History Literature / TheCallOfCthulhu

8th Sep '17 5:28:20 PM PaulA
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Adapted in 2005 into a film by the Creator/HPLovecraftHistoricalSociety. There are also at least two radio adaptations; one by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, and the other by Radio/DarkAdventureRadioTheatre. Dramatically read by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwgXhUWt3Q Chilling Tales for Dark Nights]].

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[[Film/TheCallOfCthulhu Adapted in 2005 into a film film]] by the Creator/HPLovecraftHistoricalSociety. There are also at least two radio adaptations; one by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, and the other by Radio/DarkAdventureRadioTheatre. Dramatically read by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwgXhUWt3Q Chilling Tales for Dark Nights]].



* AlienGeometries: R'lyeh is said to defy any known dimensions, to the point where the sailors can't tell if a door is supposed to be a conventional door that opens horizontally, or a trapdoor that opens vertically, and a sailor is killed by Cthulhu when he fails to get past a corner which appears to be acute but acts as if it was obtuse. This is downplayed in the movie due to the low-budget 1920s style, though strongly alluded to with frequent shots of strange angles.

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* AlienGeometries: R'lyeh is said to defy any known dimensions, to the point where the sailors can't tell if a door is supposed to be a conventional door that opens horizontally, or a trapdoor that opens vertically, and a sailor is killed by Cthulhu when he fails to get past a corner which appears to be acute but acts as if it was obtuse. This is downplayed in the movie due to the low-budget 1920s style, though strongly alluded to with frequent shots of strange angles.



* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Inspector Legrasse]] in the 2005 film, though his death happens off-screen and is only referred to at the end. Also [[spoiler: Captain Collins ''did'' die in the book, but he was killed in the battle for ''Alert''. In the movie the crewmen simply find the derelict ship abandoned at sea, meaning that Collins instead dies by the hand of Cthulhu himself]].
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Invoked in the film in keeping with the style of 1920s cinema.
* TheDeterminator: Inspector Legrasse, otherwise described in the story as a very mundane man and police officer, is so impressed with the cult's monstrosity that he invests a lot of time, energy and money to discover what lies behind it. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the 2005 film, when he says to the archaeologists the investigation turned into his own personal crusade.

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* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Inspector Legrasse]] in the 2005 film, though his death happens off-screen and is only referred to at the end. Also [[spoiler: Captain Collins ''did'' die in the book, but he was killed in the battle for ''Alert''. In the movie the crewmen simply find the derelict ship abandoned at sea, meaning that Collins instead dies by the hand of Cthulhu himself]].
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Invoked in the film in keeping with the style of 1920s cinema.
* TheDeterminator: Inspector Legrasse, otherwise described in the story as a very mundane man and police officer, is so impressed with the cult's monstrosity that he invests a lot of time, energy and money to discover what lies behind it. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the 2005 film, when he says to the archaeologists the investigation turned into his own personal crusade.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The narrator finally understands what is really going on, but he also realizes that both the cult and Cthulhu himself are still alive, and realizes to his horror that he may die very soon. The movie expands on this by showing him to be institutionalized, and the implication that his psychiatrist will soon follow the same path]].

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The narrator finally understands what is really going on, but he also realizes that both the cult and Cthulhu himself are still alive, and realizes to his horror that he may die very soon. The movie expands on this by showing him to be institutionalized, and the implication that his psychiatrist will soon follow the same path]].soon]].



** This also happens to Thurston in the 2005 film.



* ReligionOfEvil: The Cthulhu Cult is built up as such. In the 2005 film one of a swamp family even mentions that they normally don't want to associate themselves with the police, but are willing to do so at this point because of them.

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* ReligionOfEvil: The Cthulhu Cult is built up as such. In the 2005 film one of a swamp family even mentions that they normally don't want to associate themselves with the police, but are willing to do so at this point because of them.



* SparedByAdaptation: [[spoiler: The narrator]] in the 2005 film. [[spoiler: Though the final scene implies that he won't last much longer]].
8th Sep '17 5:05:16 PM PaulA
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* AdaptationExpansion: The Dark Adventure Radio Theater version adds a framing device about two police officers who investigate Thurston's death.



