Pirates of the Caribbean (2003 franchise)

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"The Caribbean: over 3000 islands of paradise; for some it's a blessing, for others it's a curse!" This fantasy film series follows the weird adventures of eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow and his friends as they travel to strange places and fight undead pirates, tentacle-monsters, ghost ships, cursed treasures, and sea-demons including Davy Jones himself. As of 2018 there were 5 films made for the series, a sixth planned, countless multi-media tie-in products/spinoffs/etc. added to the franchise, and a reboot under discussion.


Promotional image for Pirates of the Caribbean (2003 franchise)...
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Adventure
  • Setting: The Caribbean Sea, 1750s
  • Runtime: many, many hours
  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, etc.
  • Director: Gore Verbinski etc.
  • Writers: Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio
  • Producer/Production Co: Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • Wikipedia: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (2003), (2006), (2007), (2011), (2017), (?)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG-13 (Violence, mild Profanity and Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

The series definitely draws on a weird/pulp tradition, but generally not a very Lovecraftian version; the films sometimes get mentioned as "Lovecraftian" films, apparently for the presence of tentacled sea monsters alone, though other elements might be said to be vaguely Lovecraftian as well.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

  • "Tales of the Code: Wedlocked" - A short film made in 2011 serving as a prequel to the series.
  • The Curse of the Black Pearl - Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.
  • Dead Man's Chest - Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.
  • At World's End - Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.
  • On Stranger Tides - Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales - Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

Keeper Notes

  • The BRP system and Call of Cthulhu game (perhaps the "Gaslight" or even "Dreamlands" setting) might be an excellent place to start on a home-brew adaptation of the film's setting to an RPG....