Eldritch Horrors: The Call of Cthulhu

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Hold onto your sanity, because The Call of Cthulhu is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film,

featuring Clarissa and Gerald of Anime World Order and Jeff Tatarek of the Lather’s Blather podcast.

Review in a Nutshell:  The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society outdid themselves with this one.  The Call of Cthulhu is perhaps the most faithful Lovecraft film adaptation to date, and it’s also a wonderful piece of silent film-making.

ERRATA:  La Sombra Prohibida actually means “The Forbidden Shadow”, not “The Forbidden Sleep.” 


Cthulhu Mythos got you down?  Try Elder Sign!


  1. Captain Genius says:

    You are blasting thru these.
    I haven’t even listened to Message from Space yet.
    I gotta catch up.

  2. Eduardo M. says:

    I think the Great Old Ones have it in for me. For some reason it took forever to download this podcast from iTunes

  3. Firest says:

    I haven’t seen this one yet, but now I’m going to have to track it down.

  4. Kevin Lauderdale says:

    You guys really nailed that one. This particular film is one of favorites, and your enthusiastic review should help to spread the word.

    I think that trick with the guy falling into the non-Euclidean angle can be seen in “Labyrinth.” There’s a shot where you think you’re looking at a solid wall, then someone appears out of nowhere (there was another, identical wall in front of the main wall). Practical effects like that always hold up long after CGI looks cheesy.

  5. Keith says:

    These folk are working on their second film, a Universal horror style take on “The Whisperer in the Darkness,” which features perhaps the all-time dumbest Lovecraft protagonist. From what I hear, the movie is very near to distribution. I’m pretty excited about it.

  6. Reuben Clamzo says:


    Sorry if this is a duplicate post. The guys who made this have their own podcast at hppodcraft.com and have discussed the making of Call of Cthulhu in episodes 42 through 44 while they reviewed the original story.

  7. Sugar-Chan says:

    If you added Daryl Surat to this, this would be the sexiest podcast ever on the internet…it couldn’t get any sexier unless you were talking about Demolition Man.

    I know absolutely nothing about Lovecraft besides what I’ve heard from you, Paul, and Fast Karate’s random references, but I will read any Cthulhu mythos now, because the icon in the Windows Media Player is the most adorable evil octopus lord from the deep I’ve ever seen.

  8. Sugar-Chan says:

    BTW, Hello Cthulhu is the name of my new emo band. Our first song is called ‘There is no God, kill yourself’.

    We’re looking for a drummer…

  9. Speaking of Cthulhu, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xisIVhc64Ng METALLICA!

    Anyways, I saw this film a few years ago. I was initially exposed to Lovecraft via the RPG from back in the day as well. Cool series of episodes, this film was pretty rad and limited special effects is the best way to show indescribable horrors and whatnot.

  10. Kasey says:

    Huh, I have heard of “Call of Cthullu” but for some reason for years I thought it was just a tabletop role playing game. This sounds pretty neat though, I’m going to have to Netflix this.

  11. Peter Guilherme says:

    About that “acute but acts as if it was obtuse.” The guy who did that in the movie hosts the HP Lovecraft Litarary podcast. They did a three part show on The Call of Cthulhu with Andrew Leman

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