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The Dunwich Horror (1970)

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

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Daniel Haller

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Curtis Hanson (screenplay) (as Curtis Lee Hanson), Henry Rosenbaum (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sandra Dee ... Nancy Wagner
Dean Stockwell ... Wilbur Whateley
Ed Begley ... Dr. Henry Armitage
Lloyd Bochner ... Dr. Cory
Sam Jaffe ... Old Whateley
Joanne Moore Jordan Joanne Moore Jordan ... Lavinia Whateley (as Joanna Moore Jordan)
Donna Baccala Donna Baccala ... Elizabeth Hamilton
Talia Shire ... Nurse Cora (as Talia Coppola)
Michael Fox ... Dr. Raskin
Jason Wingreen ... Sheriff Harrison
Barboura Morris Barboura Morris ... Mrs. Cole
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson ... Mr. Cole
Michael Haynes Michael Haynes ... Guard
Toby Russ Toby Russ ... Librarian
Jack Pierce Jack Pierce ... Reeger
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

More People Die in Dunwich Than Live There! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dunwich Horror See more »

Filming Locations:

Mendocino, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"The Dunwich Horror" was one of the last on camera acting appearances by Ed Begley. This underrated character actor passed away in 1970, the year of the film's release. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Wilbur Whateley: Come back, Old Ones... Princes of Darkness... and repossess the earth.
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Featured in Movie Macabre: The Dunwich Horror (1981) See more »

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Hippie Horror
24 April 2004 | by GafkeSee all my reviews

Dean Stockwell (sporting a 'fro and looking like a sinister disco king) visits Miskatonic University in hopes of "borrowing" the original Necronomicon. It seems that Dean is the grandson of a powerful wizard, and the illegitimate son of a woman who is finishing her days in the padded room of an insane asylum. Sandra Dee and her huge helmet of blond hair accompany Dean back to his isolated farmhouse where she is quickly drugged, talking about sex, having orgasms on altars and dreaming about strange beings (who rather resemble Manson Family members) who chase her along the misty sea cliffs. Suspicious friends arrive to help the stoned Miss Dee, who has no desire to be rescued from her creepy new boyfriend or his awful perm. But the well meaning friends learn some shocking truths about Dean anyway: he has a twin brother, and if looks are anything to go by, then their Daddy was a mutant sushi dinner.

There's some pretty decent creepy moments to be found in this film. The mood is nice and eerie, the atmosphere as thick and creepy as the fog that lies thick along the coastline beside Dean's house. We don't get to see much of the Twin Brother, but the POV shots are nice, done in blood red negatives. Dean Stockwell delivers a truly icky performance as the not-quite-human Wilbur who succeeds in seducing virginal Sandy, whose Good Girl image goes bye-bye here pretty quickly. The ending is a tad rushed and somewhat silly, but everything leading up to it is nice and tense, with minimal gore and some haunting sound effects. I give it a fat 8 on a scale of 10.


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