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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...

Director:

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>

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Taglines:

"People seldom visit Dunwich. The town is ruined, decadent and its annals reek of overt viciousness, murder, crime and violent deed, unnameable." - H.P. Lovecraft See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carol Lynley was on the ideas list for the female lead. 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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Decent adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story.
20 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

Sandra Dee (the original GIDGET to you beach bunny fans) is Nancy Wagner, a virginal blonde student at Miskatonic University who meets Wilbur (Dean Stockwell), the grandson of a warlock who was lynched years earlier.

Wilbur shows interest in the Necronomicon and in Nancy, because he needs both to open a gateway for demons called "The Old Ones" to enter our world. He invites her back to his secluded home in Dunwich, where he keeps her drugged, plots to sacrifice her on a seaside altar and fights with his senile, ranting grandfather (Sam Jaffe). A strange-looking, barely-seen, multi-headed flying monster that sees things in negative (and looks kind of like GHIDRAH!), is kept locked in the attic, but escapes for the silly finale.

It's amusing to see the once-wholesome Sandra Dee saying sex is "great" and simulating orgasm while being groped on an altar, but she should also get credit for delivering a decent performance. Ditto Ed Begley in his last role as a heroic professor. Stockwell is so soft-spoken and weird it's hard to gouge just how good (or bad) his performance really is.

Compared to most recent H.P. Lovecraft adaptations, this isn't half bad and it all looks very cool and colorful. Roger Corman was the executive producer. Director Haller also made DIE, MONSTER, DIE, which was based on Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space."


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