Director – Henry Raine
Cast – Kyle Davis, Devin McGinn, Edward Flores, Ethan Wilde, Gregg Lawrence, Edmund Lupinski
Release Year – 2009
Reviewed by John of the Dead
One of the best feelings I get from the horror genre is finding an enjoyable film that went under the radar years prior, and that is the feeling I got from The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu. Shot on a very low “shoestring” budget, this independent B-movie managed to provide a fun watch heavy in Cthulhu lore and with plenty of comical elements to compliment the story. With good laughs and a prestine production value in regards to the type of film this is, The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu is an indie horror film done right in a day where similar Lovecraft flicks have failed miserably.
When one half of an ancient relic is found by the Cult of Cthulhu, they awaken the sleeping beast’s lead general, Starspawn, to lead them in finding the other half so that they can revive their master after spending centuries buried at the bottom of the sea. When “The Council”, a secretive group whose purpose is to ensure Cthulhu is never again awoken, learns of the Cult’s discovery, they give the other half of the relic to the last known descendant of H.P. Lovecraft, a bumbling passive virgin named Jeff. Jeff has never been a believer in such things, but when he finds himself face to face with the “Old Ones” as they seek the ancient relic now in his possession, he joins with his best friend Charlie in a quest to save the world from another world before their time.
As you can tell by now, this is definitely a film for Lovecraft fans. The homages are everywhere in this story, penned by Tom Konkle and Devin McGinn, with numerous references to Lovecraft’s history and his many works. I found the storyline to be a fun one, especially because our lead protagonist is a pathetic loser with a dead-end job and no finesse with the opposite sex, but it is up to him to save the damn world. Sure we’ve seen this tactic before, but when a film wants to be more “fun” than serious it is good to have a bumbling protagonist instead of a brute, unless you’re watching Hellboy which manages to give you both in the same package. The character play between our two main protagonists, Jeff and Charlie, was fun and quite representative of how best friends tend to interact with one another, however things become even more interesting (character-wise) as the film winds on and introduces even more enjoyable ones like Sheldon, a Cthulhu freak who the two friends used to pick on but must now rely on for his knowledge of anything Cthulhu-related. Watching these three bumbling morons travel along the countryside to protect the ancient relic was fun and made for some good comedy (which was abundant in this story), which was blessed with a very fun “comic” feel sure to leave horror comic fans drooling. We are also given enjoyable antagonists who come with cheesy but effective dialogue, and these minions of Cthulhu were thankfully not mere humans but heinous creatures from the depths of the sea.
Director Henry Saine did well for this being his only full-length film, giving us a pretty high production value for such a low budget. The sets were positive and good enough to keep me engaged, but most importantly was the good performances provided by the actors, something you do not normally see in low-budget indie horror films. While our protagonists sold the film I did enjoy watching the antagonists as well thanks to Saine employing mostly live-action FX that left the creatures looking a bit silly but pretty good for what the film is. The horror was enjoyable and gave us a few decent kills, but most of the tension resulted from our lead characters running from the “Old Ones” and not so much the “Old Ones” devouring the race they plan to soon take over. Mr. Saine is equally responsible for the awesome “comic book” feel the piece brings with it, with him actually giving us animated scenes shown in comic book fashion on a few very enjoyable occasions.
Overall, The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu is a fun and kind of silly watch that is sure to please fans of Lovecraft’s work also looking for a comical experience regarding the infamous writer of long ago. You need not be familiar with Lovecraft to enjoy this piece, however without prior knowledge of his work you may find the tone and subject matter to not fit your tastes.