If nothing else, The Call of Cthulhu taught me the word Cyclopean…
… which didn’t mean what I thought it meant.
(It doesn’t mean having one eye.)
Normally you will find me in the camp that will tell you to always read the book before watching the movie, but this short film is so true to the original source that I’m pretty comfortable making an exception. If this is your entry point into the Cthulhu Mythos, you won’t be missing much, and you’ll be in for a fun treat.
The (modern) filmmakers made a brilliant choice to make this a black and white, silent film. This immediately sets the old-timey tone and enhances the feel of someone in the past re-telling a story. But they don’t stop there. The special effects are called up from the early days of film as well, completing the feeling. It’s really fun.
While the film doesn’t take itself too seriously when it shouldn’t (they enjoy tossing in a few silent film tropes), on the whole, it does a great job of producing a feeling of mystery, dread, and helplessness when it wants to. For example, The Old One himself is stop-motion, but when he (it?) is finally revealed, it fits so well into the movie you only think of the terror it brings with it.
It’s easy to watch, pretty short, and very fun.