* CompositeCharacter: The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company's adaptation has Thurston playing the role originally played by Gustaf Johansen.



** [[spoiler: Castro]] in the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company adaptation.



* GenderFlip: Castro in the Atlanta Radio Theater Company Adaptation. The nickname is changed from "Old Castro" to "Mother Castro".


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!!The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company's adaptation adds examples of:

* CompositeCharacter: Thurston plays the role in the story originally played by Gustaf Johansen.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Castro]].
* GenderFlip: Castro. The nickname is changed from "Old Castro" to "Mother Castro".

!!The ''Dark Adventure Radio Theatre'' adaptation adds examples of

* AdaptationExpansion: This version adds a FramingDevice about two police officers who investigate Thurston's death.
7th Sep '17 2:13:24 AM PaulA
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Adapted in 2005 into a film by the Creator/HPLovecraftHistoricalSociety. There are also at least two radio adaptations; one by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, and the other by Creator/DarkAdventureRadioTheatre. Dramatically read by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwgXhUWt3Q Chilling Tales for Dark Nights]].

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Adapted in 2005 into a film by the Creator/HPLovecraftHistoricalSociety. There are also at least two radio adaptations; one by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, and the other by Creator/DarkAdventureRadioTheatre.Radio/DarkAdventureRadioTheatre. Dramatically read by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwgXhUWt3Q Chilling Tales for Dark Nights]].
7th Sep '17 2:13:10 AM PaulA
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Adapted in 2005 into a film by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. There are also at least two radio adaptations; one by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, and the other by Dark Adventure Radio Theater. Dramatically read by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwgXhUWt3Q Chilling Tales for Dark Nights]].

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Adapted in 2005 into a film by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Creator/HPLovecraftHistoricalSociety. There are also at least two radio adaptations; one by the Atlanta Radio Theater Company, and the other by Dark Adventure Radio Theater.Creator/DarkAdventureRadioTheatre. Dramatically read by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwgXhUWt3Q Chilling Tales for Dark Nights]].
4th Sep '17 12:26:27 AM PaulA
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* BadassNormal: Johanssen, the only survivor of the ''Emma'', the whaling crew that stumbled across R'lyeh and met a very horrible end. Not only was Johanssen able to retain his sanity despite facing Cthulhu himself, he managed to ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu ram him with a ship]]'', which disrupted him long enough for the ship to get away. He is possibly the only human to have ever encountered the dread Cthulhu and lived to tell the tale.



* OctopoidAliens: Cthulhu has a face that resembles an octopus, albeit crossed with a human skull.



* SealedEvilInACan: Cthulhu.
* ShoutOut: "The Call of Cthulhu" features a Scandinavian sailor whose hair turns white after a terrifying incident at sea, much like the protagonist in Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's "A Descent into the Maelström".



* TheUnpronounceable: "Cthulhu" is an approximation of an alien language, that humanity lacks the necessary body components to pronounce.

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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: When the sailors accidentally release Cthulhu himself. Two die of fright on the spot, three more are "swept up by the flabby claws before anyone turned," and another is swallowed up by "by an angle of masonry which shouldn't have been there; an angle which was acute, but behaved as if it were obtuse."
* TheTamingOfTheGrue: You can buy Cthulhu plush toys, and there's a [[spoiler:meme]] with a Cthulhu carrying a bouquet of roses captioned "Cthulhu needs love too!" The video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kQuMVffbWA Adventures of Li'l Cthulhu,]] the games "The Stars Are Right", "Munchkin Cthulhu", etc. [[PlayedForLaughs plays being driven insane by the touch of the Elder Things]] [[DudeNotFunny for laughs.]] There is now an entire line (several, in fact) of ''children's books'' introducing the unspeakably eldritch horrors. People are doing Creator/DrSeuss versions of HPL's most famous stories.
* ToCreateAPlaygroundForEvil: The cult seems to have aspects of this:
-->Then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.
* TheUnpronounceable: "Cthulhu" is an approximation of an alien language, that humanity lacks the necessary body components to pronounce.
13th Jun '17 11:34:08 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationDistillation: [[WordOfGod Lovecraft himself]] [[http://lovecraftzine.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/hpl-cthulhu.jpg sketched Cthulhu in 1937]] with at least six eyes. Nearly all illustrators have given it two eyes, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman to allow facial expressions readable by humans]]. So we have [[http://matthershberger.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/cthulhu_rising_by_somniturne1.jpg aggressive Cthulhus]], [[http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120716045812/deadliestfiction/images/2/24/Cthulhu-rlyeh-rising.jpg furious Cthulhus]], [[http://api.ning.com/files/xXHg*Lq*7d6QiToU9u3T0T09vMs2-nBEYXXTGkRKtjNpA0iJXxIoH*tpTktfDbqx5EqtoPBGL9xrLe9Z95OfGuYDLXFYjeWs/MichaelDashawCthulhuBoss.jpg comic Cthulhus]], but in the author's view the entity had no understandable expression and [[EldritchAbomination it's completely alien]].

