Cthulhu (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: August 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

Too much about the movie is just amateurish.

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John Anderson

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.

Brian Juergens

An assured, creepy effort that skillfully integrates gay themes and characters into a straight-up horror story.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton
Dread Central

High on ambition and originality and the closest we've come to a true H.P. Lovecraft film.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.

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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly

Stuart Gordon adapted the story more conventionally in 2001's Dagon, and it remains the better bet for Lovecraft lovers.

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Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick

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.

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

What is best about Cthulhu is the style that insists on keeping the viewer completely off-balance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Drew Smith
Cthulhu is a derivation of the H.P. Lovecraft mythos with gay thematic material and Tori Spelling as a rapist. There aren't enough words in the English… More
Sylvester Kuo
Confusing with bad acting... Actors are repulsive, absolutely dreadful