruments stand out as synthesized. Not enough to disturb anything though.

The extramaterial is hilarious and its simplicity is definitely its strength. Contents covers more or less all aspects of making this movie wich is something you never get in large Hollywood productions.

Finally the geniality with wich Sean, Andrew, Dan and David has visualized R'Lyeh deserves a mention in all future schoolbooks in filmography!

Thanks to all members the crew who have devotedly worked to bring us fans such a superb Lovecraft adaptation, of qualities no multi million industrial film studio has ever come near.



Robert from Alingss - Sweden
I saw it at the Swedish premiere some days ago. It was awsome. It realy gives the feeling of a old 1920 movie.
Verry well made, awsome cast and impresive shooting.
I recomend it.


Michael Lee from London, UK
Watched The Call Of Cthulhu for a second time last night, flipping ace. The music was brilliant, I highly recommend listen to some of it. Problems with it: Castro's hands looked wrong, I don't know what annoyed me about them, but they did. In the row boat scene the ores don't touch the water. And the papers all looked too clean/new. While I understand they needed to to be readable onscrean, but still. Finally I could not read fast enough, some times the dialog was on too long, other times I had to race for the pause button, and the written text (on files; effectively the "chapter heading") was too small (for my normal-sized) TV. I ended up making good use of the "zoom" button (and here I thought the button was only for pink-pictures). Finally was encoded using a slightly to high compression ratio? As on fade-to-blacks I got JPEG-big-black-squireness. It could however just be my DVD player, or the fact I was watching it on a PAL TV, or somesuch.
That sounds like I'm being very nagative, I'm not. Overall it was brilliant, really captured Lovecraft's short story. I really enjoyed the Cthulhu stop-motion, and R'lyeh was just right. The overall presentation was great, but the menu text was a little small.


Bill from Richmond, VA
Wow, I really enjoyed Call of Cthulhu. It really captures the spirit of the era and the story. I could imagine a huge budget version, in color, talking and expensive CGI and it wouldn't be nearly be as good. You all did an awesome job. I also really enjoyed the behind the scenes feature about how it was produced.

I have been interested in H.P Lovecraft since I was a teenager and have been generally disapointed in commercial adaptions. This production is an exception. I highly recommend it. I am suprised it was never submitted to the Sci Fi channel or Showtime.



Jonathan from Davis, CA
I received the Call of Cthulhu dvd yesterday and watch it today. You guys have done a wonderful job of capturing the story as well as making a great new silent film! My hat off to you and best of luck in your next endeavor!


jim from springfield, IL
I enjoyed the movie tremendously and hope you sell the shoggoth out of it! Being a fan of silent horror and of Lovecraft, I couldn't wait to get this in - and I was not disappointed. The silent format forces you to pay attention; I was so intent on the screen, my wife was able to sneak up behind me and scare a couple years off me!


Jan from Kildebronde
This is a great movie. A real mood piece.
I have a very short list of movies, i really like. This one has just moved into that list.
To make it as a silent movie, made like a movie from the twenties is simply a stroke of genius. I don't think it would have been possible to make it like a modern movie.
I am probably one of a very few danish people to have seen it, so i will just say that the danish translation is very well made.

More please



Walthulhu from Poughkeepsie, NY
I watched my copy of CALL OF CTHULHU on Halloween night in the dark and I
was THRILLED!!! It was a brilliant piece of work and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was easily the best film adaptation of a Lovecraft story I have ever seen. Hats off to all involved. Thank you for giving mythos fans the quality film that they have always craved.


Glenn from Travis AFB, CA
Five Elder Signs out of five Elder Signs!!!!

What a wonderful film. Well worth the wait! We've been following the development of this project for the past year and were not disappointed when the DVD arrived and we were able to watch the final product. Even the voices stopped long enough for me to pay attention to the film. (Though now they seem to be even more insistent on finally conducting that ritual.) All totalled we give the film a resounding five thumbs and three tentacles up!!!

Great Job!!!



Petri from Vantaa, Finland
After more or less patient waiting, The Call of Cthulhu DVD finally arrived today. Based on the trailer and what I had heard, I was really excited, and now after watching it I simply lack the words to describe my feelings. Or perhaps there is a one word: wow.

The movie is nothing less than a remarkable piece of art, and it really brings Lovecraft's work alive. I only wish that it would have been a little bit longer -- but since the original story itself wasn't really long either, I can't blame you.

I'll definately have to watch it again tonight when it gets darker, and take a look on those bonus materials too.



Fabrice from Saint-Maur-des-Fosses, France
Last week I saw The Call of Cthulhu. It's excellent! I think Lovecraft would have liked this faithful adaptation very much!


Carmilla from Buenos Aires
Last night we've seen your film!!!!
It's amazing!!!!! People are going mad about it around here!!!! Really it's the best Lovecraft adaptation I've ever seen!!!!! Really, we can't believe what we were was looking at! Great image, great music, great scenarios!!!! And the adaptation if perfect!!!!! When it finished the people cheered very pleased with the film!

Honestly, in a time were all the horror films includes a lot of nonsense splatter and poor arguments, your film is like a very valuable jewel! Please, go on working this way!

Well, congratulations again and again and again!!!!!!!!



Scott from Philly, PA
Just wanted to drop you a quick note & let you know the DVD arrived on Friday. Watched it with a group of Lovecraft-obsessed friends that night, and it was a big hit. Great stuff!


Murray from East Grinstead, UK
I thoroughly enjoyed it. The idea of filming The Call of Cthulhu as a silent movie is absolute genius! It preserves all the mystery and suggestion of the original. That shot of Cthulhu's claw reaching towards the camera is about the best representation of a Lovecraftian horror on screen, I think.


