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As far as ancient, interdimensional deities go, Cthulhu isn’t much of a looker. With an octopus face, tentacled mouth, dragon wings, and scaly skin, it’s no wonder the Great Old One is so eager to wreak some serious havoc on a planet obsessed with self-image. The most infamous of all of H.P. Lovecraft’s nightmarish monsters, Cthulhu finally gets the big-screen treatment he deserves in the silent-movie-style flick The Call of Cthulhu. Using their self-coined “Mythoscope” process, H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society founding members Sean Branney and Andrew Leman mask their digital footage with an old-timey glow and flicker that is surprisingly effective. The addition of stock footage, an appropriately overacting cast, dialogue cards, and a crackling symphonic score yields a result that is faithful to the ’20s films it emulates—and more suitable to the subject matter than any big-budget blockbuster contemporary Hollywood could produce. The film plays at 8 p.m. at Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 528-4660. (Matthew Borlik)