Instant Gratification Quick Takes: July 15, 2011

Highlighting odd and off-beat new releases to watch instantly on Netflix

New for July 15, 2011

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu (2009), directed by Henry Saine, with Kyle Davis, Devin McGinn, Matt Bauer, Honor Bliss, Sujata Day, Todd Duffey, Edward Flores, Marty Fortney, Ethan Wilde and Jessica Kinney – From the trailers, this looks like a Shaun of the Dead-style horror comedy, but it might just be a Shaun of the Dead rip-off. I can’t tell which it is, but I do know that the special effects looked kind of cool. Also, it’s not about zombies — and that’s good too, because I’m sick of zombies. This is filmmaker Henry Saine’s only directing credit aside from short films.

Here’s a story I’ve imagined in my mind. According to IMDb, Saine has been a graphic artist for a whole slew of well-known television sitcoms — everything from Spin City to The Office. Of course, what Saine really wants to do is direct. So one day, he meets Devin McGinn, a minor-league television actor with a dream. What McGinn really wants to do is write — and not just write anything. He wants to write screenplays. McGinn even has written a full-length screenplay, sort of a Shaun of the Dead rip–er… homage called The Last Lovecraft. Actually, the full title is Devin McGinn’s The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu, but they wind up leaving off the “Devin McGinn” part, because no one knows who the fuck Devin McGinn is. McGinn also serves as producer.

So, they get the movie made, with McGinn playing one of the lead roles — the best friend of a man who discovers that he’s the last descendant of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.

The film plays at various film festivals including Slamdance. Eventually, the movie finds a distributor who gives it a brief, limited theatrical run before shipping it off to DVD. Two years later it winds up on Netflix, at which point some smart-ass self-appointed film critic bad-mouths it without even having seen it.

As least it’s not about zombies.

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