A difficult film to rate. On almost every technical and artistic level, I find it hard to deny that is is quite an achievement. The major exception being the quite terribly done and distracting cgi cold-weather breath. It was as if the FX department had never been away from Southern California and had never actually seen their breath before. Out side of that, technically it is a 4 or even 4 1/2 star film.
On the other hand, the entire…
You gotta admire what these motivated Lovecraft-geeks have done here, and with their prior silent adaptation of "The Call of Cthulhu". Both films are shot on the double cheap in the true, modern guerilla-filmmaking spirit. They are also the most faithful Lovecraft adaptations ever produced.
In the entry for The General in Jim Kline's fabulous The Complete Films of Buster Keaton he wrote the following...
"If someone wanted to know just who the real Buster Keaton was, what kind of personality he had, what he was really like as a flesh-and-blood human being, one need only watch The General... it is Keaton's most personal film, embodying his personality, his essence, his spirit, more than any one he ever made, more than any interview he ever…