Cthulhu 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Cthulhu 2: Electric Boogaloo

Poster for Cthulhu 2: Electric Boogaloo. These rare posters are a collector's item, regularly selling at prices in excess of $10,000 despite the fact that they are said to be cursed, bringing madness and death into any house in which they hang.
Directed by John G. Avildsen
Produced by Jerry Weintraub
R.J. Louis
(executive producer)
Bud S. Smith
(associate producer)
Written by Robert Mark Kamen
(Based on an unfinished manuscript written by H.P. Lovecraft entitled "They Danced With Madness And Lost Everything.")
Starring Cthulhu
Man E. Stylez
Jenny Silk Champagne
Louie Anderson
Jessica Simpson
Wesley Snipes
(as the Thunder Twins)
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography James Crabe
Editing by John G. Avildsen
Walt Mulconery
Bud S. Smith
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) Template:Flagicon January 13th, 2006
Running time 113 min.
Country U.S.
Language English
Budget $20 million (estimated)
$115,925,858 (worldwide gross)
Preceded by Cthulhu Takes A Holiday And Madness Follows In His Wake


Cthulhu 2: Electric Boogaloo is a 2006 John G. Avildsen film starring Dread Lord Cthulhu and New York breakdancing legends Man E. Stylez and Jenny Silk Champagne. It is a comedy/drama movie and an underdog story much in the model of a previous Avildsen film, the 1976 boxing picture Rocky. The film had a simultaneous domestic and foreign release, and was a massive commercial hit in its opening weekend before being pulled from all theaters after four days when it was discovered that every one of the attending theatergoers had gone mad. Many of the audience attempted to commit suicide by gouging out their own eyes or gnawing off their own limbs, a reaction not seen since the release of Showgirls. While the film retains a popular following to this day, details of the plot are speculative since the original film and all backup prints, scripts and all human actors and actresses related to the film were burned, with the ashes dissolved in acid and then buried in a concealed crypt deep beneath Myskatonic University in Arkham, Rhode Island.

The film earned Dread Lord Cthulhu an Academy Award nomination and win for Best Actor, despite no living member of the academy having viewed the film, in a win that is generally regarded as a futile gesture of appeasement and submission. A member of the Cthulhu Cult accepted the award, saying that "The Lord Cthulhu is amused by your pathetic statuette. Because you worthless mortals have amused him, the members of the Academy will have the honor of having their souls devoured first when Cthulhu rises from the depths, which will minimize their suffering". The award itself was dropped from a Yamato-class Japanese battlecruiser into the Antarctic Ocean in March of 2007, as Dread Lord Cthulhu did not attend the ceremony. However, Cthulhu 2: Electric Boogaloo failed to win Best Picture, which instead went to Martin Scorcese's "The Departed". Several days later, Scorcese spontaneously burst into flames and his smoldering remains then hatched into a swarm of black beetles.

Tagline[edit]

Sometimes, dreams really do come true. Nightmares, too.

Plot[edit]

While no complete synopsis of the film exists, some aspects of the film have been pieced together from the mutterings of madmen, cryptic statements scrawled by the incoherent and unsound or sprawled on the walls of the movie theater by the film goers own blood, and a journal that director John G. Avildsen began to keep while making the film after the dailies began to leave him "profoundly disturbed, as if [his] mind is no longer [his] own, but the nest of some pagan deity hatching madness beneath [his] skull." Journal of John G. Avildsen, Aug. 18, 2006. Producer Jerry Weintraub is believed to be the last person alive with knowledge of the film, but he has not been seen since December, 2006, when he was spotted at night by a Vancouver, British Columbia family, pacing alongside their minivan with a pack of wolves before turning to disappear into the Canadian wilderness.

In the spring of 2006, Nell A. Carter High School in New York City received a transfer student, David L. Carter (Cthulhu). Jenny Littleton (Jenny Silk Champagne) and Manny Fischer (Man E. Stylez) are rival break-dancing team-captains competing for a $50,000 Coca-Cola Break-dancing Championship prize. Manny Fischer needs $25,000 to save his family's house, and Jenny Littleton needs $25,000 to get her sister, an aspiring violinist, into the Julliard School of Music. David L. Carter, son of a Navy Captain and promising break-dancer, has the skills that just might give either team the edge.

