19. The Call of Cthulhu (2005, Andrew Leman)
Not enough horror movies these days make use of black and white, which is a shame since color doesn’t allow for enough creepy shadows and areas where you are not sure if evil being is hiding in the darkness, ready to emerge and swallow your soul while chewing on your remaining body parts. The Call of Cthulhu (2005), based on the classic Lovecraft tale (which I have sadly not read) is unfortunately way too limited, although its still a really cool horror movie that was a nice throwback to the old days of horror cinema. Back when atmosphere was more important than random jump scares and gore, although I do like jump scares done right and I do love gore. Yet its fun to revisit classic Gothic horror, reveling in how budget limitations and censorship forced upon the filmmaker by the studio could result in some truly effective horror films, ones that would dig under you skin and echo in your thoughts hours later. I’m sure that movies such as The Call of Cthulhu scared the daylights out of people back then.
Anyways The Call of Cthulhu (2005) utilizes black and white cinematography and old school monster animation to give the viewer an eerie look into an adaption of a tale most chilling. I’ve always found the idea of Lovecraft’s creatures really existing, waiting somewhere to re-emerge into our world, creating and wrecking havoc upon mankind. Thankfully that is not the case, as the so called Elder Ones are the figments of a deceased man’s imagination. From what I understand Lovecraft worked best in describing horrors unseen and unknown, and this is why the best takes on his work capture that spirit rather well. Cthulhu in that regard does its job well, and should be checked out by those who enjoy such tales. I would love to see the film’s creators bring to life more of Lovecraft’s stories, all decked out in glorious black and white.