This is a clip from The Last Lovecraft, a direct-to-DVD movie coming out next week that somehow I hadn’t heard of and nobody told me about until I saw it at Twitch earlier today. It’s a comedy-horror film about… hell, let me just copy and paste the synopsis:
Jeff, a down on his luck office worker finds out he is the last living
relative of horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft. What he doesn’t know is that
Lovecraft’s monsters are real and will soon threaten the very existence
of mankind. Jeff and his best friend Charlie are forced to embark on a
perilous adventure and they enlist the help of high school acquaintance,
Paul, a self proclaimed Lovecraft specialist. Together the three
unlikely heroes must protect an alien relic and prevent the release of
an ancient evil, known as Cthulhu.
Dudes. A comedy-horror flick about Cthulhu? Sign me up. Yeah, it looks and sounds like cheaper Shaun of the Dead clone, but there are worse movies to rip off. And I won’t deny the fishman getting suck on the car window made me laugh out loud. Give me a few moments like that and a few scares, and that’s all I need.
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