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Episode 53 - Monsters (2010)

March 24th, 2022

Is Gareth Edwards' directorial debut Lovecraftian? Not in the slightest! Did the 6-person crew have a shooting script? Absolutely not! Do the effects, direction, and performances still hold up after 12 years? You betcha! 

Entirely improvised and largely featuring locals and non-professional actors, Monsters may leave Lovecraft fans yearning for more nihilism or existential madness, but the love story with monsters as window dressing is a testament to a filmmaker whose big budget studio offerings haven't served him as well. 

Jump to 15:18 to avoid a discussion on why The Book of Boba Fett is bad and to 29:18 if you have no interest in hearing about AEW Revolution. 
And be sure to listen to James' appearance on Disenfranchised Pod talking about Flash Gordon.

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Episode 52 - Interview with Abyssal Albion creator Thomas Campbell

February 23rd, 2022

Friend of the show, Thomas Campbell, returns to The Cast of Cthulhu to discuss his latest creative endeavor spawned from the pandemic, the indie Lovecraftian comic, Abyssal Albion. Half Lovecraftian horror and half The RoadAbyssal Albion is currently crowdfunding for its third issue, which you can support on Kickstarter. Want to get caught up on the horrors confronting the siblings navigating their way through a post-apocalyptic wasteland? The first two issues are also currently available to purchase as well.

Follow Tom on Twitter @Party_Lard and keep up with the comic @AbyssalAlbion.

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Episode 51 - Spiral/Uzumaki (2000)

February 11th, 2022

This week the boys chat about their peripheral interest in the Winter Olympics and their excitement about what's potentially going down in AEW* before getting into a discussion on Spiral, the film adaptation of Junji Ito's manga, Uzumaki

Skip ahead to 17:48 to avoid all the rasslin' talk and get straight to the discussion of madness brought about by geometric patterns. Written and filmed before the manga was complete, Spiral has too much in common with Dragon Ball Z, which similarly spun its wheels while waiting for the source material to catch up. Tonally weird, narratively disjointed, and very 2000s, Spiral nonetheless does conjure up some pretty creepy atmosphere and allusions to inescapable fate in ways that remind viewers of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Pulse and also Lovecraft's work. 

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Episode 50 - Conversation with Starfish Writer/Director Al White

January 25th, 2022

Since our Pateron now sleeps with dead Cthulhu in his house in R'lyeh, we can unleash this fresh madness onto the world. Recorded last summer and only previously available on the Patreon feed, we're releasing this conversation with Starfish writer/director, Al White, for the main feed's enjoyment!

This laid back and wide-ranging conversation touches on everything from COVID anxiety to anime that we discovered when we were too young to least favorite John Carpenter films to how the ending and emotional beats of Starfish fuck with the standard hero's journey. 

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Episode 49 - Dark City (1998)

January 12th, 2022

Well, it's our first episode of the new year and boy, do we have a kick ass guest to help ring in 2022! Stopping by to drop some knowledge on us about Mycenaean architecture and Lovecraftian horror is author, film critic, and desktop game designer, Josephine Maria Yanasak-LeszczynskiDark City may not seem like your standard Lovecraft-inspired genre film at first, but Josephine lays out the case for how it effectively the 1998 sci-fi/noir film incorporates Lovecraft's penchant for pulling from multiple sources and how it plays with the concept of cyclopean environments.

It's easy to forget that Dark City after came before The Matrix, seeing as how oddly similar the seminal and influential film from the Wachowskis was whereas Dark City was just kind of...forgotten (unless you're Roger Ebert). Sure, the city may be one of the most poorly thought out science experiments in the history of movies brought down by a half-baked Neo, but it was great to think that studios once spent money on weird, original ideas -- even if they did ultimately end up tinkering with them too much.

Follow Josephine on Twitter @JMYales and check out their website where you can find their prequel to "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "A Coven in Essex County."

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Episode 48 - At the Mountains of Madness Virtual Table Read!

December 22nd, 2021

Need some light in the Winter Solstice? Some merry for your Christmas? Some Guillermo del Toro for your life in general? Then The Cast of Cthulhu has the perfect gift for you! Joining Jim and James are a fantastic collection of writers, podcasters, and just all around awesome horror fans to present a virtual table reading of Guillermo del Toro's unproduced screenplay for At the Mountains of Madness adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft novella of the same name. Stick around afterwards for a discussion of the script and reactions to the news that del Toro may be revisiting & rewriting it in hopes of it being picked up by Netflix

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Happy Holidays from The Cast of Cthulhu!

Episode 47 - Dark Waters (1993)

November 27th, 2021

It's a bit of a shame that there's no James on this episode seeing as obscure foreign horror films are right up his alley, but we've got a Brian Muldoon from the Happy Harvest Horror Show to make up for it!

Who is Mariano Baino, the co-writer and director of the somewhat incoherent and possibly maybe blasphemous Dark Waters? Allegedly he's the "unholy hybrid of Bergman and Argento" according to, uh...him probably? Anyway, as evidenced by this film, he's clearly more interested in film as a visual medium than as a storytelling medium, leading to many haunting visuals, but many more "what the hell is happening?" moments.

Check out Happy Harvest Horror Show on Instagram.
And if you're curious, found out  more about Baino from his website that looks like it hasn't been updated since 2002.

Episode 46 - The Lighthouse (2019)

November 17th, 2021

After a long delay caused by the non-zero chance that the boys were marooned by weather in an eldritch beacon, the boys found someone who likes their lobster in Stephen Foxworthy, co-host of the Disenfranchised podcast! 2019 was a banger of a year for films - The Farewell, Parasite, Uncut Gems - and the fact that the claustrophobic, tense, paranoid, nightmare sophomore entry from Robert Eggers is included amongst conversation with those masterpieces is a testament to how firmly of a grasp the writer/director had on how to balance the Lovecraftian inspirations with his own unique story. It's a little bit of Greek mythology mixed with madness and just a touch of tentacles.

To read more about Eggers' Lovecraftian inspirations, read the full article referenced in this episode over at IGN.

And listen to Jim discuss National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 over at Disenfranchised.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Commentary

October 30th, 2021

After basically two months of tricks, boy do we have a treat for you! The Cast of Cthulhu presents its first ever commentary track: 1988's Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Watch along with the boys on Shudder, the perfect streaming service for the spooky season, as they poke fun of a mad Dr. Loomis' return to Haddonfield, sympathize with the innocent, bullied Jaime Lloyd, and anoint Rachel Carruthers the worthy heir to Laurie Strode. Is Halloween 4 the best sequel of the franchise? Hardly, but it's a hell of a lot better than Halloween Kills.

To listen to the Halloween 4 episode of Best Movies Never Made that was referenced in this commentary, be sure to listen to that here.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Dead Cast of Cthulhu Awaits Dreaming

September 10th, 2021

Quick episode here to update you on why there's been radio silence from CoC, the expected planned hiatus for September, and assurance that we'll be back in mid-October once things settle down. 

As CoC awaits dreaming in the depths of R'lyeh, just a reminder that we've got a few cool things on our Patreon including an interview with Al White, the writer and director of Starfish. Just $3 a month will get you access to that as well as a bunch of cool stuff that we're planning for the future when we rise again in time for Halloween.

Enjoy your September, everybody! See you in October!

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