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. The Call Of Cthulhu was written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1926.

Official trailer

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

The creators sense of details are impressive. The language is flawless Norwegian, and even the crest is the right one.(Would surely be screwed up in a Hollywood movie).

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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