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REVIEW: Survey says, CTHULHU (2007) stinks…

cthulhu gay scifi horror What started as a dismal film, ended as a dismal film. I wanted to like this movie, because the movie was based on a classic book by H.P. Lovecraft, because the filmmakers made the daring choice of making protagonist gay, because they tried to set up somekind of sense of fear and dread. I wanted to like it for all those reasons and more. But I just simply can’t.

H.P. Lovecraft’s THE CALL OF CTHULHU is a classic. It’s the first story in the infamous Cthulhu mythos – a creature spawned in the stars brings a menace of unimaginable evil to threaten all Mankind.

CTHULHU, the movie, doesn’t come close to being as good. The film was written by Grant Cogswell and Jason Cottle and directed by Dan Gildark. The movie starts off with our main character, Jason Cottle playing as Russ who receives an early morning call. His mother died unexpectedly, would he come down for the funeral? Meanwhile, in his bed, his trick begins to stir and by the time the phone call ends, he is wide-awake.

What’s going on?

My mother just died.

That sucks. Can I have thirty bucks?

Russ drives to his hometown in a daze. From this point forward, everyone who isn’t gay either should be, wants to be or just plain homophobic. In short, no one really acts quite normal. His father should be gay, and whips around when his son enters the room wearing what could be eyeliner from Maybelline. The entire family seems to have a rocky relationship. Did I mention his father is a priest? He is.

Soon, we realize something isn’t quite right, and numerous people have disappeared. The rumor is they have been swallowed by something in the sea.

Honestly, I’m so bored at this point, I was hoping the sea swallowed everything and the movie would end. I couldn’t get a hold of what was going on. It made little sense to me, and to this day, I couldn’t say for sure what happened. A lot of people run around in this film.

Cue: Look lost and then frightened.

So, no, nothing really happens. In the end, we find out what we knew all along: his father is fucking weird. And the people in the sea, who end up coming back and walking ashore (which could be the best part in the movie) are people who have been murdered by his father, I think. And they need a new leader and his father has commissioned his son to take his place, or something like that.

I will say this of the movie. Some of the images are incredible and the musical score was good. There’s a haunting image of a box on a beach that’s hard to get out of your head. I’m a little over Tori Spelling but even she acted okay. And the director and writers should get props from doorQs everywhere for giving a gay twist to the already queer proceedings. But the bottom line remains: This movie didn’t quite do it for me. Thirty minutes into it and I was done.

I have never read any works by H.P. Lovecraft. But to enjoy this film, I shouldn’t have to have. I’m pretty sure though that if, like me you haven’t, by the film’s end you will want to. If anything just to assure yourself that this is not what Henry Phillips Lovecraft had in mind.

The Official Movie Website is here.

The Official Trailer is below.


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  1. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 2:26 am

    Well, um, it does appear to have Tori Spelling in it. That’s gay isn’t it?

  2. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 2:26 am

    Is Chootloo in this movie even? Id see it for chootloo

  3. goddoorq says
    November 16, 2010, 2:26 am

    No, Cthulhu isn’t in the film. He just starts haunting your dreams after you see the movie…

    And while I wasn’t quite as harsh as Dan on the film, I was dissapointed. It needed another few rounds of script tweaking.

    But they really, really tried, and for a first independent film, they get crazy mad props for what they pulled off.

    I’ve tried nailing those guys down for an interview, but I haven’t been successful.



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