Cthulhu (2007) Movie Review

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Cthulhu (2007)

2007 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama
100 minutes / 1h 40min

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Cthulhu Plot Synopsis:

A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has a long-awaited tryst. Caught in an accelerating series of events, he discovers aspects of his father's New Age cult which take on a dangerous and apocalyptic significance.

Cthulhu (2007) Review

Cthulhu (2007) is a rated R 1h 40 min American drama thriller horror film that was shot in several locations in Oregon, USA, and Washington, USA. First-time director Dan Gildark did a terrific job trying to execute Cthulhu which was loosely based on H. P. Lovecraft‘s 1936 novel titled, The Shadow over Innsmouth. Cthulhu is recognized for having a protagonist who faces horrors after returning for a relative’s funeral in a small town. The movie contains sexual content, brief nudity, masturbation, blood, flashbacks, rapes, cult, violence, and bad language.

Cthulhu revolves around young history professor Russ (Jason Cottle - Wag the Dog (1997), The Wedding Singer (1998), Act of Valor (2012), Infamous (2009)) returning to his hometown to execute his late mother’s estate. Russ reunites with his family and Mike (Scott Patrick Green - Grimm (2011-2016), Elephant (2003), Green Room (2015), My Own Private Idaho (1991)) who is his childhood friend. Russ’s father is the leader of a New Age cult.

Russ stumbles upon a warehouse with a wall that has hundreds of names written on it, and he wakes up in his motel room that night to discover a cudgel in his room after dreaming about it. The cudgel had the word "Dagon" written on it. A drunk told Russ that the cudgel is used for sacrifice leading to one event leading to another which results in Russ learning about a mass sacrifice that is going to happen soon.

I had some hope for this film, but that was dragged out the door during the first few minutes after the first scene. It is a shame to see this movie in a different name when it was already made in a better version, Dagon (2001) because it is insulting to title the film Cthulhu.

I believe the writer and director were more focused on Russ’s (the main character) confused sexuality and not on Lovecraft’s novel and yes I know it was loosely based on Lovecraft. The film was probably loosely based on Lovecraft so that his name can be used for publicity for the movie. I gave this movie a one and would have given it a zero, but our score meter does not allow that so please refrain from watching this film even if it is a rainy day with nothing else to do. Everything was horrible in this production.

  • Cthulhu Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 1
  • Overall Score: 3.60
  • IMDB: 4.7
  • MetaCritic: 4.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.2

About Cthulhu 2007

Title: Cthulhu
Year: 2007
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Score: 0.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.8/5 stars from 1,722 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,722
MPAA Rating: R
Cthulhu Cast Starring: Cara Buono, Tori Spelling, Greg Michaels, Richard Garfield, Charles Creasy, Dennis Tracy, Jasminka Vukcevic, Amy Main, Nathan Ladd, Dennis Kleinsmith, Scott McKnight, Cary Moon, Jason Cottle, Ryan Gorman, Brad Zeffren, Jan Sewell, Casey Curran, Robert Padilla, Lyall Bush, Ethan Atkinson, Kellan Larson, Eben Eldridge, Patrick McKnight, Ian Geoghegan, Liza Maslow, Joe Shapiro, Jeffrey Brown, Emilie Maslow, Ruby Wood, Robin Gordon
Cthulhu Writers: Grant Cogswell, Dan Gildark
Cthulhu Director: Dan Gildark
Production: Regent Releasing/here! Films
Website: http://www.cthulhuthemovie.com/
Language: English
Country: USA