Cthulhu (2007)

DAN GILDARK

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB

USA, 2007, Story by , Dan Gildark, Screenplay by Grant Cogswell,  additional dialogue by , additional story by , based on the writings of Cinematography by Produced by , , Dan Gildark, Music by Production Design by . Costume Design by Film Editing by .   Independent Spirit Awards 2007.   Podcast: Bad Gay Movies

This convoluted thriller claims to be based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, telling the tale of a history professor who returns to his seaside Oregon town to bury his mother and stumbles upon the town’s secret life.  His religious, conservative father isn’t as happy to see his estranged gay son as his sister is, and he reconnects with a high school friend and sometime lover, but something sinister is happening in this place.  Children are constantly being kidnapped and he sees strange ritualistic events with men in robes happening at an abandoned warehouse, eventually realizing that a cult that worships Lovecraft’s sea god of the title is running this little hamlet and taking advantage of its citizens of lower economic status.  Beautiful, if often overdone, cinematography makes this empty experience at least pleasant to look at, but the details are frustrating in their obscurity and what the script thinks is enigma is actually just uninteresting confusion.

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