No, this isn’t about any computer game relating to Cthulhu. Nor the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game. It’s about a movie.

This morning I received an early Christmas present. It’s a movie made by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, entitled (no surprise) “The Call Of Cthulhu”.

It’s a faithful adaptation of Lovecraft’s short story of the same name, done in the style of a black-and-white silent movie.

That format is amazingly effective. The acting is in the modern style, rather than the extended mugging of the original silents, and it really makes the picture go.

Considering that this is an amateur production, rather than from a Hollywood studio, or even an independent production company, the results are outstanding.

The DVD has a “behind the scenes” segment, where you can see – in color – what many of the sets actually looked like. They are so laughably fake, it’s hard to believe they’re the same ones in the movie. Yet they are.

If you’re a Lovecraft fan, and you’re looking for a good Lovecraft adaptation, this is something you shouldn’t miss. Link below to the main site:

HPL Historical Society

Ph’nglui Mglw’nafh Cthluhu
R’lyeh Wgah’nagl Fhtagn