Nicolai from Arhus, Denmark
Just watched CoC the other day with the gang. We all loved it. The atmosphere was wonderful on the foggiest night of the year. You could cut the suspense with a knife.

Thanks for a wonderful movie



Christoffer from Bryne, Norway
I would just like to tell you that you all did a very good job on this movie! I loved it.


Nic from Llandysul, Wales
Fabulous - congratulations to everyone involved!


Feeve from La Crescenta, Calif.
just wanted to say how very much i enjoyed & was impressed by The Call of Cthulhu. truly a landmark work. you both have every right to be quite proud. after seeing the Making Of program, ive rarely known of anyone making so much out of so little. bravo!


Donald from Newbury, Mass.
Ia! Ia! Holy crap! I just saw the movie, and it was amazing. I loved the German expressionist style dream images of R'lyeh that reminded me of 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', and the cool way you did the ocean and the city of R'lyeh. And that stop motion Cthulhu just kicks ass! Plus the way you blended that cool building in Providence with the old city images and toy cars. It looked amazingly real.

Also, my friend and I had a great time watching the 'making of' video. That was hysterical. Great work! I have enjoyed every product I have purchased from you folks, and I know that the love and passion you guys have is what brings out the high quality. Keep Rockin! And may the Mi-Go bring you to your final reward when your minds are ready! Cthulhu Fatgn!



Henry from Melbourne, Florida
I just received my Call of Cthulhu DVD (and just watched it) and had to write and tell you guys what an incredible job you did!!! I really enjoyed watching the movie (and all the extras and Easter eggs).

I hope you decide to do another Lovecraft story. If so, you've got another automatic sale here.

Again, just wanted to extend my congratulations and appreciation to all those involved!


Matt from Waverly, NY
OUTSTANDING job on The Call of Cthulhu! I was starting to think no one was ever going to get Lovecraft right on film, but you all proved me wrong and turned in a masterwork. Acting, scene design, script, score... I'd start complimenting things, but there's no place to stop.


Ari from Fountain, Colo.
Simply brilliant, a great work and a great adaptation, and a far better antique than some modern films that emulate silent cinema yet use computer graphics. One of the rare treats of cinema that I wish more people knew about, and one of the only films truly worthy of the Lovecraft legacy. Congratulations, and Thank you.


Chris from Oxford, UK
Recieved the DVD and have not stopped raving about it since. A masterpiece.

Many thanks to all of you.



Marco from Genoa, Italy
the DVD arrived and I watched it. I think you did a great job. I really liked it very much. I have only one remark: I think it would have been more "1920s style" if you had not showed Cthulhu itself, but only its (his?) shadow... after all, everyone who stares at him gets quickly mad! :-) Please note that it's only a remark! I found your movie well done and very close to the spirit of HPL's works.


Jenny from Stockholm
It IS the best adaptation of a Lovecraft novella ever made! No question about that, whatsoever.


James from Gales Ferry, CT
Thanks so much for the DVD...what a great movie!


Christopher from The darkness
I just saw your "Call of Cthulhu" DVD and I was totally blown away! I can't
think of a single negative thing to say about it. Please, please, please keep
'em coming.


Jonathan from Calgary, Canada
I loved it, and thought it was well done. The only thing I thought could have use improvement was the stop animation of Cthulhu could have been a bit smoother, but the slight choppiness did fit the silent film style.

I was surprised at how much could be conveyed without a lot of dialog.



Harold from Out there
My congratulations to all concerned with having clearly created the finest rendition thus far of Lovecraft, it only saddens me that it is not possible to have him see his work so lovingly executed in film, in what I hope will be but the beginning of more renditions by your team.


Brian from Elk View, WV
I received The Call Of Cthluhu DVD yesterday and watched it last night. Bravo! Doing it in the silent movie style was very cool and the story lent itself very well to be told with very little verbage. The behind the scenes extras gave cool insight into how the visuals were created using the old tricks and new tricks of cinema.

When can I expect a silent adaptation of Dream Quest Of Unknown Kadath?!


Risto from Finland
The movies great, thank you.


Hippie Chick from Venice, California
Then the movie was great!! You have a lot to be proud of, it's really gorgeous and fun, it moves and I was totally into the story. Brilliant execution. And then the making of was so hilarious!


Chris Jarocha-Ernst from Devon, PA
Congratulations to all involved on this very faithful adaptation. Given the restrictions of a Labor of Love (versus a studio budget), this is a remarkably fine result.

Inspector Lestrade is a standout, as is Castro, but no one gives a bad performance. The sets, while low-budget, are surprisingly believable. Bravo for the decision to use the actual Fleur-de-Lis House in Providence. One might expect the scenes on R'lyeh are where such a home-grown production would fall down, but the film carries them off with bravado -- the limited actual dimensions of the set (later pointed out in the extra features) are not obvious on first viewing, and the stop-motion animation of Cthulhu actually lends an unearthly quality to him/it.

The few flaws I noticed were unfortunately in climactic moments: some staged fights with cultists and the rather unclear passage through Cthulhu's mass, but even with that, this is a work to be proud of, and a pleasure for any Lovecraftian to watch.

And there are cute, period touches in the opening credits. I won't spoil them, but I want Messrs. Leman and Branney to know I appreciated them.

One question: my eyes aren't good enough to make out the small print at the bottom of the Extras menu. I can read "This disc..." but that's about it. If someone with better eyes, or a bigger screen, would tell cje@rci.rutgers.edu what it says, I'd greatly appreciate it.



John from Broomfield, Colo.
I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how much I enjoyed the DVD. The choice of making a silent movie was a fairly brave one in today's high tech world, but I think it was absolutely the right one for this story. Everyone involved deserves kudo's for a job well done!


