While looking for something good to watch on Netflix I stumbled on a movie recently released on DVD called The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu. I wasn’t expecting much from a low budget independent horror film, but watching turned out to be a series of pleasant surprises. The first and biggest surprise was that my font Scurlock was featured as the font for the main opening title sequence. They screwed around with the “A” in the word “Last” but aside from that it looked good in a rather well designed graphic title sequence. They stuck with the original version of the font with small caps instead of lowercase, but the movie may have been made before the newer version was released. It would have been nice to see Scurlock on the DVD cover as well, but we can’t have everything.
That aside, the film was much better than I expected. It was a combination of humor and a decent story drawing on Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Basically masks and cheap special effects, but the performances were a lot better than I would have expected, the plot was simple but made sense and the creature effects were inexpensive but not cheesy. Both the opening and closing title sequences were very well done and there was a clever animated sequence in the early part of the movie which used a comic book to lay out the backstory of Cthulhu effectively without having to resort to special effects which would have been impossible to do on a limited budget. So long as you’re not someone offended by the idea of mixing Lovecraft with humor, this is really one of the better Lovecraft-based films to come out in recent years. Well worth a watch.
And for the record this is the third H. P. Lovecraft based film to use one of our fonts for the on-screen titles.