So, here's the blurb by Annie Wagner for Cthulhu from The Stranger:
"In this low-slung horror debut by local writing-directing team Grant Cogswell and Daniel Gildark, a Seattle professor returns to his hometown of Astoria to find that his father's cult has been cultivating a rather freaky relationship with the deep blue sea. The H. P. Lovecraft-derived story is pretty difficult to decipher, and the atmospherics tend to bubble and evaporate in the same scene. Still, fantastic locations and great art direction go a long way toward making up for the shaky choices you'd expect from first-time filmmakers. See it, if only for the priceless vision of Tori Spelling as a baby-hungry believer."
And this is a movie the Stranger suggests. A "must see" as it were. I find it hard to take this review seriously. I have yet to see the film, however, so of course I can't comment on it specifically. But, folks, please... if I ever get a hearty recommendation from the Stranger that says my movie is crap save for the art direction, please punch me.
Here's how I would rewrite this review:
"The story is incomprehensible, the acting is unremarkable, the directing is equally nondescript but dammit, if you're a fan of art direction this might make up for the rest of the film. You should definitely see it because it's got Tori Spelling in it!"