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"The Collect Call of Cathulhu"

Production #76028
Season 1-Syndicated, Episode 28

Aired: Tuesday October 27, 1987
in Syndication

Writer: Michael Reaves

Synopsis: The Necronomicon (a rare book of spells) is stolen from the Public Library and a cult is trying to awaken Cathulhu, one of the great Old Ones.

Guest Stars
  • Jodi Carlisle [Candy, Alice]

Regular Cast Incidentals
  • Arsenio Hall [Watchman, Mr. Howard]
  • Maurice LaMarche [Klein, Cult Leader]
  • Frank Welker [Punk, Ashton]

Fun Facts
  • The script for this episode can be found on The Real Ghostbusters Scripts page.
  • Title Reference: "The Call of Cthulhu" is a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, which was first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in February 1928. A "collect call" is one in which the caller goes through the operator in order to get the person being called to pay for the cost of the phone call.
  • The voice actors were recorded on July 30, 1986.
  • The title on the episode call sheet was "The Collect Call of Cthulhu".
  • The characters Clark Ashton, Ted Kline, Alice Derleth, Wagner, and Mr. Howard are named after the authors with whom H.P. Lovecraft corresponded.
  • The spell that Alice chants to turn the Shoggoth into stone - "Duppira al-kushni, askupati ani kalatum!" - was first uttered in the Dungeons & Dragons episode "Day of the Dungeon Master" also written by Michael Reaves. More information, as well and the related video clips, can be found on this page.


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