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Beyond the Dunwich Horror (2008)

Kenny Crawford arrives in Dunwich after hearing that his brother Andrew has been admitted to a psychiatric ward, and is suspected in a string of disappearances in the town. With the help of... See full summary »

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Richard Griffin

Writers:

Richard Griffin (screenplay), H.P. Lovecraft (short story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lynn Lowry ... Margo Warren
Jason McCormick Jason McCormick ... Andrew Crawford
Jeff Dylan Graham ... Upton Armitage
Sarah Nicklin ... Nikki Hartwell
Michael Reed ... Kenneth Crawford
Ruth Mahala Sullivan ... Marsha Halloway (as Ruth Sullivan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandon Luis Aponte Brandon Luis Aponte ... Batz (as Brandon Aponte)
Michael Bilow Michael Bilow ... Fisherman
Carlos Brum Carlos Brum ... Otto Bellenger
Robert Jude Buco Robert Jude Buco ... Bartender
Christopher Calcagni Christopher Calcagni ... Evan Lewton
Alexandra Cipolla Alexandra Cipolla ... Yuppie girlfriend
Timmy DeCoff Timmy DeCoff ... Young Wilber Whateley
David Fine David Fine ... Jeffrey
Danielle Gelehrter Danielle Gelehrter ... Librarian #1
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Kenny Crawford arrives in Dunwich after hearing that his brother Andrew has been admitted to a psychiatric ward, and is suspected in a string of disappearances in the town. With the help of local reporter Marsha Calloway and the eccentric Upton Armitage he probes the last few weeks of his brother's life. As they do so, they uncover evidence of a plot in the works revolving around Andrew, his girlfriend Nikki Hartwell and her twisted friend Otto Bellinger. Written by Anonymous

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Beyond fear, Beyond death, Beyond the depths of your darkest nightmare. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Block Island, Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Scorpio Film Releasing See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (HDCAM)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shanette Wilson also read for the role of Marsha Halloway, but wasn't cast because she was considered too young for that particular part. See more »

Quotes

Otto Bellenger: Don't worry Andrew, it hurts less in the dark.
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Version of The Dunwich Horror (1970) See more »

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All is still not well at Dunwich...

I must say that I was genuinely surprised with "Beyond the Dunwich Horror" - in a good way. I found this movie on a double-feature DVD in a second hand store, and the obvious Lovecraft reference in the title made me pick it up. I had initially very little expectations to the movie, but it turned out to be more than I had anticipated.

Sure, this is a low budget movie, but still, they managed to pull it off nicely enough, and had a good, overall coherent story with some nice references to Lovecraft, although it could be discussed whether or not they had taken Lovecraft's original work and stretched it a bit too far and too thin.

I am not going to get into a detailed synopsis of the storyline, but director Richard Griffin did manage to incorporate the story lines well enough and actually managed to pull off the differences in the timeline well and have them come together full circle at the end.

Effects-wise, then "Beyond the Dunwich Horror" is not making use of flashy high-end CGI effects. There is some special effects in the movie, and yes it might be a bit campy at times, but it does serve its purpose well enough, and does look adequate enough as well.

I wasn't familiar with the people cast for the various roles in the movie, so I thought it was nice with a breath of fresh air for a change, and without associating the faces with previous roles portrayed. This is not academy award-winning performances, but still, people did good jobs with their given roles.

There was just something very 1990's to the movie, the way it was shot, the way the story was told, and of course the music. Whether or not this was intentional, I know not, but it worked out well enough for my liking.

While "Beyond the Dunwich Horror" is not one of the best movie interpretations of H. P. Lovecraft's novels, then it is by far not amongst the worst either. It is a fairly enjoyable movie, but it just lacked that one last ingredient to make it fully stand out and become unique.


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