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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

Writers:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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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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Referenced in Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008) See more »

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Fair adaptation of Lovecraft
14 April 2000 | by coop-16See all my reviews

The film boasts fairly good performances by some veteran Character actors. Ed Begley is a rock-like Armitage, and Sam Jaffe is an appropriately mangy (and deranged) Old Whately.However, it could have benefited from much better direction and a tighter script.It would also have helped to set it in the Twenties. Perhaps Tim Burton could do a remake. In fact a couple of Lovecraft's tales could stand retelling by Burton-or Lynch.


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