Joshua from Louisiana
Just wanted to say that I was very satisfied with this film, and the extras were quite funny as well.
Even though I knew what was coming next, the ending kept me on the edge of my seat....I actually got drawn into this film moreso than any I've seen in years. That is no small feat!
Great work, folks! I'm tempted to order 'The Trial of Randolph Carter' now just to get more straight adaptation.


Frederic from Rouen, France
The DVD arrived last weekend... Congratulations for the work of the whole team.. Lot of work and passion was put in this project and it catches the feelings that the reading of Lovecraft short story gave me many years ago...

The Behind the Scenes footage also show how it has been done... Congratulations to all the team that put the swamp scenes together.. Quite impressive...

I'm going to show this movie to friends with who i play sometimes Call of Cthulhu RPG games and others and, maybe, some of them will order the DVD...

Once again, Bravo for the whole team...Very impressive



Pepijn from Amsterdam
I really, really liked it. It's completely in the vain with lovecrafts work. I really liked the way the movie looked authentically old, and the actors really are something. It breaths '20's atmosphere in everything. Man, I hope you get the chance to have this one played at Rotterdam Festival, and I'll be there!

It is what it tries to be, a 20's gothic horror flick.

I sincedrly hope that you get enough reveneu to go one with these type of movies. I really would like to see the sdunwich horror, shadow ocver innsmouth, haunter of the dark etc. in this style.

well, I'll stop with being over enthousiastic now ;)

keep up the good work!



Federico from Trieste, Italia
The dvd arrived in my mailbox thursday of last week (just 3 days: good) The movie is great! I like old silent movies like Metropolis or Nosferatu! The adaptation of the HPL's novel is great itself. I appreciated a lot especially the work on the locations: the Fleur-de-Lys Building is exactly how i've imagined it.
There's a lot of work also on the models and sets, the playing was also good really similar to the silent movies one. Now i'm awaiting anxiously The Case of Charles Dexter Ward ;-)


Alexander from Portsmouth, Ohio
Lets see, if I could sum up this entire review into one catchy phrase to quote on the back of the DVD case, "Wow!" would have to be it. When I first found out about this film and watched the trailer some seven or eight months ago, I was instantly excited and thrilled by the prospect. Normally I find myself skeptical and playing the role of the cynic when it comes to movies, but not this time. Not only does it do great justice to the Lovecraft classic, but its an extremely pleasing film regardless.

The directing is perhaps the most obvious part of this films genius, as it is presented as it would have been in the 1920s. The use of shadows is especially nice, oftentimes creating quite a bit of ambience through backlighting and solid silhouettes in the foreground. There are even added imperfections to the film, such as dust specks and the occasional hair. Following in suite right after these facts is the music and acting, obviously both are quite important in a silent film. Music is half the battle in creating atmosphere and, as an understatement, it succeeds. Depending on how well you favor orchestrated scores, it might even be worth purchasing the accompanying soundtrack. The acting on the other hand might not come off as something that would make or break the film, but that ideology would be wrong. In a silent medium where phonic acting is an impossibility, the overdramatic hand gestures and facial expressions are crucial. Thankfully, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has found a slew of talented individuals to fill the huge amount of roles that the film supports.

Before watching the Call of Cthulhu, I was worried that it would be far too short of a film. At just under an hour (forty-seven minutes), the film does manage to build the story up and resolve what conflict was introduced. I dont believe any of this would have been possible had the film been a talkie, but seeing as its silent, the style gives it the illusion of being longer. This is in no way a problem, but interesting to note nonetheless. Not only is this sense of 1920s style present in the film but in pretty much everything concerning the package. The printed address label on the package was mimicking something thrown together in a typewriter, the pleasing invoice found alongside the movie was printed out as a telegram and even the cover art captures the period feeling perfectly.

Overall, as much praise as I have given the film, I must also point out the few flaws that I had perceived. The music during the meeting between the police officer and the professors received a rather odd transition from the music of the prior scene. It seemed fitting enough for a party, but the shift was odd. Aside from that, some of the swamp scenes looked odd, but this was assumingly places where a green screen technique was used. In all fairness, it did look appropriate for the period, so maybe thats what was intended anyway. Similarly, the stop animation Cthulhu was well done and yet sadly not shown much. Its understandable in order to maintain the desired sense of fear, but disappointing when one considers just how much work must have went into the creation of that creature. What shots are shown tend to be extremely brief and would probably only confuse viewers who are not in the know, as it were. Lovecraft fans should have no problem, but the ending may be a little perplexing for the uninitiated.

The entire cast and crew deserve far more admiration than they will probably receive. As a relatively no-name film with an almost nonexistent budget its hard to standout amongst all of the CGI centered blockbusters that Hollywood throws out each year. If youre the kind of person who is willing to break away from the norm of popcorn thrillers, then the Call of Cthulhu will not disappoint. If you are, however, illiterate or dependent on Hollywoods overuse of sex and violence, then you may not be as pleased. In any case, I just hope that the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society receives enough exposure from this release to warrant a second film... perhaps the Shadow Over Innsmouth?



Andy from Somerville, MA
Sent this Retro-Gram.


Alexander from Otway, OH
I'm glad to say that I did indeed received my copy of the Call of Cthulhu today and have already watched it once. I really must thank you and everyone else involved for making such a wonderful film. It's not often I am impressed when watching a movie, but this succeeded wonderfully in grabbing and holding my attention. Not only was it an admirable Lovecraft film, but a wonderful film in general. I really hope that the Society is able to create future film adaptations such as this one. In closing, I hope you have a fine day knowing that you and your associates have not only gone far beyond pleasing me but have also gained a loyal fan who will be sure to tell everyone about your work!


