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The Last Lovecraft: The Relic of Cthulhu

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s been a while since a comedy/horror film has pushed the right buttons for me. Films such as Gremlins, The Toxic Avenger, Shaun of the Dead, Creepshow, Fright Night, Beetlejuice and Zombieland are rare exceptions in a wasteland genre full of cheap vampire innuendo and slapstick zombie schlock cinema.

Perhaps it was the premise of the film that I found so exciting; A tale of friends banding together with nothing but comic books as their guide, to save the planet from invasion by magical sea creatures. To me it sounded like the perfect pairing of classic science fiction, with an equal measure of horror and comedy.

Going into the screening with quite a pessimistic attitude, I was quickly won over by the scripts sharp witticisms and refreshingly original content. Part of me had expected the usual portrayal of the stereotypical nerds, as seen in current television shows such as The Big Bang Theory and most high school films from the eighties and early nineties. However, the film refuses to adhere to this old Revenge of the Nerds style attitude, by quite obviously being written for nerds, by nerds. Sure one of the characters lives in his grandmothers basement, but the characters are relate-able somehow. Unlike the twitchy, socially awkward, over-done computer nerd stereotype that we have come to identify with in the comedy genre, I did not feel alienated from any of the characters in this film. The amount of Lovecraft references alone indicates that this film is more of a fun homage to a cult legend, rather than a satire of nerds versus sea creatures.

The film is rumoured to be released theatrically, however I suspect a straight to DVD release in Australia, which is a shame, because this film worked for me in the interactive cinema setting of A Night of Horror International Film Festival.

Directed by: Henry Saine
Written by: Devin McGinn
Starring: Kyle Davis, Devin McGinn, Matt Bauer, Honor Bliss and Gregg Lawrence.
Cinematography: Cameron Cannon
Country: United States
Language: English
Running Time: 78 minutes
Filmbiotic Diagnosis: 2.5/5

Chauvel Cinema presents Porte Dell ‘Inferno (Gates of Hell) by Lucio Fulci

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment

The inherently grotesque nature of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell Trilogy is compulsory viewing for fans of gore and cult horror. Get along to the Chauvel Cinema over the next few Fridays to witness the madness.

Friday 21 September, 10.30pm: City of the Living Dead

Friday 28 September, 10.45pm: House by the Cemetery

Friday 5 October, 10.30pm: The Beyond

All tickets $10 each, or all 3 for $24.
Purchase tickets HERE.

Categories: Cult Cinema, Horror, Trailers
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