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OMG, you *must* buy this movie [May. 12th, 2009|11:46 pm]
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Tonight, Ferrett and I watched Call of Cthulu. It's a silent movie, made in 2007 on a budget of cardboard and duct tape ($50,000 - I'm not kidding). It's intentionally 1920s cheesy, and completely fabulous.

They know they are a parody, but combine that with enough intelligent understanding of the light tricks of filming in black and white to be really effective.

We were sold by the movie itself. But then we watched the Making Of.

Omigod, these people are completely awesome. They are working with nothing. They know they are working with nothing. And they keep their senses of humor throughout the whole thing.

We got it on Netflix. Ferrett and I agreed that we had to buy it, just because they deserve our 10% of the proceeds.

It's not great filmmaking, but it is awesome filmmaking. See.

[User Picture]From: cynic51
2009-05-13 04:20 am (UTC)
xhollydayx and I saw that in 2006 in a double-bill with Trapped by the Mormons, which is an equally awesomely bad silent movie, where in the Mormons in questions are VAMPIRES!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-13 04:21 am (UTC)
OMG, I totally need to see that.
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[User Picture]From: cynic51
2009-05-13 04:23 am (UTC)
*Everybody* needs to see that :-)
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[User Picture]From: chaosdancer
2009-05-13 04:35 am (UTC)
Oh, I love that movie! The only thing I found to criticize about it at all was that the hillbillies had teeth that were too good.

I saw that they were doing a film noir version of another Lovecraft story - do you guys know if that one's done yet?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-13 04:37 am (UTC)
Not that I know of. If you hear anything, let me know!

I miss roleplaying Cthulu. It was so much fun.
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[User Picture]From: firerose10
2009-05-13 05:03 am (UTC)
It's not done yet, but the trailer is available for download. It's of "Whisper in the Darkness".

My filmaking hubby is insanely psyched about this movie and the next one.
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[User Picture]From: yndy
2009-05-13 07:03 am (UTC)
I didn't have to get past the 2nd line to know it was my dear old friends at the HPLHS you were talking about. Sure enough - directed by Andrew H. Leman... confirmation in under 4 seconds.

Check out their site at http://www.cthulhulives.org/toc.html

And b/c I love you? 1st photo, upperleft, would be a young, sweaty, silver-haired, post sword fight me from 20+ years ago. Next picture to the right is Mr. Leman.

That was the best Hallowe'en ever.

You might giggle a bit about "A Shoggoth on the Roof" http://www.cthulhulives.org/Shoggoth/screening.html
Always cracks me up.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-13 07:11 am (UTC)
Another reason to think of you as completely awesome.

And I want the Cthulhu ski mask!!!!
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[User Picture]From: yndy
2009-05-14 01:06 am (UTC)
me too... but only so I can say "oooh I have an Elder God on my head!" :)

Saw it on BoingBoing too... seriously, wish I could knit like that!
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[User Picture]From: therrin
2009-05-14 10:12 am (UTC)
Some of the people involved in that also run a small play company called Theater Banshee here in LA doing Irish (and the occasional general British Isle) plays. When they are good, I'm utterly amazed with what they can pull off in a small cramped low budget playhouse.

I've always been a fan of their "christmas" music. Specifically Carol of the Old Ones, and their very scary solstice Cd.


Carol of the Old Ones:

I think they must have done 2 (?) christmas albums, because I know I know multiple singers on the album from a few years ago, but Carol of the Old Ones has been around a lot longer.
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[User Picture]From: naamah_darling
2009-05-13 07:50 am (UTC)
I saw that last year; it was completely amazing and fantastic.

The HPLHS are wonderful people. Their site is first-rate with lots of wonderful freebies to download and use in games.

The behind the scenes footage was probably the funniest thing I have ever seen. I hurt so badly from that one part . . . "RATS. Rats small enough to fit in a man's VEINS!"

And the classic:

"All I wanted was some Sun Chips, and I got the BLACK SKIES OF R'LYEH!"

I laughed myself hoarse.

It is one of the most loving and faithful adaptations of an HPL story I have ever seen.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-13 07:58 am (UTC)
The quotes you mention are why I decided we must own it. Brilliant insanity.

And they made me miss playing Call of Cthulhu.
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[User Picture]From: jacobford
2009-05-13 07:38 pm (UTC)
As long as we're tossing movie recs around, I highly recommend Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth. Also low-budget (200K or so, I think), and the entire movie is just eight people in a room, but it's one of the most intriguing films I've seen in a while. Don't watch the trailer, though. Gives too much away.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-13 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Will check it out.
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[User Picture]From: mollyblack
2009-05-13 08:53 pm (UTC)

We own that!

We loved it too! We purchased it sight unseen when they released it since we follow the group that puts those Cthulhu Christmas CDs out etc.

I recommend it just as highly as you two do and I'm thrilled you love it enough to purchase it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-13 09:12 pm (UTC)

Re: We own that!

How cool! It really is terrific!

Fascinatingly, the one thing that kept dragging me out of the 1920s feel was the men's suits. I realize that they probably had to rely on Goodwill and people's closets, but the comfortable drape of the fabrics made me twitch. The makeup was fabulous, though!
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[User Picture]From: kenshi
2009-05-13 09:21 pm (UTC)
Is this the gay one filmed in the pacific northwest?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-13 10:21 pm (UTC)
There was nothing gay about it that I noticed.
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[User Picture]From: kenshi
2009-05-13 10:37 pm (UTC)
Must not be the same movie, then.
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