Last Lovecraft, The: Relic of Cthulhu (DVD)



The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu on DVDReviewed by Kalebson

Starring Kyle Davis, Devin Mcginn, Barak Hardley, Gregg Lawrence

Directed by Henry Saine

Distributed by Dark Sky Films


The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind” – H.P. Lovecraft

Something fishy is going on around here! It must be the fact that Dark Sky and Outlaw Films have brought us this fine little horror/comedy by first-time feature film director Henry Saine to chew on. Not having high expectations going in (which was due in part to the awful cover art), I can say that I enjoyed all seventy-eight minutes of the film. In fact, there are quite a few laugh-out-loud pieces of dialogue that outweigh the abysmal Syfy-ish CGI and latex monster suits that, while silly, are pretty much on par with those found in classics like Creature from the Black Lagoon. Still, given the micro-budget of the movie, one cannot ask for much more.

The plot for The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu revolves around Jeff (Kyle Davis), a plain, ordinary guy stuck in his little office job at SQRLY Gift Delivery with his friend Charlie (Devin McGinn, who also wrote the film). Jeff soon finds out from the council at our beloved Miskatonic University that he is the last remaining descendant of the Lovecraft bloodline and is to be entrusted to keep one half of the Relic of Cthulhu safe from the “Deep Ones” who are lead by the nefarious Star-spawn, whose Cult of Cthulhu possess the other half of the relic.

If the two pieces of this ancient artifact are ever joined together, the underwater city of R’lyeh will rise, which will result in the end of mankind. Needing more assistance and insight into the world of Cthulhu, Jeff and Charlie stop and pick up Paul (Barak Hardley), the geek of all geeks. From there the trio follow a map in hopes of finding their savior, Captain Olaf. With their combined forces they set out to Star-spawn and thus save the world.

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu on DVDThe actors are confident in their roles, and the comedy is definitely welcome during the film. The jokes are sometimes more of a chuckle than a laugh, if even a little ridiculous at times. I have to say, though, Captain Olaf (Gregg Lawrence) and his over-the-top Irish accent make the film that much more enjoyable.

As far as gore is concerned, there is very little, but probably enough to satisfy. There is some blood splatter here and there, and there are a few animated scenes in the film that increase the grue factor as well. Although the latex suits for the Deep Ones are a bit cheesy, they still manage to come off as creepy as they do goofy. The film definitely relies more heavily on the comedy than the actual “fish raping”, but overall there's enough horror to fill out the scant runtime.

The extras here are fairly decent. We get an audio commentary that is a little annoying as the participants don’t know when to stop commentating, thereby taking away from the ability to follow along with the movie itself. There are a handful of deleted scenes that I'm not even sure where they might have fit in the film, so it's probably a good thing that they were left on the cutting room floor. The animation gallery is by far the best piece of supplemental material that's present and accounted for, giving us all sorts of animated visions - some not even part of the film. Tack on a still gallery with a fair amount of behind-the-scenes and comical images of the cast and of course the theatrical trailer, and we're done. Good stuff for a low-budget affair.

Overall the The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu is worth a watch and suitable for pretty much anyone. So throw back a couple beers and enjoy the flick. A true Lovecraftian may, as they usually do, bash the film, but it's hard to imagine that it was intended to be serious fanfare, just fun.

Can’t we all just get along?

Special Features

  • Trailer
  • Cast Commentary
  • Still Gallery
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Animation Tests

    Film:

    3 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    3 1/2 out of 5

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    Vanvance1's picture

    This makes me want to see Stewart Gordon go at it again.

    Speaking of which, what happened to him? Where's the next Gordon movie?


    Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:59pm.
    moderator Stuart is on the road with
    Steve Barton's picture

    Stuart is on the road with Jeffrey Combs and their show Nevermore. No word on a film return as of yet. We'll keep you posted.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 4:36pm.
    Vanvance1's picture

    He's back to his theatrical roots. I'd cheer if I got to see the play, but since I don't I'm going to grouse that he's not making movies.

    Stuck was great proving he's still go his mojo. Stuart's films are always interesting and ambitious regardless of his budgets.


    Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 11:32pm.
    Terminal's picture

    Not a fan of this review, but it peaked my interest for this movie.
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    "We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life."


    Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 6:14am.
    Pestilence's picture

    I had a very, VERY different opinion of it... but we'll save that for the UK DVD review next month. ;o)


    Submitted by Pestilence on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 1:02pm.

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