Cthulhu is based on the short stories of H. P. Lovecraft, in particular The Shadow Over Inssmouth. Director/co-writer Dan Gildark does a good job bringing the sense of dread that permeates Lovecraft’s tales to the screen, both in the look of his film and with little background touches like the TV and radio broadcasts reporting on a world falling into chaos. The gay aspect of the story, something Lovecraft would never have touched on, is nonetheless integrated well. This is not a “gay” movie. It’s just a movie whose main character happens to be gay. There is a subtext about how some gay people have to make a painful choice between family or being true to themselves, but that’s only there if you’re looking beneath the surface. The horror aspects of Cthulhu are subtle as well. It’s perhaps a little too vague at times for its own good, but overall I found it to be a refreshing change of pace from the usual modern horror fare. ***.
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