In case the inauguration wasn’t enough to cause permanent SAN loss, the good folks over at Cyanide Studios have released another trailer for Call of Cthulhu:
which delves into the terrible nightmare world of … the visual arts?
What is it with horror and painters? Just last autumn, jonesing for a horror video game to get into the proper Halloween mood, I picked up Layers of Fear during one of Steams “F Your Budget” sales, and it looks like CoC and LoF both went shopping at the same trope store. You’ve got
Insane painters. I guess it’s a stressful art. Makes no sense to me. Back in school, the kids who could draw were always super popular, while us poet types were forced to hang around with the shady, disreputable band kids. Insane poets, now; that I could understand. Insane mathematicians? Hell, it’s practically a job requirement. But insane drawer-ers? Nope.
Creepy paintings. Obviously. What other kind would insane artists paint?
Actually, I think an insane artist should paint only happy pastels, maybe with bunnies and flowers. That would be awesome. And by awesome, I mean “pants wetting terrifying.”
Fire. Because you’ve got to do something with all the creepy paintings would couldn’t offload on eBay. Also because what would be the fun in wandering around a perfectly structurally sound house with running water and working electricity?
Skewed visual perspective. We should have seen this one coming, but we couldn’t because the angles were wrong. Ha ha! Narf! But seriously, while it makes sense for Call of Cthulhu, I’m not sure why a schizophrenic painter would acid wash his eyesight. I mean, I have anxiety disorder, and my most hellish nights are usually when I see things for what they really are. But I guess a two hour video game that consisted of staring at a barren room while you tried to calm your breathing would be bordering on postmodernism. So F that.
But the part that really got me was the line about “dozens of dead whales. With … lacerations.” If nothing else, the smell is going to be abominable.
Also, we get this guy:
who … okay, who’s with me? This guy needs to be in the next Star Wars movie.
We still don’t know much about the plot, although I’m willing to guess it doesn’t end well for the hero. You play Private Detective Edward Pierce, who is hired to unravel the mysterious doings on a small New England island (I assume it’s New England; it is HPL) only to find, as with all good horror, that he has become trapped within the story. And worse, that this may have been his fate all along. Toward the end of the trailer, a mysterious voice describes dreams of a “lightless city,” and then asks Pierce:
“Have you had those dreams as well?”
“Is that the one with all the noodles? Wait – you mean you had the Noodle Dream too?!?”
“Those aren’t noodles, Mr. Pierce. They’re tentacles.”