Padraig from Somewhere Green
Watched the DVD. And I will have to say, I am completely blown away. I know the story inside out and as a result the film and its quality kept me entranced the whole way through, both the visuals and the sonic side of it.

One outstanding movie.

And admittedly as a result of my praise (yes, was online when praising) a good friend of mine locally is ordering a copy tonight or so. He can't wait to see it either.



Mike from The Underworld
Bloody Brilliant (what more can I say)


Jaron from Lancaster, OH
Got it. Thanks! I just loved watching it. You guys actually got it right. There are a few rare moments in some HPL adaptations (like in Dagon when they are pulling into Innsmouth, er Imboca, harbor and it actually looks like the town) that capture the feel but y'all did it with the entire film. My COC gaming group cancelled gaming that night and we just watched the film.


Kevin from Reading, UK
Arrived in good order and the DVD watched the same day. An excellent piece of work: I don't know silent movies that well, but what I do know you've matched. The "making of" was also a delight.

High praise ought to go to your musicians and their scoring of the film - key to the enjoyment of the thing, and rather a shame they didn't seem to get a mention in the "making of" (OK, watched while drinking, so I may have missed it).

[editorial note: the "making of" was shot before much of the music was even written.]



David Stutzbach from Dover
This has catapulted to my top ten favorite films. Kudos for reaming so true to the story. I was completly enraptured, from start to finish. The film effects were beautiful, I could have shown this to anybody and they would have no clue of it's age. The make-up, the score, Cthulhu... It was wonderful. Any true Lovecraft fan needs to own this movie. I plan on watching it again tommorrow. I haven't had the urge to watch a movie on back to back days since this movie. Matt Foyer a genius performance, the facial experssions I fell in love with. Everyone gave a beautiful performance. Thank you for unleashing this cosmic horror, you've done a great "disservice" to this little corner of the universe. *Smiles* Thank you.


Donato from Purmerend, Netherlands
I can only agree with what everbody else are saying about this movie.

Easily the best Lovecraftian movie there is, and a must-have for all players and keepers of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game.

Kudos to everbody involved in making this movie. You should all be proud of yourselves.



Tim from Pembury, UK
The DVD and CD turned up yesterday. I watched the DVD last thing at night, before going to bed (inspiring my first Cthulhu dream: attending a live performance of the story!) and can only say one thing: "Wow!" This film should be in the DVD players of all Call of Cthulhu players and Keepers, as well as Lovecraft fanatics. I was also very impressed by your behind-the-scenes documentary (shooting the film in black and white was a masterstroke). Kudos to all involved and I can't wait for your next project (once you've all regained your sanity). Meanwhile the soundtrack is on my CD player, sending shivers down my spine as I type.

Keep up the amazing work,


Jay from Indiannapolis
I received the movie and mug yesterday. The movie is spectacular! I am a long time fan of silent horror movies, and you, Andrew, and the rest of the crew have created a masterpiece! My son and I absolutely loved it. I also appreciate your including the extra features on the DVD. The screensaver on my laptop is set to scroll randomly through my pictures, and I intend to add several screenshots to my "Cthulhu" pictures folder.


Tim from Cincinnati, OH
Got the DVDs LOVED the movie. While as any snooty film buff I can find things I would have done differently, overall it was simply marvelous. A Hollywierd version would (most likely) murder everything good in the story. The silent movie treatment was simply stupendous. Best effect: the sailor falling into the angle that wasnt there. One of my favorite parts of the story worked great on the screen. I bought an extra copy for a friend (weve both been Lovecraft fans for 20+ years). I hope he enjoys it as much as I did. Thank you!


Tim from Cincinnati, OH
Got the DVDs LOVED the movie. While as any snooty film buff I can find things I would have done differently, overall it was simply marvelous. A Hollywierd version would (most likely) murder everything good in the story. The silent movie treatment was simply stupendous. Best effect: the sailor falling into the angle that wasnt there. One of my favorite parts of the story worked great on the screen. I bought an extra copy for a friend (weve both been Lovecraft fans for 20+ years). I hope he enjoys it as much as I did. Thank you!


Anna from Brooklyn
I recently saw this film at my sister's house in Seattle, after she had seen it at the HP Lovecraft film festival. It's an absolute gem, very inspiring, I'm looking forward to receiving it and sharing it with my friends.


Gina from Berkeley, Cal.
The Call of Cthulhu DVD just got here, and I'm very impressed! This movie is very well done. I've read that Lovecraft hated the idea of any of his tales being dramatized (That quote is in one of the Selected Letters volumes, though I don't remember which one), and I imagine that upon viewing such things as From Beyond and Re-Animator, he may have turned over in his grave, but this movie is so faithful to the story, and so well fitted to its time, that I'm sure he would have approved.

This will be shown to the UC Berkeley Lovecraft class In the very near future.

I'm sure this is the best purchace I've made in years. Mad props to its makers. =P


Jean-Francois Trudel from La Malbaie, Quebec
Cthulhu will eat you first, guys. :) This is amazing work. The movie itself is excellent (even stellar, considering what you had to work with). The extras are lots of fun (I watched the extras and the 30-min documentary was very informative!), and there are Easter Eggs even! The presentation is very professional, kudos to everybody who worked on the project. It's a labor of love, and even though some said "there's no way that's gonna work", you all made it work. Creativity abounds, and by the time I was done watching it, I just wished I had been working with you all along - it looks like it was a blast to work on that one.

It was an honor to even be involved in this (French translation). It's a great movie to share with friends and family. :) Lovecraft would be proud.



