You don’t have to be an H.P. Lovecraft fan to enjoy this horror/comedy, but there’s plenty of tidbits for aficionados.
Imagine if H.P Lovecraft’s stories about the Cthulhu Mythos weren’t just stories, but were instead Lovecraft’s visions of the future. Now imagine a descendent of Lovecraft was charged with protecting an artifact that could bring Cthulhu back. Then, picture this descendent flanked by two major dorks, one charismatic and witty, the other introverted but generally likeable. Lastly, toss in some fan-service shots of Deep Ones along with some references to Lovecraft’s non-Cthulhu work. That’s The Last Lovecraft in a nutshell.
As a fan of Lovecraft’s work, I was impressed with how well the filmmakers represented portions of his writing. The various Deep Ones in the film are presented with a solid mix of mid-grade CGI and mid-grade practical effects. They’ll bring a smile to your face more than they’ll terrify you, but they’re still some of the best looking Deep Ones I’ve seen, ESPECIALLY the crazy thing that attaches itself to the window of a Mini Cooper. There’s an animated sequence a third of the way through the film that’s done in a comic book style that provides some great (and often humorous) visuals, and also serves as a general overview of the Cthulhu mythos for viewers who aren’t familiar with it. Likewise, there are some awesome figures and posters in the backgrounds of multiple scenes that any Cthulhu fan will recognize, although Arkham Horror was strangely absent (unless we just plain missed it, which is entirely possible.)
I’m not sure how much of the dialogue was scripted, but it ranges from bad to hilarious. The chemistry between the characters feels genuine and natural, which, depending on the scene, either helps and hinders the dialogue: back-and-forth insults and banter are funny and well-acted, but the more mundane and day-to-day interactions come across as wooden when compared to the more playful moments. Despite this, the script works well enough for a film that doesn’t take itself seriously, and there are even some one-liners that’ll likely end up being used amongst our circle of friends.
There isn’t much more to say about this one…it’s an entertaining indie horror/comedy with decent special effects and some occasionally great dialogue. Even if you aren’t into or know anything about the Cthulhu mythos, I’d still recommend checking this one out. It’s on Netflix Instant, and can be found at Best Buy and Amazon.