Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 2007. Arkham Northwest Productions, Cascadia Film Collective. Story by Grant Cogswell, Dan Gildark, Screenplay by Grant Cogswell, additional dialogue by Douglas Light, additional story by Jason Cottle, based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Cinematography by Sean Kirby. Produced by Jeffrey Brown, Alexis Ferris, Dan Gildark, Anne Rosellini. Music by Willy Greer. Production Design by Etta Lilienthal. Costume Design by Doris Black. Film Editing by Tony Fulgham. 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.