John from Kent, WA
I've already watched the CoC one, which I thought v. well done. Amazing how well they fitted the story to the format of silent film. I'm having friends from my Call of Cthulhu rpg group over a week from Saturday to watch it. Tell the folks that made it "well done!"

Shai from Laurel, MD
Messrs Leman and Branney, et al:

I received and viewed the new film yesterday.
Probably the best direct adaptation of a Lovecraft story ever filmed.
Excellent, and executed with artistry and a clear love of the material.

Thank you for making this.



Rik from Utrecht, The Netherlands
The motion picture is great! By filming it as a silent movie from the twenties, you didn't only overcome your own technical difficulties but made it possible to film the unfilmable! I can't imagine how the story otherwise could be portrayed in a modern setting without ruining the story.


Ifan from Cardiff
I'd just like to thank the HPLH society for the free DVD, and giving me the oppertunity to translate the film into Welsh.

I have just received my copy and must say it's fantastic! Many of the black and white shots are quite striking, and you obviously had fun with the R'lyeh architecture!

I've told all my Welsh speaking friends about the translation, so hopefully you'll get some orders from them.

I'm off to watch it again now, without having to worry about my possible spelling mistakes...



Arden from Albany, CA
BRAVISSIMO! What an amazing job! The idea to shoot "The Call of Cthulhu" as a silent was pure genius, and the execution of that idea was simply superb. I did notice one gaffe that made me cringe, however: the borders on the map of Europe were those of the present day, not 1925-26. Apart from that one little glitch, though, I was very impressed by the period details, right down to the typefaces and handwriting.

I just got the DVD today, so I've only managed to watch it in English so far, but I definitely plan on viewing the whole movie in at least some of the 23 other languages. Esperanto would have been a welcome inclusion, especially considering its popularity in the 1920s, but I'm just thrilled to have the option of watching this movie in Finnish, Welsh, and Ltzebuergescht! (Is there any other silent film in existence with intertitles in the Luxembourgish dialect? I doubt it.) I have already discovered, however, that clicking on German in the Languages menu brings up the Galician intertitles, and vice versa.

Next time I get together with friends for Weird Video Night, I know what I'm bringing. This DVD is a very welcome addition to my collection, worth every penny of the $20 price tag ... and then some!



Nancy from Sammamish, WA
I recieved my DVD on Monday. "The Call of Cthulhu" is excellent. A friend loned it to me last week, and I had to have it. Thanks for the great service.
I look forward to ordering more Lovecraft items from you guys in the future.


John from Mountain View, CA
Just watched it - awesome! I was astonished at how professional the production was and how equally professional the DVD presentation. I gotta see more productions - gotta! May I suggest "The Shadow over Innsmouth" or "The Thing on the Doorstep" perhaps?


George from Brooklyn
Astounding - from the care taken for something as simple as the archaic design of a customer invoice on up to the VERY ENJOYABLE film itself, I just wanted to convey to you how much those details are appreciated. I had heard the most wonderful things about THE CALL OF CTHULHU, and now I will have the pleasure of saying such wonderful things about it to others.
Another compliment that I must pay to you involves your hilarious CD releases, which as an artist, have provided me with many entertaining hours of audio as I work.

Once again, my compliments and congratulations to you and all of the HPLHS (the behind-the-scenes segment was a perfect blend of "informative humor!") members for such a wonderful body of work - and a personal thanks for the laughs along the way.


Tim from Calgary, Canada
This is what movie making is all about - an intelligent story brought to the screen by talented people who love what they are doing. That the film is Lovecrafts THE CALL OF CTHULHU and this group did it right scores a lot of points. That they did is an All New Silent Film is icing on the cake.

Without a bloated budget or a big name star, HPLHS Motion Pictures has accomplished a major gem in the horror genre from a difficult to adapt Lovecraft story (that is mostly told in diary entries and news clippings). Its a short film but doesnt feel so with a tight script and excellent direction, acting (yes, acting) cinematography and effects. Theres marvelous use of miniatures realistic and German Expressionistic to convey the locales of the story. Mimicking the look of a period film may be easily realized though there are some contemporary setups and fluid camera moves here that keep it from being a slavish copy of the technique. Acting in the style of a 1926 silent may also be easy though I dont think so, without sliding into campiness. Everybody here, no matter how small the part, plays it realistically, emotionally in period style showing the power of faces on film without the clutter of sound dialogue, color or a star name. Ive never seen a man so seemingly haunted by dark and terrible cosmic secrets such as actor Matt Foyer conveys with his tormented expression. He, and most of the others, could have stepped out of a UFA classic.

Though perhaps not a scary writer by todays standards Lovecrafts superb sense of desolate, odd places and mounting dread is evocatively captured by the film makers. The swamp of degenerate Cthulhu worshippers is creepy, recalling the manimals of Island of Lost Souls in feeling, not makeup, and risen Ryleh is realized in disturbing ways. All topped of by a terrific, lush score that sounds like it was recorded in a symphony hall. In a nice touch the film is even selectively aged with some scratches and theres a surprise appearance by... Ill let you discover that yourself. If the last shot doesnt send the hackles running up your neck, youre either dead or desensitized by too much of what passes for horror coming out of the big H.

My director-in-the-head (we all have one) might quibble with a few things - the florescent light fixtures in two shots, the slightly less accomplished staging of the fights with the degenerate cult or that the sailors are walking on grass instead of primordial ooze from the bottom of the ocean - but I tell him to go direct his own movie.

Amateurs these people may be, in name only, there is nothing unprofessional here. If they desire to work in Big Hollywood, THE CALL OF CTHULHU would more than serve as a door opener.

