The Call of Cthulhu film screening with live original synth rescore by Magic Pockets (Ruadhan O'Meara)
Dir. Andrew Lenman, 2005, 47mins (silent)
Fri. 1 Nov., 8pm, €10 adv. / €8 / €6 (conc.)
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
- H.P. Lovecraft
H.P. Lovecraft’s 1926 tale The Call of Cthulu is one of the all time celebrated horror tales, outlining a narrator’s descent into madness whilst investigating a mysterious cult who worships an immense and all-powerful ancient God. The classic story of overwhelming cosmic doom looms large in its influence on horror, music (particularly heavy metal) and popular culture in general.
Adam Lenman and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s 2005 adaptation of the text remains one of the most lauded and faithful silent adaptations of Lovecraft’s source material. A love letter to the original works of the horror master, the film was painstakingly crafted using “Mythoscope”, a blending of vintage and modern filming techniques, which evokes the look and feel of the expressionist horror of the 1920s. This unorthodox work is one of the truest visions of Lovecraft’s world, capturing the original’s tone of creeping dread and terror of the unknown. The attention to period detail and practical effects of the era, creates a feverish and fun journey through one of the all-time classic horror tales for Lovecraft devotees and cinema fans alike.
Magic Pockets (Ruadhan O'Meara of No Spill Blood) will accompany the screening with a live original score, employing an arsenal of analog synthesizers, sampled sounds and tape manipulations. This one off event will be performed in the surrounds of The Model with a selection of ghoulish short films screened prior to the performance, promising a wicked Halloween treat for cinephiles and music lovers alike.
“The Call of Cthulhu is a rare homage to the silent era that delivers the mood and atmosphere with near perfection.” - Film Threat
Tickets can be bought directly from The Model online or by calling their box office (071) 914 1405.