Friday, January 05, 2007

Call of Cthulhu - the Movie

Just this last weekend, over a game of Arkham Horror, I was lamenting the fact that we haven't seen any faithful reproductions of H.P. Lovecraft's stories for the silver screen. Originally, I was thinking that modern CGI was capable of bringing to life the visual nightmares that Lovecraft evokes in his stories. Imagine what Cameron's effects studio could do with R'Lyeh, for instance.

But of course, the problem with that is that Lovecraft is a very niche market, and is unlikely to ever score the budget such a thing would require. So what is there to do?

The answer is to take the Blair Witch approach: find a way to be scary without special effects. And that's what it looks like the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society seems to have done. Instead of going for a CGI-laden modern horror movie, they made The Call of Cthulhu as if it were a silent movie from the 1920's. Freaking brilliant - it dodges the budget concern AND evocative of the time when the movie is set and when Lovecraft was writing. (And as an added bonus, they managed to translate their movie into a plethora of different languages.) I can't wait to see it.

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