The dvd is impeccably produced and as professional as anything you?d find in favorite store, even to the period looking poster art on the cover. BUY THIS DVD, SUPPORT THESE FOLKS. It would be money more than well spent and an investment in a new generation of film makers. They are in planning for another film and I?d love to have the CTHULHU series of films in my library.

Thanks, gang, for a wonderful film. Its too good for my video collection and is going into my library next to my HPL books. Your film gets my best film and dvd vote in the next Rondo Hatton awards!

Sincere regards,
Tim Hammell, professional movie goer and Lovecraftian for over 40 years.



Steven from Las Vegas
Wow, this film is terrific. I just got in the mail from your website. I watched the movie and the extras. I must say I enjoyed it immensely. The atmosphere you created was truly Lovecraftien, more so than any other Lovecraft film I have seen. The actors were great, the sets were great, the costumes were great, and the locations were great. I thought the lighting was particularly effective, you were able to create a very period feel. The music was magnificent; it really moved the story along and created a sense of continuity throughout the picture.

Thank so much for putting in some extras. The viewing public enjoys the behind the scenes look at the world of film making. Its always nice to see that everyone had fun making the movie.

In my complaint department, a few of the dialogue shots that the audience must read went by a little too fast. I felt that the great Cthulhu was not really scary enough. The statues that we saw were very well done, very scary looking. But then when we actually meet the big guy himself he looks like a baldheaded baby with snakes up his nose. I didn't think he lived up to the quality of the rest of the film. However that might very well be what a stop motion puppet would have looked like at the time.

Be very proud of yourselves, all of your hard work has paid off. You have created a great Lovecraft move experience that will stand the test of time and be extremely hard to top. I recommend that everyone buy a copy for their Lovecraft movie library. This one is really worth the sanity loss. I give it 8.5 out of a possible 10. Hell, I loved it



Michael from Loveland, CO
My copy arrived in the mail a couple of days ago, and I watched it last night.
I thought that it was, overall, just outstanding.
I'll break that down a bit: as a silent film fan and an HPL fan, I give it about four stars out of four. I really thought they nailed the presentation of the story, and the use of the silent format actually worked better with the subject matter.
As a low/no budget filmmaker I give these guys a solid six out of four stars. The imagination and resourcefulness of these filmmakers is awesome, and a pleasure to watch.
Everyone interested in making their own movies should buy this and watch the "making of" doc.


Jim from Panama City, FL
The movie was great! The special effects, makeup, etc. truly made a 20's era (pre-talkie) movie look. Cthulhu was great, the hands on the ends of the facial tentacles were a nice touch. Overall a fantastic watch. Perfect for any Lovecraft fan.


Jim from Panama City, FL
The movie's great! You guys did an excellent job on the special features, too. You should do Pickman's Model next! It was well worth the wait.


Anonymous from Nowhere
I watched the move last night with my best friend. I'm a lifelong HPL fan, but he has never read an HPL story. We both agreed, though, that your movie kicked ass!


Jeppe from Viborg Denmark
This movie rocks! The most faithful adaptation of a Lovecraft story to date.

The movie has magnificent actors, a great atmosphere and of course a fantastic story-line.

I would like to congratulate all at HPLHS on a job incredibly well done.

Buy it! You wont regret it.



Clare from Duluth
Absolutly Wonderful! Extra features are great! This is the best and most faithfull film adaption of a Lovecraft story I've ever seen. Thank you very very much.


Clare from Duluth
Absolutly Wonderful! Extra features are great! This is the best and most faithfull film adaption of a Lovecraft story I've ever seen. Thank you very very much.


Zombiemachine from Rijeka
The movie has its strengths. It captures perfectly the feel of the 30-ies. The music and the black&white contrast keep the atmosphere throughout the movie. The suspense is also masterfully built. The actors are great, keeping their serious attitude and grave faces even through more demanding scenes. No aspect of the movie falls into the comical, as many suspected it would.
The only thing that fell beneath my expectations was Great Kutulu. It has too much of a puppet feel to it.
All in all, a great movie with a great atmosphere in the true lovecraftian style.


Matthew from Five Dock, Australia
The movie was absolutely astounding. I intend to give copies to friends for Christmas.

I hope you decide to film more of the Lovecraft canon. Your techniques are very effective. Because it looks so old, the modelwork seems much more acceptable than ridiculous, and scenes like the cult in the swamp are actually shocking.



George from Carterville, IL
I got the CD and DVD yesterday and watched last night. Fantastic job! I really enjoyed it. The music is wonderful. I will certainly recommend it to friends and cultists.


Craig from Metuchen, NJ
Got it yesterday, watched it last night...it's awesome. What an amazing job! Loved every minute of it.


Glenn from Dublin
Package arrived last Friday, and my slender hold on reality was duly challenged this weekend. Congratulations to all involved on a job well done: the music, the acting, the authentic 20s look, and the faithfulness of the adaptation make this really outstanding.


Perry from Peoria, AZ
I just received the DVD and CD. WOW! I am blown away. You guys have done a spectacular job and have created a masterpiece. I have every item the HPLHS has for sale and have been a fan for years of your work. You have kept up with the quality of your previous work. The Call of Cthulhu needs to be released into the mainstream. You should get some nice revenue from this one. I know how much time and effort goes into a production and you probably feel a bit worn by now. With good sales and lots of support, you will probably get the itch to do it again. I am looking forward to the next installment :) BTW, any new musical lyric CDs in the near future? I love my mythos songs.

Devoted fan,
Perry



Robert from Rosendale, NY
The movie arrived yesterday, and my wife and I watched it last night. Superb job! We really enjoyed it a great deal. Truly, a first rate effort at adapting, filming, and scoring this story.


