YMMV: The Call of Cthulhu

  • Narm:
    • While the colorful and vividly grotesque descriptions of various nightmares, alien cities and otherworldly horrors are indeed powerful, it loses a bit of its punch when we see the narrator describe almost every non-caucasian in the exact same way.
    • There's this great buildup describing Cthulhu, the grotesque Eldritch Horror... that "flopped" onto the beach. Flop. While Cthulhu is terrifying the word choice evokes laughter.
    • Also that the great Cthulhu was thwarted by a boat to the head.
    • Lovecraft describes Cthulhu emerging under a "gibbous sky", a phrase that makes no sense whatsoever, since "gibbous" is the moon phase between half and full.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The cult still lives, and now you know too much
  • Values Dissonance: The non-white cultists are described in terms that make them sound more like savage animals then human beings. Whether or not Lovecraft actually was a racist is a matter of some debate , but his depiction of the cultists isn't much different than, say, D.W. Griffith's perception of "The Negro."