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Inspired by the works of celebrated horror fiction author H.P. Lovecraft, this apocalyptic frightener tells the story of a Seattle history professor who becomes caught up in a frightful and rapidly accelerating series of strange events after returning to his estranged family on the Oregon coast and discovering that his father is involved with a bizarre New Age cult. Upon returning home to execute his late mother's will, the professor enters into a long-awaited affair with his beautiful best friend from childhood. Later, the professor uncovers evidence that the members of his father's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Too much about the movie is just amateurish."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"The most fantastical plotline can be a perfectly convincing movie, but in Cthulhu, the acting is so emotionally unhinged and erratic it borders on camp."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"An assured, creepy effort that skillfully integrates gay themes and characters into a straight-up horror story."
‑ Brian Juergens, AfterElton.com
"As the creepy gives way to the criminal, and ultimately to the genuinely supernatural, Cthulhu maintains its grounding in the sort of real-world interests that holds one's attention without shocking demonstrations like dismemberment or decapitation."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Cthulhu isn't awful, but it isn't particularly compelling either, as Glidark and Cogswell make their message so plain that it robs the story of its broader mysteries."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"High on ambition and originality and the closest we've come to a true H.P. Lovecraft film."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"H.P. Lovecraft has a history of mistreatment in the cinema, but nothing comes near the abomination of Cthulhu, which not only desecrates Lovecraft, but film craft."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A trippy, unsettling experience with a clear eye for mesmerizing visuals. Genre fans grown weary by today's mainstream spate owe it to themselves to seek out this grim, creatively sumptuous, unapologetically chilling indie effort."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Stuart Gordon adapted the story more conventionally in 2001's Dagon, and it remains the better bet for Lovecraft lovers."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth looms largest in this offbeat film's influences, and while it can't be called faithful ... it does have an authentically doom-haunted atmosphere."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Miss FlickChick
"What is best about Cthulhu is the style that insists on keeping the viewer completely off-balance."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"The film effectively locks down a literally captive audience, and the eerie images of the mystical, tempestuous Oregon coast are both stunning and nerve shredding for the entire bewitching duration."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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