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The Dunwich Horror (1970)

R | | Horror | 14 January 1970 (USA)
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Wilbur Whateley pops over to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon and Sandra Dee. But little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human...



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Complete credited cast:
Nancy Wagner
Dr. Cory
Joanne Moore Jordan ...
Lavinia Whateley (as Joanna Moore Jordan)
Donna Baccala ...
Elizabeth Hamilton
Nurse Cora (as Talia Coppola)
Michael Fox ...
Dr. Raskin
Sheriff Harrison
Barboura Morris ...
Mrs. Cole
Beach Dickerson ...
Mr. Cole
Michael Haynes ...
Toby Russ ...
Jack Pierce ...


H.P. Lovecraft meets Hollywood: Wilbur Whateley wants to help the Old Ones break through by consulting the Necronomicon, and Armitage must stop him. Attractive females are added to fill out the plot. Written by Brian Bixby <barbix@tiac.net>

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The sound of whipoorwills is the song of the Death in Dunwich! See more »



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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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14 January 1970 (USA)  »

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Dunwich Horror  »

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Did You Know?


Carol Lynley was on the ideas list for the female lead. See more »


Every person in the movie pronounces the town's name as "Dun-witch"; in fact, it is pronounced "Dun-itch", with a silent 'W' as in "Greenwich village". See more »


Wilbur Whateley: Come back, Old Ones... Princes of Darkness... and repossess the earth.
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Version of Dunwich (2006) See more »

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Good movie marred by a couple of flaws.
21 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I liked this one, but it was not without its faults. One of these is clearly the monster. It does not look to good, but on the bright side they try to cover up its appearance with weird flashing lights and they usually only show it by showing its point of view. Another problem is I found myself pulling for Wilbur to succeed in his rituals. I am sure that is not the makers of this movies intent. This one has a man wanting to see a book at a library that contains many rituals for bringing those called the "old ones" to the earth. He can't convince the man in charge of the book to loan it to him, but he does get a gal to drive him home and stay the weekend. His house is rather drab, but she seems okay with it. She soon becomes part of his plans to bring the "old ones" to earth. Meanwhile, her friend and the guy with the book investigate the guy. Overall I liked it, but I wasn't thrilled with the ending as it did not seem right to me. The old guy was about three or four steps behind in everything to me, so it didn't seem right that it should end that way. Some nudity in this one, but not all that much. Could have used a bit of gore too, but the story is interesting enough to keep my attention anyway. Based on a Lovecraft story that probably explains the monster. He always describes such horrors in his story that they are nearly impossible to duplicate by building them or using computer graphics.

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