Tim from Calgary, Canada
The Call of Cthulhu makes me want to be a DVD reviewer. I opened the parcel and plugged it in right away and am delighted with and greatly enjoyed the film, and the extras. You ALL (cast and crew and anybody else) did a fantastic adaptation of Lovecraft, the best I've ever seen, and I heartily applaud! Your choice to film in the style of a silent film is brilliant and I really liked your use of German Expressonism in the dream and R'lyeh sequences. It's not good enough for my movie collection - it's going into my library with my Lovecraft books. THANK YOU! The CALL of CTHULHU gets my vote as best DVD of the year in the Hondo Awards and hope it brings everyone new projects. I even liked the old typwriter font on my invoice which got appropriately wrinkled in the mail.


Robert from Norcross
Very well done 'movie on a shoestring.' After a (seeming) long wait I was not disappointed. Could have been longer, but that should speak well for what I did get. It shows a movie can be told without dialog, good or bad. Just as with Lord of the Rings, a good story can be told by those who simply love the story for it's own sake. I hope HPLHS makes money off this as that is one of the best ways to judge a film. If not then good reviews by those who actually watch the movie will suffice.


Neil from Cambridge, UK
arrived (at work) today, & I've had itchy scratchy feelings all day, looking at the sealed package...

later the disc escaped into my home PC, where strange dim and crackly images were revealed, flickering as through a lens...

[[splendid!]]



Mark from Tampa, Florida
Well, I received the DVDs on Saturday and immediately popped one into the player to watch it. I enjoyed it immensely! This is without a doubt, the most faithful adaptation of a Lovecraft story I've ever seen. (At least until your NEXT film) Within the scope of all the limitations you had to work with, this came out well beyond what could be expected. I'm very impressed and I really hope this is major success for you guys.


Chris from R'lyeh
Saturday night, I received my copy of "The Call of Cthulhu" and I've got to say, I am quite impressed by your efforts! The film was a wonderful accomplishment, and tons of fun to watch. The music, the lighting, the style, and how faithful it was to the original story were all excellent. It's also something of a relief to see that there's still people out there who like to put real work into a movie as opposed to doing up everything in CG and cutting corners.

Excellent work, I'm making a point to show this film to all of my suitably geeky friends :)


Mark from Kansas City
Easily the best Lovecraft story ever adapted to screen! Unparalleled in its novelty and innovation, this film introduces us to a writer of Cyclopean stature and is very faithful to the work it is based on. Utilizing the silent picture genre actually added more to the film because the actors were expressive and reminiscent of Lon Chaney and his works. The visual effects and music were authentic as it was a period film, thus giving a better sense of fear and wonder, without having to see any creatures in the first place! And Cthulhu and R'yleh! Such a magnificent effect in fear and foreboding! Any more films of this caliber by this company will definitely be worth while for loyal Lovecraft fans! Supreme kudos to HPLHS and all involved in the production!


Kristin from Williamsport, PA
Absolutely wonderful film! Your crew did an amazing job with the sets/models and costumes, the acting was (thankfully) much more natural than most silents I've seen, the musical score fit well, and Cthulhu was wonderfully creepy in stop-motion. I do hope the HPLHS makes more films; I would dearly love to see more of Lovecraft's stories in Mythoscope.


Dave from Peoria, Ill.
I got the DVD in the mail yesterday and invited a couple friends (HPL fans) to watch it. What a blast! It was so much fun!

Everybody did a fantastic job on this project. I'm recommending it to everybody I know who would be the slightest bit interested.


Paul from Providence, RI
Happily, my copy arrived this morning. Damn fine film! Great extras on the DVD, even Easter Eggs. Also, I was pleased to see the location shots on Angell Street, just a short distance from my home.


Zoran from Rijeka, Croatia, Europe
The Call Of Cthulhu is great movie. I hope that other HPL movies will come soon, in same style.


Brother D from Beaverton, OR
Ah, the big one. I've been following the production of this one for the past year now, and it's been worth the wait. Presented as a silent movie, and incorporating a bit of stop motion work, this was just a phenomenal production. Instead of just shooting a movie with no sound, the filmmakers really did everything they could to make this movie feel like an authentic film from the silent film era. The acting, the camera direction, the set design, the make-up - everything fit and created a film I wish I could see again over the weekend without skipping any of the other films I want to catch!



Linda from Ft. Lauderdale
Absolutely wonderful! Good acting. Good pacing. Succinct storytelling. Superb use of lighting. And the "feel" was very "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" ... odd angles and an overall disconcerting feel to the island and dream sequences ... perfect for a Lovecraft story. And I agree with some of the other reviewers. The "making of" was interesting (and quite entertaining) as well.

Can we look forward to "Color Out of Space" (or any "sequel" project) anytime in the future?



Shayne from Healdsburg, California
Just finished watching it, and all I can say is WOW - Please make more!
Thanks - off to watch it again....


Robert from Springfield, VA
I jsut got the DVD of the Call of Cthulhu and wanted to say that I loved it and am recommending it to all my friends. I think the decision to go black & white as well as Silent was wise and actually helps maintain Lovecraft's storyline and mood. I give it Two Tentacles Up!


Donald from Reading, PA
First thing when I got the dvd in the mail was to sit down and watch it. It was great. My wife who usually turns her nose up at mythos related movies agreed that it was well done.

Great job and my compliments.



Paul from West Yorkshire
I watched it yesterday. A tour-de-force. It was worth all the effort gentleman (and from the included Documentary I can only guess at all the effort).

It will last the ages.