Each team's captain tries to recruit David, at first with comically disastrous results. At one point, a minor break-dancing "fight" between two street gangs, the Harlem Hustlers and the Columbia NoPreps, is witnessed by David L. Carter and new female friend and romantic interest Beth Gracie (Jessica Simpson). It is unclear what happens next in the film. Some survivors described the streets of New York suddenly "melting into a non-Euclidean topography that can not be! CAN NOT BE!" while others simply suggested that David L. Carter's character released swarms and swarms of black bees from folds of skin in his neck, until trillions of insects blotted out the sun, stinging until the streets of mid-town Manhattan were choked with the corpses of panicked citizens hurling themselves into each other, brownstone buildings and automobiles in a vain effort to dislodge the bees. One man, now confined to Arkham's crowded lunatic asylum, said that it was like gazing into a vast black abyss filled with abominable knowledge and dark secrets of existence not meant to be known, the swarms of which clawed at his brain like a thousand starving rats. He also said that he felt that the romantic subplot detracted from the film.

Cast[edit]

  • Dread Lord Cthulhu as David L. Carter
  • Man E. Stylez as Manny Fischer
  • Jenny Silk Champagne as Jenny Littleton
  • Jessica Simpson as Beth Gracie
  • Wesley Snipes as The Thunder Twins
  • Louie Anderson as Mr. Westmorland
  • Tilda Swinton as The Mysterious Dancer X (uncredited)
  • Pat E. Johnson as Referee

It has been reported that the role of David L. Carter was originally to be played by Freddy Prinze Jr. but that he turned down the role when, while reviewing the script, his sister Emily Prinze vanished and was replaced by a three foot tall hobgoblin. The hobgoblin claimed to be Freddy Prinze Jr.'s "new sister" and revealed that the real Emily Prinze was trapped inside one of Corbin Bernsen's collectable snowglobes as a "reward" for "starring in this important film." This is now widely believed to have been orchestrated by Dread Lord Cthulhu, The Sleeping God. A similar scheme was employed by Burt Reynolds to land the lead role in the film Cannonball Run, originally starring Ned Beatty.

Impact[edit]

Cthulhu 2: Electric Boogaloo spawned a franchise of related items and memorabilia, such as action figures, T-shirts, and the video game Cthulhu 2: Electric Boogallo: The Game! A television series featuring the film's cast was scheduled to air during the summer of 2007 but was pulled by NBC when focus-group feedback universally described the pilot as "disturbing" and "unnatural." The film itself is most remembered for sending close to 100 million people globally into absolute, irrevocable madness. Despite this, the movie retains a cult following, with Cthulhu cultists sacrificing young virgins at midnight showings of the movie.

Music[edit]

A training montage with David L. Carter and Beth Gracie featured the song Radar Love by Golden Earring, helping to revive the band's career. This montage was later parodied by the late Weird Al Yankovich in his song Scooby Dooby Cthulhu.

Awards[edit]

  • Academy Awards
    • Won: Academy Award for Best Actor|Best Actor (Dread Lord Cthulhu)
  • Golden Globe Awards
    • Won: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture (Dread Lord Cthulhu)
    • Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture (Jessica Simpson)
  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers (100 Most Influential Movies) - #1

References in popular culture[edit]

Perhaps the largest impact of the film was the introduction of the catchphrase "My brain! Get it out of my brain!" into popular culture, often accompanied by mock eye-clawing, or more frequently, by actual attempts to remove one's eyes from their sockets.

Trivia[edit]

  • The net economic impact of the film has been estimated to be a global loss of nearly $100 trillion (as well as helping to topple the governments of nearly twenty countries), making it the most expensive movie ever made.
  • The climactic final breakdancing scene between the students of Nell A. Carter High School and the members of the Russian Mafia was not actually filmed at Niagra Falls, but at a studio lot in Irvine, California.
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