CC: The Last Lovecraft and In Search of Lovecraft

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

CC: The Last Lovecraft and In Search of Lovecraft

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu is a 2009 horror comedy film directed by Henry Saine about the last living relative of noted short-story writer H.P. Lovecraft.  The film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and was acquired by MPI Media.  It had its international theatrical release in August 2010 at Toronto's fifth annual After Dark Film Festival through MPI's Dark Sky Films label.  It was later released on DVD and VOD in October 2010.

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (2009)

  • Genre: Adventure – Comedy – Horror
  • Directed: Henry Saine
  • Produced:
    • Oliver Garrett 
    • Devin McGinn 
    • Mike McGinn 
    • Ashleigh Nichols
  • Written:
    • Tom Konkle (Script Consultant) 
    • Devin McGinn (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Kyle Davis, Devin McGinn, Matt Bauer, Honor Bliss, Sujata Day, Todd Duffey, Edward Flores, Marty Fortney
  • Music: Michael Tavera
  • Cinematography: Cameron Cannon
  • Editing:
    • Devin McGinn 
    • Henry Saine
  • Studio: Outlaw Films
  • Distributed:
    • Cinemavault  
    • Dark Sky Films  
    • Front Row Filmed Entertainment  
    • Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment  
    • Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 3 October 2009
  • Running Time: 78 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Jeff Philips is working a dead end job at a call center.  One day, an old man arrives at his apartment to tell him he is the last descendent of H.P. Lovecraft and must guard a relic to keep it from being reunited; if the pieces of the relic are united while the stars are in alignment, the sunken city of R'lyeh will rise from the sea and the demonic creature Cthulhu will be released upon an unsuspecting world.

Shortly thereafter, squid-like "deep ones" attack and Jeff flees with his friend Charlie, a comic book artist.  Cult followers of Cthulhu pursue them to reunite the relic.  They find an old high school acquaintance, Paul, and enlist him in their cause.  The three flee to the desert to seek Captain Olaf, a sailor who has first-hand experience with the cult.  Eventually, the cult members attack them and Paul is taken by the cult, only to later escape and reunite at Olaf's RV.  Cthulhu's general, Starspawn, and the deep ones corner them in the captain's RV.  In their haste to flee, Jeff and Charlie leave the relic behind, and Starspawn re-assembles it.  This causes everyone but Jeff, as the last in the Lovecraft bloodline, excruciating pain.  As Cthulhu prepares to escape his undersea prison, Jeff shoots some dynamite, destroying the star spawn, separating the relic and saving the world.

Sometime later, we see Charlie doing a comic book signing for his new book based on his and Jeff's adventures. Whilst telling a small disbelieving comic fan that the story is true, Jeff arrives with an ancient map of more artifacts they must safeguard.  They quickly leave for the Antarctic and arrive at the Mountains of Madness.

The film “In Search of Lovecraft” is not quite a documentary or a straight feature, but rather a pseudo documentary using fictitious characters to unveil the mystery of Lovecraft’s legacy left in the occult world.  If nothing else, that poster rocks!

In Search of Lovecraft (2008)

  • Genre: Horror 
  • Directed: David J. Hohl
  • Produced:
    • David J. Hohl 
    • Valentyna Hohl 
    • Michael Rosen
  • Written: David J. Hohl
  • Starring: Denise Amrikhas, Tytus Bergstrom, Jeff De Lucio-Brock, John D. Edge, Tony Grat, Noel Harris, Larry Laverty, Saqib Mausoof, Sue Ramsey
  • Music: Troy Sterling Nies
  • Cinematography: Michael Rosen
  • Editing:
    • David J. Hohl 
    • Greg Whitlow
  • Studio: HohloGraphic Productions
  • Distributed: Maxim Media International
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 4 October 2008
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

We are joined by reporter Rebecca Marsh in the midst of covering a Halloween event for a local but low level news station.  It’s quickly apparent her distaste in the material she has been given as she struggles thru it to deliver on her bosses needs.  Between takes she scoffs at the report and fakes it for the camera.  Her assistant Amber Martin dances around and doesn’t help matters with her childish approach to the whole thing.  Though Mike her cameraman stays with the report the whole time even going as far as to document the events between takes.  In this sense the film becomes more reality TV orientated with a script to progress the action.

What Rebecca didn’t anticipate was that the Lovecraft assignment would lead her to darker avenues, quirky characters and an intrigue that has potential to be a break thru story.  It appears that the material has a mind of its own as it calls in characters who do take the subject matter seriously and are in some sense afraid for there lives. Rebecca gets a call about a local expert Dr. D’Souza and a number of locals to investigate.

This leads to the discovery of an old film which documents the truth behind the mystery.  The mystery of course is that H.P. Lovecraft didn’t just write horror stories but that they were based on truth and nightmares he encountered as a writer.  The nightmares speak of bizarre worlds, tentacle creatures and extreme dark places that are in many respects a virtual hell.  It also appears that this notion has been much kept secret for quite some time and has the potential to be a huge story in the making.

Set in the city of San Francisco, the assignment soon becomes a invitation into the threshold of terror as they find that not all fiction is false.  Once Amber gets attacked by a dark force and ripped away into the night, they all start to fear for their lives.  A decision is made to go visit a local but powerful witch to help protect them from the dark forces they have awakened.  It is also when they discover the secret of the hidden tape that reveals an evil cult behind the legend.  Nightmares become part of reality and strange hooded figures lurk about in the dark.  Whatever H.P. Lovecraft was putting to text begins to reveal itself as a powerful but well guarded sect that inflicts the evil of Cthulhu on those unlucky to dig to deep.


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