Ralph (again) from Santa Monica
I liked the Behind-the-scenes video almost - not quite - but almost as much as the film itself. Great to see how it was done.


Shonokin from -
This was truly amazing. I was floored by actually finally being able to see a Lovecraft adaptation that was not only very true to the text but very entertaining. This is not to slight the hard work of the many independant filmmakers out there that are busting their butts to do the same, but this really is a pinnacle of achievement.

I agree with all of Matt's assessments. There's some small quibbles about a couple of things, but they are completely crushed by the weight of how good the whole project turned out. The sets, effects, costumes, acting, direction, the artifacting of the image and Mythophonic score are really amazing.

The very intelligent editorial choices of dialog and narrative text on the intertitles helps the story breeze along without bogging the movie itself down. I've watched CoC three times now and am still blown away. In fact I'm buying multiple copies of this to send to friends who I think *must* see it. Never done that for any movie, so that is saying at least a little something about how good it feels to finally see not only a faithful adaptation, but a really entertaining one.

Also, the extras are really great. The behind the scenes documentary is really funny and very revealing of what the HPLHS crew had to go through to get this made.



Aaron from Los Angeles
This version of Call of Cthulhu is independent, without movie stars, expensive special effects, useless explosions or nudity. Instead, it's a thoughtful, provocative, intelligent, respectful, creative, engaging, thrilling skin-tight adaptation of a great story. I am working on my write up of the Fest now, and as I told Andrew and Sean, they've made the best (truest) HP Lovecraft adapation ever (so far). Just my opinion, of course.


Vittorio from Bologna, Italy
the movie is great!


Ralph from Santa Monica
CHRIST, IT'S GREAT!


P@cy from Rijeka
Must have kind of movies!


Nathalie from Porec
The Call of Cthulhu is one of the best adaptations from story to screem I have ever seen.


Colin from Madison, WI
I just wanted to extend my thanks and admiration for the HPLHS adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu. This must be the best screen adaptation I've ever seen of one of Lovecraft's works. I'm especially happy with your choice to emulate the style of black and white silent films. I imagine this choice had initially more to do with budget than anything else, but the end result realizes -- for me at least -- the powers of atmosphere and suggestion which drive HPL's stories, and which Hollywood has so rarely managed to master. I only wish I had more friends who would appreciate the achievement.

Keep up the great work,

Colin



Dan from South Pasadena
Wow. No, I don't mean that.

I mean WOW!

That was really cool! Kudos on the adaptation of the story, by the way, I like how you did it.

About the movie, though: that was very well done. I think my favorite part was a shot when the Alert is escaping from Cthulhu and you show His face through the window. Really creepy! The experience was made three-times better than most, I suppose, because I used my projector and surround sound; the third effective device is that the movie just being on made my dog and my cat go wild! They've never been so antsy!

My notes on Mythoscope: A very good idea, and one that needs to be used more often, although I think some of the elements could have been sharpened. There are times where the shot/editing made it seem more modern than most of the piece seemed to suggest. In correlation with the music, most of the movie seemed to go very well, and the neat little editing moments like the crash of instrumentals with the flash of lightning really worked. However, there were a few moments, at the Archeology Party in particular, where the music seemed a little out-of-place. Mostly, I suppose, because the movie previous to and after that part had more unsettling music, the uninterrupted transfer into a sort of upbeat tune was subconciously annoying.

Admittedly, I think I went a little insane around the end. But at least no more insane than could be expected after contemplating the mechanics that must go into such a film.

I have and still dream of making a Call of Cthulhu movie of my own one day, and yours shall certainly stand as an inspiration.

A most gratified customer,

Dan

Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!



Jim from Ann Arbor
Hollywood is dead, long live the independant movie maker.

This movie is the sort of thing I have been waiting for, for a long time. It is proof of what I've been saying all along about HPL movies made in the past. The modern HPL movie usually sucks because they set the story to present day and the director has mistaken gore for horror. Shame on those hacks.

Well done job on this film. A prized addition to my collection.
Cheers




Matthew from San Antonio, TX
My copy arrived in the mail today and I just finished the movie. I do not have the words to descibe how it feels to finally see a movie that does justice to HPL's materpiece. This movie was an astonishing achievement for everyone involved. The music, the lighting, set direction and design, art direction, visual composition, costumes, special effects and imagery...it was wonderous to watch. The loving attention to details of the various Cthulhu images was obious - the Eskimo idol, the swamp idol, the bas relief, the idol on the Alert. I really had no idea how they would depict the geometry of Rlyeh but Andrew Leman and his dedicated crew were up to the challenge. The deeper the crew of the Emma went into the island the more terrifying and nightmarish their surroundings became. Cthulhu itself was perfect, creepy, never perfectly seen, terrifying, wonderful. The use of early B&W movies techniques was a masterful decision as was the decision to make a silent movie. The script barely deviated from HPLs story and never did so without good artistic justification (it's the movie not the story after all). 45 minutes seemed all too short but was a perfect length, leaving me craving more! Perhaps an Oscar could be lobbied for? Oh how I wish this crew and cast could take on a certain story set in Innsmouth...

Yes I had a few insignificant quibbles but it is absolutely churlish to mention them. I am awestruck and have nothing but gratitude to the filmmakers.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

At about $20 it is practically a steal. Do not hesitate! We all should see this!



Allison from Edinboro, PA
Got the DVD in the mail today, and it's absolutely bloody brilliant! You guys did a wonderful job; I hope you make a mint. I see the link's been slashdotted; that should help. #grins# Great stuff- thanks so much!


Adam from Minneapolis
It's a triumph and a masterpiece. I challenge anyone that would prick an objection toward such an ambitious and inspiring accomplishment.

 
 
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