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* AdaptationDistillation: [[WordOfGod Lovecraft himself]] [[http://lovecraftzine.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/hpl-cthulhu.jpg sketched Cthulhu in 1937]] with at least [[ExtraEyes six eyes.eyes]]. Nearly all illustrators have given it two eyes, [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman to allow facial expressions readable by humans]]. So we have [[http://matthershberger.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/cthulhu_rising_by_somniturne1.jpg aggressive Cthulhus]], [[http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120716045812/deadliestfiction/images/2/24/Cthulhu-rlyeh-rising.jpg furious Cthulhus]], [[http://api.ning.com/files/xXHg*Lq*7d6QiToU9u3T0T09vMs2-nBEYXXTGkRKtjNpA0iJXxIoH*tpTktfDbqx5EqtoPBGL9xrLe9Z95OfGuYDLXFYjeWs/MichaelDashawCthulhuBoss.jpg comic Cthulhus]], but in the author's view the entity had no understandable expression and [[EldritchAbomination it's completely alien]].
30th May '17 6:18:20 PM Stellarvore
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* ActionSurvivor: Johansen manages to escape from R'lyeh while his crewmates are unable to navigate its geometry and fall to their deaths, gets back to his ship, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu rams Cthulhu himself ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu head on]].''

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* ActionSurvivor: Johansen manages to escape from R'lyeh while his crewmates are unable to navigate its geometry and fall to their deaths, gets back to his ship, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu rams Cthulhu himself himself]] ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu head on]].''
30th May '17 6:13:31 PM Stellarvore
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* ActionSurvivor: Johansen manages to escape from R'lyeh while his crewmates are unable to navigate its geometry and fall to their deaths, gets back to his ship, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu rams Cthulhu himself ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhuhead on]].''

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* ActionSurvivor: Johansen manages to escape from R'lyeh while his crewmates are unable to navigate its geometry and fall to their deaths, gets back to his ship, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu rams Cthulhu himself ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhuhead ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu head on]].''



* DownerEnding [[spoiler:The narrator finally understands what is really going on, but he also realizes that both the cult and Cthulhu himself are still alive, and realizes to his horror that he may die very soon. The movie expands on this by showing him to be institutionalized, and the implication that his psychiatrist will soon follow the same path]].

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* DownerEnding DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The narrator finally understands what is really going on, but he also realizes that both the cult and Cthulhu himself are still alive, and realizes to his horror that he may die very soon. The movie expands on this by showing him to be institutionalized, and the implication that his psychiatrist will soon follow the same path]].
27th May '17 8:28:07 PM Stellarvore
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* ActionSurvivor: Johansen manages to escape from R'lyeh while his crewmates are unable to navigate its geometry and fall to their deaths, gets back to his ship, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu rams Cthulhu himself ''head on'']].

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* ActionSurvivor: Johansen manages to escape from R'lyeh while his crewmates are unable to navigate its geometry and fall to their deaths, gets back to his ship, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu rams Cthulhu himself ''head on'']].''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhuhead on]].''
26th Feb '17 12:25:43 AM DaNuke
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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Johansen successfully prevents Cthulhu from ending the world [[spoiler:though at the cost of his sanity and soon after his life]].

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Johansen successfully prevents literally punches out Cthulhu [[RammingAlwaysWorks with his ship]], preventing it from ending the world [[spoiler:though at the cost of his sanity and soon after his life]].
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