Indie Review: Call Girl of Cthulhu

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With Call Girl of Cthulhu, Chris LaMartina has officially mastered the art of constructing a successful horror-comedy on a shoestring budget. The Baltimore, MD-based indie filmmaker showed great promise with his early work - including the slasher throwback President’s Day and his recent found footage hit WNUF Halloween Special - but his potential has been fully realized with his latest foray into do-it-yourself filmmaking.

Along with refining his craft, Call Girl of Cthulhu’s impressive scope makes it the most ambitious feature of LaMartina’s career. It’s also his best looking effort; the direction is smart, the editing is clever and the cinematography is top-notch. Furthermore, the wonderful practical creature effects, along with copious gore and nudity, amplify the production value to appear much higher than the average movie in this budget range.

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We usually associate the terrifying and tentacular creations of H. P. Lovecraft with an imaginary (we hope, oh how we hope) version of New England. Weird and terrible things are afoot throughout Lovecraft Country. But today we learned about another place where Cthulhu’s worshippers gather to chant “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”, possibly with margaritas in hand, while sitting on the laps of some of the strangest sculptures we’ve ever seen.

Down in sunny Puerto Vallarta, on the boardwalk overlooking the beautiful waters of the Bahía de Banderas, stands a fantastically odd and distinctly Lovecraftian sculptural installation entitled La Rotunda del Mar (The Circle of the Sea), created in 1997 by Mexican artist Alejandro Colunga.

PVPulse.com describes it as “….a number of high-backed bronze chairs that mix fantastic human features and nautical imagery – one chair is topped with an octopus, others are humans with an old diving helmet and what looks to be a periscope. Facing all of the chairs is a bench with two giant human ears.”

This is one of the strangest sights we’ve ever seen and we love it. Head over to Guttersnipe Media for additional images of these extraordinarily bizarre and eldritch sculptures.

First two photos by Shawn Haskell, bottom photo by Deslumbra, remaining photos by Preston.

[via Wired and Guttersnipe Media]

Cthulhu fhtagn.