The 2005 silent film “Call of Cthulhu” finally came up in my Netflix queue earlier this week. It’s a wonderfully done little movie, by the way, in a 1920s style with some Caligari-esque sets, and the closest adaption of an HP Lovecraft story I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot of loosely-based-on-Lovecraft movies).
Among the extras was a making-of featurette, in which some the film’s crew talked about the film’s design. I was struck, however, by the way they all pronounced “R’lyeh”–sort of like “Ruh-LAY,” with a strong emphasis on the second syllable.
Now, whenever I’ve had reason to speak aloud the dread name of the antedeluvian sunken city where Cthulhu fhtagns, I’ve pronounced it more like “Rye-la.”
So I ask now out of general curiosity, how do you pronounce it?