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" down the city stairs in pursuit of the sailors. Yes, flopped. While Cthulhu is terrifying, the word choice evokes laughter.
    • Also, the great Cthulhu was literally thwarted by a boat to the head. ...Admittedly this is with a ton of buildup and it only works for about ten seconds before he starts regenerating.
    • 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 than human beings. Lovecraft's depiction of the cultists isn't much different than, say, D.W. Griffith's perception of "The Negro."