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Call of Cthulhu movie poster by jarredspekter Call of Cthulhu movie poster by jarredspekter
Fan-made poster, based on the novel by H.P. Lovecraft.
This is one of the finest examples of science fiction horror I think that's ever been written, competing even with Lovecraft's own weird tales. It has everything; a polar investigation, a mysterious diary, unraveling of an ancient civilization's secrets, a murderous cult, and all of it wraps in the grand daddy of all finales: the return of an elder god.
For some odd reason this story has never been picked up by a major motion picture studio. There have been plenty of homages to Lovecraft in movies like The Mouth of Madness and Hellboy, but the only narrative driven film based on the original novel was a low budget movie purposefully made to look like it was made in the black and white era, including no dialogue, as well deliberately cheesy music, acting, and special effects.
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Even weirder there was recently a movie released called Cthulhu, but it turned out to be a metaphorical movie about being homosexual. [link]
Why?
Call of Cthulhu deserves a full budget overhaul, top of the line special effects, and the best actors money can buy. This isn't a narrative meant only for art films. If anyone bothered to read the story they'd discovered a classic adventure in the vein of the best English novelists, intermingled with terrific atmosphere, sprawling events and locations, sympathetic characters, all of it building to a jaw-dropping climax. This is horror in the truest sense; good people in harms way so, supernatural foes that cannot be fought only held at bay, secrets so dark they drive men mad who try to fathom them. Its dark but also satisfying, ends ambiguously but with a vigorous shake of mankind's fist to the cold stars above.
I hope some day someone takes this work in hand and gives fans like me what we've always dreamed of; Cthulhu on the silver screen :excited:
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Maxawesome Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
I just read the story, and liked it alot. If they made a film they would have to flesh out the story a little more. But it could definitely could work!
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AsherTye Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Sadly I see this movie getting dumped on like nobodies business and performing poorly in the box office before making it as a gem on DVD.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm...I honestly don't see how.
Did you see EVERY movie released in the last few except The Dark Knight, Ironman and maybe a few others have done poorly? Even A Christmas Carol did worse then expected.
I think people want adventure and sweeping stories and action again :w00t!:
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AsherTye Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, but Call of Cthulhu is more of the mystery/Monster Horror genre isn't it? Especially given how subtly they have to play the special effects. Not to say it doesn't have drawing power of course.
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Carsis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Now THAT would be an all time blockbuster :p

A Classic for the pages of history. A Truly epic movie, :nod:

ahh yes, and my personal favorite T shirt that i do own :X: [link]
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Wingarbor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009   Photographer
God, I so WISH.
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ckhigh1994 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Student Artist
Wow :wow: that's amazing Dan!!! :clap: well done!!!
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ! :D :blush: :aww:
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ckhigh1994 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Student Artist
You very welcome :aww:. Sorry I wasn't on all day ^^; I'm really sick.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh goodness :worry: :hug:
You have nothing to be sorry about on that point. You need your rest and recovery :nod:
God bless and keep you and move you through this illness, my friend :pray:
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ckhigh1994 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Student Artist
Thank you :D :hug:
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KungFuHime2009 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your stuff is soooo good! You should enter the Wacom Bring Your Vision to Life contest! You would totally win!
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Dadapan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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Sibbs00000 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I love the idea, hopefully after Guillermo Del Toro finishes with Shadow over Innsmouth, he could do Call of Cthulhu. He's probably the only one that might do it right too.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know though O_o
Guillermo can do great designs, but actually his direction to me lacks scope.
Pan's Labyrinth looked great but to me it never threw the claustrophobic feel. Same with Hellboy (I'm not sure why).
Actually the beginning scenes of Batman Begins to me had the right tone and scale a little more. Cthulhu should feel HUGE in my opinion, so big it intimidates.
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Sibbs00000 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Who would be able to make Cthulhu feel big...maybe Sam Raimi or maybe Peter Jackson.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Both are promising!
Maybe Jackson?
Maybe even Zack Synder (no slo mo though!)
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Sibbs00000 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Snyder would be good. But I think Peter Jackson could do it better he has worked on alot of stuff: Meet the Feebles, Bad Taste, The Frighteners, Lord of the Rings.
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zarothaa Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009   Writer
I love H.P Lovecrafts works!
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