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Dunwich (2006)

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The small New England village of Dunwich harbors many secrets, but none so dark as the origin of Wilbur Whateley. Born to an albino mother and raised in seclusion by his occultist ... See full summary »

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The small New England village of Dunwich harbors many secrets, but none so dark as the origin of Wilbur Whateley. Born to an albino mother and raised in seclusion by his occultist grandfather, Wilbur shuns the outside world in favor of his family's dark mythology. Set in the early 1920s, "Dunwich" is an intimate tale of the Whateley clan and of a mysterious man who threatens to take Wilbur from his family. Written by Page Street Studios

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The conjoined twins were played by real life identical twins Katrina LeTourneau and Bethany Drouin. Part of their costume was constructed from a twin bed skirt. See more »

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4 December 2009 | by (Oegstgeest) – See all my reviews

H.P. Lovecraft's Dunwich is an expanded and updated its previous Chaosium "Dunwich." The main changes are the addition of the Call of Cthulhu statistics, and some things that apparently was previously omitted in the original version, It begins with H.P. Lovecraft (HPL) short story, "Dunwich." This is one of his best stories, I think, and she does a great job of setting mood. The coverage also apparently depicts the star of The Dunwich Horror, Wilbur Whately (I think), as it appears on a Sergio Leone Western (extreme close-up). (By the way, it is remarkable how Dean Stockwell is similar to Mr. Whately, has influenced people or pictures of him, because the cover seems a bit like him.) For the most part, they do a good job of capturing the feel Lovecraft. As the blurb says quote, it is a very unpleasant, icky place. It is full of people with dark, twisted secrets, ranging from simple polygamy to things like incest, madness of the family in the closet, cannibals to Barbra Streisand fans. There are some normal people, but they are in the minority.

There are a lot of strange things. Apart from the ickiness of the inhabitants, there are many ancient ruins and it appears, for example - the area has been the site of a colony Hyperborean, Druid Hippies fleeing Roman "Man" and, more recently, a pseudo Wiccan coven escape the persecution of Salem witch trial.

Details of this pseudo Wiccan coven seem to go against the spirit of HPL, and the overall spirit of Cthluhu mythos. It has somehow "non-malignant" form of Nyarlthotep. This is exactly what made me spray when I watched it. Nyarlthotep. Its phones are unscrutable, so that even when it seems nice, you should not be able to say that it is not malignant.

The other thing that annoyed me is that there is a concrete, and eventually solved, why such a Dunwich came down and dilapidated. Although to do this, you have to do a style of D & D dungeon exploration of the famous baddie kill him (hopefully).

While I realize that things do not help inspire HPL D & D, and it is not unusual in its history and explore often icky places and caves, I always thought that ever Call of Cthulhu adapted his style . I also think it goes against the spirit of HPL there is a root cause of the ickiness of Dunwich, as opposed to just general disrepair. Décroissance is more or less the nature of the world-entropy. Places like Dunwich not get down because some of Cthulhu super fungus, but because it takes more effort to follow up that the people can and will happen. If you have never been to Arkansas, you know what I mean.

It is mentioned in the story that "the thing has disappeared." "It was split into what it was originally facts, and can never exist again." But basically, the scenario called "Woops, HPL was not right, I know better than what he has done so just ignore what he wrote." More importantly, it does not work very well be a scenario. The establishment is unlikely hook - they are referred to by Mr. Dunwich Armitage. But why should he trust? If he knew them, and their trust, why not have asked for their help in "The Dunwich Horror"? Thus, the source material Dunwich gets a B-, Overall, call it a C +. The bulk of the product (the description of Dunwich and its inhabitants) is acceptable, but the rest, although the terrible (IMHO), is more or less necessary.


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