Back in December I posted about a silent film version of Lovecraft’s “Call of Cthulhu.” After some delays, here are my thoughts on the film.
I was impressed! Sure, the budget is tiny, but the “feel” of the film was dead on. It is hard to compare it to anything I have seen before because of the extremely primitive film techniques used. Remember that this was shot using early 20th century film techniques in black and white, with no sound. The silent film is a totally different beast from modern films. It is closer to watching a stage play than a movie. The exaggerated body movements and facial expressions do a reasonable job of substituting for dialogue. That and a few title cards convey the story very well.
I also suggest checking out the extras on the DVD and the website. How they made such a great film with a minimal budget, scaffolding and cardboard is quite impressive.
Even if you are not a fan of Lovecraft, “Call of Cthulhu” is worth a look. Fair warning, if you think “Friday the 13th” is the pinnacle of horror film making, then skip this film. This is a slow, inexorable sort of horror.
Trask, The Last Tyromancer