Friday, May 4, 2012

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (2009) - Review

The whole Cthulhu mythos has always been something that's really interesting to me, at least in theory.  The concept of a huge tentacled god living at the bottom of the sea is definitely a cool one and from what I've seen, the Lovecraft universe is so rich that there could be an entire franchise based around this.  Why wouldn't there be?  The possibilities are incredible.

Well, there's one big flaw with bringing these gods to life on screen.  There's really no way to film them convincingly.  So much of Lovecraft's creatures revolves around these massive beings being utterly indescribable.  So it would be impossible to recreate these using CGI; it would be too phony.  Puppets could maybe work (The Thing does the indescribable creature thing rather well) but no one likes practical effects anymore.

Enter The Last Lovecraft.  This is not a very good movie, really.  It's pretty amateurish in its direction, writing, acting, effects, and just about any other aspect you could think of.  But it has two things going for it: a sense of fun and a respect for the source material.  Sadly, those are two things that are too hard to find in modern movies, and while the film does struggle (seeming a little long even during the brief 78 minutes of screentime), it has a heart to it that's sort of endearing.

It's definitely not a movie you need to rush out and watch, nor is it one I would even recommend if you don't have at least a passing interest in Lovecraft's crazy mythos.  However this movie does have a charm to it, as well as a couple of really well-done comic book scenes that really give it a unique flavor.  So if you're into this sort of thing, however college-film-project-y it may look, then I say give it a shot because there aren't a bunch of movies that revolve around Lovecraft.

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