A few years ago in Dunwich a half-witted girl bore illegitimate twins. One of them was almost human!
A university student is pursued by a man with a demonic secret.
A university student is pursued by a man with a demonic secret.
Daily Horror Scavenger Hunt 2 – August 2018 (boxd.it/1T3jA )
Day 20: On August 20, 1890 HP Lovecraft was born. Let's watch a movie based on his writings.
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So I hate to admit it but I've barely read anything from H.P. Lovecraft. I think I read part of a book of short stories or something but never really gave him a chance. I like what I hear about his mythology though so maybe one of these days...Especially after watching a cool ass movie like this one. I don't know how close it is to the source material, but the essence of the movie has me interested in checking out more Lovecraftian tales. It's a totally slow burn…
"It's just history." -Wilbur,
DAILY HORROR SCAVENGER HUNT 2 (August 2018): boxd.it/1T4hU
DAY TWENTY: "On August 20,1890 HP Lovecraft was born. Let's watch a movie based on his writings."
I love Lovecraft, I love horror, I love melodrama, and I love early 70s genre films, so the Dunwich Horror basically punched me in the mind and when I came to I was happy.
A woman is drawn to a strange man and stuff begins to happen. Who is this guy? And who is that guy? Why does she like him? Wait, is he the devil? Why does he want her? Wait what? Wait what the fuck? Hahaha..what? These are all questions that will be answered when you watch this groovy…
The Dunwich Horror was so monotone in speech/sound and story that it was the equivalent of a sleep-aid, with the repetitive music acting as a lullaby. The cast had about as much personality and vibrant life as a corpse. H.P. Lovecraft is masterful in otherworldly, unspeakable horrors and it is quite unfortunate that this adaptation did very little in way of conveying that.
There were a few scenes of visual pleasantries but they were overshadowed by the incredibly dull atmosphere.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to bed, this movie took me from awake and intrigued to unable to keep my eyes open and I don't think that was the intention. The Dunwich Horror commits one of the worst crimes in film; in that it's just downright boring.
This wasn’t like super awesome or anything but I’ve been very hungover today and this was just my speed. Sandra Dee is always a plus
Gidget meets Lovecraft. A psychedelic, surreal adaptation produced by Corman and AIP. It feels a bit like a long lost "Night Gallery" episode especially with old character actors like Ed Begley and Sam Jaffe in it.
Dean Stockwell is well cast as creepy Wilbur Whateley who wants to open up the gates for "The Old Ones" using the virginal Sandra Dee.
I was surprised this delved so deeply into Lovecraftian lore- freely mentioning terms like Necronomicon and Yog Sothoth (which I always pronounce in my head with a silent "h" in the middle but Stockwell says it again and again with a lispy "th" sound).
I liked the creepy atmosphere, and the music throughout. The title sequence with the animation…
For a gothic horror film made in 1969, this is admirably uncreaky, at first anyway. Sandra Dee is convincing as a cute Miskatonic University student who accidentally-on-purpose finds herself spending the night at the home of Wilbur, a strange but apparently gentle young man from nearby Dunwich, played by Dean Stockwell with some intensity and a silly stick-on moustache.
That 'tache leads us to Wilbur's grandfather, who has mad old man's hair and silly eyebrows, along with his fear of Wilbur's fascination with the Necronomicon, and the introduction of increasingly bad sets such as the one featuring ancient ruins against a studio backdrop sky.
... And we're into cheesy Hammer-style horror territory. It's disappointing, because the scenes between Dee and…
Vaguely disappointing for me. Admittedly the material has such a silly attachment for me - in film school, I wrote a treatment and first draft screenplay for a genre-bending adaptation of Lovecraft's short story and it's one of the few things from film school I keep hold of - but I also had really expected at least a lot more of Dean Stockwell's performance as Wilbur Whateley than the restraint he gave.
At some point, what tries to pass on as hypnotic turns tedious for me with this film, even in the interesting attempt to disguise California as New England. It does pick up as it reaches towards its climax, enough to push this from what was originally a 2 1/2 star to 3 stars. But even outside of the charming chintziness of the main beast, the aesthetic decisions to heighten the climax feel more borrowed from AIP's Poe phase than anything individual in identity.
Psychedelic horror movie with Sandra Dee. Based on a H.P. Lovecraft story.
Mustached Dean Stockwell is one of the creepiest things.
Video review: youtu.be/NMZ1wVhkqgg
First off, this film is adapted from my absolute favorite HP Lovecraft story. It’s one of his few stories that I’d imagine would be easier to adapt, since it actually has characters, clear settings, and dialogue, yet the movie only retains about 15% of the details from the book, and is super disappointing. First of all, at least the first half of the book is completely left out. The book begins with Wilbur Wheatley being born to a woman and no one knows who the father is. The child is strikingly different from the minute he’s born. His growth patterns are alarming. He does strange things. People are afraid of him.
In the movie, we start off…
Secretly one of my favourite Lovecraft films, even if it feels more like an extended Night Gallery gone freak out.
Definitely an influence on Evil Dead - not only the Necronomicon but the crazy monster POV whooshing everywhere.
Great score and poster, too.
Not a half bad HP Lovecraft adaption staring Dean Stockwell. It follows the plot line of the short story loosely, but has many of the popular Lovecraft tropes present.
Considering that the film has had a mixed response, I very much liked it because I thought the story was good and the film relied on a well written script. The Dunswich Horror is not a great horror film, yet it has enough thrills to keep you invested in its plot. I much preffered it more than I thought I should, and I always enjoy stumbling upon these forgotten or little known gems. Overall a good little genre film that please viewers of the older themed horror films. The story was good and the cast were fun in their roles. This feature is not as bad as what other reviews suggest, and is a much better feature than anticipated. Things…
The Dunwich Horror represented director Daniel Haller's second (and best) attempt at filming H. P. Lovecraft, following his 1965 effort Monster of Terror. This is one of the better Lovecraft adaptations and is characterised by a splendid atmosphere, a decent pace and the use of a range of groovy psychedelic effects. The film is centred around Wilbur Whateley (Dean Stockwell), playing a role that was originally earmarked for then ultra-hip Peter Fonda) and his plans to restore the Ancient Gods to their former evil dominion over the world. Using the dread Necronomicon, which he steals from Miskatonic University, as his manual he sets about conniving to sacrifice a virginal young woman to the gods in a bizarre fertility rite. A…
Kultproduzent Roger Corman und Regisseur Daniel Haller transportieren H.P. Lovecrafts Horrorerzählung aus den biederen 20ern in die sonnigen 60er Jahre. Merkwürdige Kristallobjekte, entwaffnende sexuelle Offenheit und allerlei rituelle Mantren und Gesten sind nur einige Elemente, die den Schlaghosen tragenden Film-Wilbur von der monströsen Figur der Geschichte unterscheiden. Das "kosmische Grauen", zentral in Lovecrafts Werk, wird hier mit einem esoterischen, sexuell aufgeladenen Kontext angereichert, der zunächst einen Widerspruch darstellt.
Durch versierten Einsatz atmosphärischer Kulissen, phantastischer Musik und eines unheimlich charismatischen Dean Stockwell in der Hauptrolle gelingt Haller jedoch der Spagat. Highlight des Fims ist neben dem Zeichentrick-Intro, welches den Zuschauer sofort in seinen Bann zieht, der kreative Umgang mit dem titelgebenden Ungeheuer, dessen ungreifbarer Horror durch stroboskopartige, grell-unscharfe Schreckmomente inszeniert wird.…
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