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3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely more fun than being fish raped, 27 Sept. 2012
This review is from: The Last Lovecraft [DVD] (DVD)
I'm really not one for prostituting a perverted version of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos for so light a purpose as comedy, but there's no way I can pass up the chance to watch any movie referencing Lovecraft or the Mythos. Of course, everything about this film screams comedy, so it's not like an HPL devotee could go into this expecting anything even remotely serious. In the final analysis, The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu is relatively funny and unconditionally stupid - it has its good parts, and it has its bad parts. They mostly cancel each other out for yours truly, but I can see how some will find the movie a good deal funnier than I did.

As everyone knows, Cthulhu lies dreaming inside his house at Rl'yeh deep beneath the ocean, waiting for the day his cult followers will free him to wreak havoc upon the Earth once more. In this inaccurate telling of the story, two ancient relics must be rejoined to fashion the key to Cthulhu's watery tomb. The cult has finally managed to find the relic that had been lost for centuries, which means Starspawn, Cthulhu's general, will be coming for the second relic, currently being safeguarded by a council of Lovecraft scholars. With one half of the "key" now in the hands of the cult, though, only a descendant of Lovecraft himself has any chance of keeping the other relic safe. This "last Lovecraft" is James Phillips, a real loser who knows nothing of his heritage. His best friend is a comic book junkie who at least knows the comic version of the Cthulhu Mythos story, but the two must seek out the aid of Cthulhu specialist in the form of an old high school classmate even nerdier than they are. Together, these three set out to save the world from Cthulhu's agents' tentacled clutches.

Even though you're given a quick, comic book version of the Cthulhu story (inaccurate as it is), those actually familiar with Lovecraft's brilliant horror tales will be in the best position to try and enjoy this movie. You'll at least understand all of the references. Those unfamiliar with Lovecraft can enjoy the comedy, but the sad fact is that this movie makes the whole Mythos look pretty stupid, what with fish people and an octopus-man running around all over the place - when, in actuality, the Lovecraft canon actually represents the pinnacle of cosmic horror. I would hate for anyone to view H.P. Lovecraft through the window of this outright comedy.
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