Horror movies and comic books often share a common link. The two genres also share many of the same fans. The popularity of graphic novels has soared over the past several years, bringing us amazing films and television shows, shows like The Walking Dead and films such as 30 Days of Night.
But what happens when you combine comic books and horror films into one movie? You get the 2009 film The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu. Presented in both live action and graphic novel style, this film brings to life the monsters of horror heavy hitter H.P. Lovecraft, in an updated and more horror nerd friendly presentation.
Jeff and Charlie have been best friends since high school. They do everything together. They work at the same dead end job, the live together, the party together, the wallow in self-loathing together. But little do they realize that their lives are about to change forever.
Jeff learns that he is the last living descendant of H.P. Lovecraft and much protect a powerful relic from slipping into the hands of Starspawn, an evil sea dwelling general who wishes to command his armies in an attempt to raise Cthulhu from the depths of the ocean to take over the world.
It is up to Jeff and Charlie (with the help of their nerd friend Paul) to save the world from the wrath of Starspawn and to prevent the Cthulhu from coming into power. As they delve further into the journey they realize that the cult that is hell-bent on releasing the Cthulhu from the depths of the ocean runs deeper into the world of politics than they’d ever expected. Can Jeff, Charlie, and Paul protect the world from the sea monsters or will they fall victim to Starspawn?
To tell the truth, I was not expecting much from this film when I first learned of it. As a horror nerd myself, I hold films to an extremely high standard and pick apart everything that I can when reviewing a film. I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised at the case of The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu. Surprised doesn’t even begin to describe it. I was flabbergasted. This movie is great!
Despite being seemingly a low budget film, this movie had some of the best special effects that I have ever seen in a film. The sea monster makeup was creative, colorful, and flawless. The performances were outstanding. The plot would have made H.P. Lovecraft proud. Not to mention this film is jam-packed with both action and humor.
I was particularly taken with the character of Paul who reminds me a great deal of Alan (played by Zach Galifianakis) in the hit film The Hangover. The switch between life action and cartoon really added a unique flair to this film, reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Volume 1 and the Jibaku segment of the horror film Trapped Ashes.
This was, overall, a fun film to watch and quite a shocker in the realm of unsuspectingly fantastic horror films. This is potentially one of the most underrated horror films ever made. Fans of the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness are sure to love The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu.
Baltimore City residents can purchase this film at the following location:
The Sound Garden
1616 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD. 21231
Baltimore City residents can rent this film at the following location:
400 West Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD. 21210