Monday, February 18, 2013

The Call Of Cthulhu

Instead of creating a world of ghosts, dragons or similar traditional creatures, H.P. Lovecraft wrote about a world of nightmares,  bordering between reality and imaginations, often ruled by non earthly creatures of a higher rank, a some sort of ubermench(Nietzsche in addition to Edgar Allan Poe would have much influence on Lovecraft's writing). But Lovecraft's style manage to build up a sort of accept for the non earthly in a unique way

His methods of writing novels would give many ideas to Stephen King, who was one of those becoming hugely influenced by this type of sci fi/horror stories(even if King's stories had a tendency to end up a little too enthusiastically).

The first release of the short story The Call Of Ctulhu was released
in 1928 as a part of the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

In 2005 ble silent movie The Call Of Ctulhu was released by members of the fanclub the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society(the Dvd can be ordered at their page). The movie follows the 20's style, in black and white, with the actors having the typical exaggerated 20's makeup. The music used is very effective for creating an intence suspense throughout. But the most impressive is perhaps the actors who do a great job to enhance the feel that this is a 20's original, with their great mimics. In particular the main person, played by Matt Foyer, are doing a great job.

It's made a bunch of movies based on Lovecraft stories, but this is the one most faithful to the original.

Official trailer

The Call Of Cthulhu was written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1926. The main persons uncle, a professor, has just died, and the story starts with going through a box of notes from his research.
In the first of separated parts of the story, there is found a grotesque looking figure made by Henry Anthony Wilcox, based on nightmares he have had. Wilcox get to hear the words Cthulhu and R'lyeh in these nightmares, which intensives to the extreme, before he suddenly gets better and forget all about his dreams. A lot of paper cutting among the research includes cases of mentally madness, violent behaviour and voodoo rituals all over the world, which have gotten more intense in the same period as Wilcox had his worst nightmares.

Policeman: "No, really. The Keggs won
the 1967 battle of the bands in Detroit."

The second part is about the professors meeting with a archaeological society 17 years earlier, where he first hear the name Cthulhu. A policeman shows up, and asks the society about a figure strangely similar to the one made by Wilcox later, and tells a story of mad cultists who after abducting and killing locals, worship Chulhu with them same fords "Cthulhu R'lyeh" dreamed 17 years later. From one of the archaeologists we learn that the words means "Cthulhu lives".

The Creators scene of details are impressive. The language is flawless Norwegian, and even the crest is the right one.(You wouldn't believe how 
many times things like this would be screwed up in a Hollywood movie, 9/10 times at least).

H.P. Lovecraft and garage music

Dunwich Records is localised in Chicago, and named after The Dunwich Horror.  They would release excellent bands like The Shadows Of Knight("Bad Little Woman", "I'm Gonna Make You Be Mine"), The Banshees("Project Blue"), The Luv'd Ones("I'm Leavin' You")  and Things To Come("I'm Not Talkin'"). Yuggoth Music(also influenced by Lovecraft) was the name of their distribution department.

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