I’m not a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s work, and it’s been eons since I’ve read anything from the Mythos. My last contact with the terrible bunch of Great Baffling Indescribable Ones was Dark Corners of the Earth, an under-appreciated first person shooter game. So yeah.
In any case, the film itself is, as advertised, a silent black-and-white intended to replicate the feel of the 1920s-era movie – when The Call of Cthulhu was first published. It requires pretty much no previous experience with the Cthulhu Mythos to watch, which is a plus.
I mean, if you can stomach a bland and silent text-fest, then this film should at least keep you interested. The music is absolutely great (obviously, as it had better been) and the lack of speaking parts sets a pretty bleak mood, relying on the audience’s ability to focus on the unfolding events. The slowly unraveling mystery is well-paced and terse.
All in all, definitely solid and watchable, and at an hour long, it doesn’t drag its haunches. Moving the opening text to the end was pretty good, actually, because it fully captures the theme after the events have been shown.
Everyone all together now:
That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And with strange aeons even death may die.
Colour me purple, but I’m somewhat looking forward to the next production now. Too bad that At the Mountains of Madness wasn’t a film…