[Because Toronto's week of genre and cult mayhem, The Toronto After Dark Film Festival (TADFF) is kicking off today, we are re-running Todd's Slamdance review of The Last Lovecraft: Call of Cthulu. Where the Park City sub-festival was also the launching point of Canadian creature feature throwback Jack Brooks Monster Slayer a couple years ago and that film seems a fair comparison. While Brooks may have had a bit more polish to it Lovecraft has more heart by far.]
The Great Old Ones Are coming. They are fishy. They are ruthless. They
are hungry. And they very definitely are not just a figment of horror
icon H.P. Lovecraft's imagination.
When the ancient cult of
prehistoric god Cthulu discover an ancient artifact buried in the sands
of Egypt it could very well spark the end of humanity. Should the cult
succeed in combining their artifact with one guarded by an ancient
secret society devoted to fighting the followers of Cthulu ... well,
let's just say the end would come swift and painful.
only hope? Jeff. The socially awkward office worker may be completely
unaware that he is the last living descendant of H.P. Lovecraft but that
simple fact means that he alone is immune to the powers of Cthulu and
the Great Old Ones and that he alone can succeed in protecting the
artifact from Cthulu's horrific undersea minions. Now Jeff - accompanied
only by his comic-obsessed co-worker Charlie, Lovecraft-obsessed high
school classmate Paul, and the mysterious Captain Olaf are the only ones
who can prevent humanity's total destruction.
Devin McGinn - he plays Charlie - and director Henry Saine have created
here a loving ode to both B-grade monster cinema in general and the
works of H.P. Lovecraft in particular. The Last Lovecraft
knowingly goofy ride into the world of horror comedy where the creatures
- and there are lots of 'em - play for laughs and scares in equal
measure. Though many of the gags hit for chuckles more than deep laughs
the overall tone of the picture is so slapdash charming that it's
impossible not to enjoy the ride.
Creature fans will be greatly
pleased by McGinn and Saine's latex creations - some of which are played
purely for the silly factor, some of which are legitimately creepy, and
some of which manage to be both simultaneously. Though it falls more on
the comedy side than on the horrific that is not to say that they are
shy about laying on the blood when need be and the whole blend is
anchored by the surprisingly believable relationship between the social
misfit trio at the core of the film.
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