Jeez, I wanted to really like this as it has a clever concept (Lovecraft's last living relative in unwittingly brought into a battle with the returning Old Ones) but the execution is 100% terrible in my eyes. Not the film making itself as they do have some great camera-work, good FX for the budget and some clever animation bits. I'm laying the blame right at the feet of the leads. Jeff (Kyle Davis) and Charlie (Devin McGinn, who also wrote this) are so annoyingly portrayed and the first scene with the two will be a litmus test for you as a viewer. I was cringing and thinking, "This is going to be a long one" (and the film only runs 73 minutes). To make matters worse, they team up with a Lovecraft geek who is like Judiah Friedlander 2.0. It wants so bad to be the SHAUN OF THE DEAD of the Lovecraft genre, but falls flat on its tentacled face.
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The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (2009)
The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu is a movie starring Kyle Davis, Devin McGinn, and Matt Bauer. Jeff is an ordinary guy that is stuck at a dead end job with a boring life, but when a strange old man gives him an Ancient relic and...
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Jeff is an ordinary guy that is stuck at a dead end job with a boring life, but when a strange old man gives him an Ancient relic and tells him that he is the last bloodline of H.P. Lovecraft, He and his friend Charlie embark on an adventure to protect the relic piece from falling into the hands of the Starspawn and his minions that wish to reunite the relic and release Cthulhu back into the world.
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Oh boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyReviewed byudar55Vote: 7/10
The Last Lovecraft: Relic Of Cthulhu kicked off the opening gala at the5th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival last night, and also markedthe film's international premiere. The film a horror comedy that sitsin the same space as Jack Brooks Monster Slayer and, reaching back abit, the original Tremors. While I'm not sure it's bound for cultclassic status, the film does have it's moments, and offers a humoroustake on the Lovecraftian mythos, including an opening credit sequencethat was reminiscent of the 80's cult classic Re-Animator.
The basic premise is that the world H.P. Lovecraft envisioned was morefact than fiction, and the reason he could write about the namelesshorrors is because of a genetic disposition that allows his bloodlineto avoid going absolutely mad when confronted with the evil of the OldOnes. A secret society has existed to protect the world from Cthulhu,but now that the second half of an ancient artifact has been uncovered(coincidentally just as the starts are aligning), only the lastdescendant of the horror writer can save the world. That would be Jeff(Kyle Davis), a sometimes awkward office worker, who has no idea of hislineage. Luckily his best friend and room mate Charlie (Devin McGinn)is more well versed in Lovecraftian lore, and after being confrontedwith the initial threats, the adventure ensues.
Once the basic premise is out of the way, the story arc is pretty welltread ground. What keeps The Last Lovecraft entertaining enough is thecomedy, which for the most part hits all the right notes. Some of itfelt forced, but it was pretty rare, and there are a couple of standout performances, especially from Barak Hardley as Paul, a high schoolfriend and Lovecraft nerd who joins them on their quest, and themysterious Captain Olaf, played by Gregg Lawrence.
If you're going to do a creature feature, you need to have some goodmonster effects, and on this front, the film certainly delivers. Mostof the creatures ride the line between creepy and silly, with a coupleof notable exceptions either way. The sucker fish creature whichappears in the trailer is most definitely on the silly side, but thespawn that attack a group of camping teenagers work well in deliveringsome chills.
Some of the most enjoyable parts of the movie for me were the animatedsequences, including a comic book style recap of the history of the OldOnes coming to Earth during the time of the dinosaurs. There are somegreat sequences with the animated Cthulhu fighting dinosaurs,especially notable is the point where he uses a recently decapitatedtriceratops head as a shield.
When making a low budget movie of this nature, it's very often a labourof love for everyone involved, and that love comes across on film.That's because the budgetary constraints mean making sacrifices thatlarger films don't have to worry about, and as someone who who's got asoft spot for these types of moves, it's tough to be critical. Thereare problems though, mainly in the pacing and the editing. There were afew points, such as the camping teenagers scene mentioned above, wherejust knowing when to cut would have made a difference in how thingsplayed out.
Even with some of the largely technical problems that come with anindie film, The Last Lovecraft is a fun horror-comedy romp with somegreat moments, and makes for a great popcorn flick. It manages to evokenotes from other horror-comedy classics while remaining it's own beast,which is something tough to pull off at any budget, when it comes togenre films.
At the end of the film, Devin McGinn, who plays Charlie and also wroteand produced the film, took to the stage, along with director HenrySaine, for a Q & A session, and were joined by other cast members. It'sclear that they all enjoyed working together, and if all goes well,we'll be seeing the sequel sometime down the road. Let's hope it'll bemaking it's premiere at Toronto After Dark sooner as opposed to later.
This review originally appeared at http://www.rgbfilter.com/?p=8607
Okay, I gave this a 10, because despite it's obviously low budget, this is one of the best horror comedies I've ever seen! The acting, direction, production, script, and everything else I can't think of now are just inspired goofiness! It's geeks vs. freaks, with great animated segues, wonderfully cheesy effects befitting a B-movie spoof, and very tongue-firmly-in-cheek dialogue. I love Lovecraft, but this was just a wonderfully silly send up of horror/monster films in general. I see some Young Frankenstein, Eight Legged Freaks, and Shaun of the Dead especially. All of these guys are up and coming, if anyone in Hollywood has half a brain left these days!! I demand a sequel!!!!