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  • Actors: Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner, Sam Jaffe
  • Directors: Daniel Haller
  • Writers: Curtis Hanson, H.P. Lovecraft, Henry Rosenbaum, Ronald Silkosky
  • Producers: Jack Bohrer, James H. Nicholson, Roger Corman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: July 17, 2001
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YRX3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

It had the weird late 60's early 70's sound.
shoediva
Many people have complained that the film goes at a slow pace, I hadn't really noticed that myself, in fact I had little problem watching the whole movie in one go.
BENJAMIN MILER
The film was made on a noticeably low-budget, but manages to produce some genuine scares and has a menacing air of creepy, Gothic atmosphere throughout.
chad edwards

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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful By chad edwards on September 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film has received more bad reviews than any other horror movie I have ever read about, and after seeing it I can't even begin to understand why! Based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same title, THE DUNWICH HORROR follows warlock Wilbur Whatley's desperate quest to restore his fiendish family to their rightful position as rulers of the universe. However, there are two crucial factors needed in carrying out this mad plan. Firstly and foremost, Whatley must locate a copy of the Necronomicon, an ancient book of evil spells, and the sacrifice of a pure, but still sexually attractive female(that's where beautiful college co-ed Sandra Dee figures into the story). As the wild-eyed Whatley, Dean Stockwell is clearly having a ball, and was obviously warming up for his hammy role in David Lynch's sci-fi opus DUNE. Ed Begley, in his final film role, also seems to be enjoying himself as Stockwell's chief Nemesis, Dr. Armitadge. However, the best and most convincing performance by far is given by lovely young Sandra Dee(of GIDGET fame) who makes an effective SCREAM QUEEN debut. This film has received many negative notices, but it's not bad at all, even by today's standards. The film was made on a noticeably low-budget, but manages to produce some genuine scares and has a menacing air of creepy, Gothic atmosphere throughout. Furthermore, this movie is one of the better attempts to capture literary mastermind H.P. Lovecraft on celluloid. If the film seems rather long(it's 90 minutes), remember that Lovecraft's original story was only about 35-40 pages long. For the most part, the screenwriters have added some genuinely effective touches to flesh out the story.Read more ›
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on March 18, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
American International Pictures (AIP) and Roger Corman found great success translating (often times loosely) the works of Edgar Allen Poe to the silver screen with such popular films like House of Usher (1960), Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), and The Tomb of Ligeia (1965). This being the case, why wouldn't the terrifying, mind bending works of H.P. Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu mythos * (a shared world in which authors use as a setting for their stories, usually within the realm of horror, science fiction, or fantasy) among other things, fair equally as well? They did try, releasing such films as The Haunted Palace (1963), Die, Monster, Die! (1965), and The Dunwich Horror (1970), but found limited success. The films were entertaining, but if you've ever read any of Lovecraft's stories, what you see on screen is comparatively tame to the visuals created within your mind from the text of the written word. Directed by Daniel Haller (Die, Monster, Die!), who later found work directing television shows like Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, and Knight Rider, the film stars former teen idol Sandra `Queen of the Teens' Dee (Gidget, A Summer Place) and Dean Stockwell (The Boy with Green Hair, Blue Velvet, Married to the Mob). Also appearing is Ed Begley (12 Angry Men), Lloyd Bochner (The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear), and Talia Shire (The Godfather, Rocky), who is actually credited in the film as Talia Coppola as she had yet to take the name of Shire from her impending marriage to composer David Shire.

The story begins essentially at a university as a lecture, held by Dr. Henry Armitage (Begley), a doctor of Philosophy, is letting out.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Clay Jr. on December 13, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The stories of H. P. Lovecraft are difficult to adapt to film. Nevertheless, this Grade B movie is better than one might expect. Inevitably, there are some differences, but the tale of HPL's famous Cthulu Mythos cycle remains surprisingly intact. New characters appear that are not authentic Lovecraft. Sandra Dee's character introduces a sexual element that is anathema to Lovecraft's rather prissy sexual attitude. A side-view of Dee's bare left thigh and buttock is about it for the proclaimed nude scene. Dean Stockwell is not as monstrously horrific (in spite of his goofy hairstyle) as the Wilbur Whateley of HPL's story. Wilbur displays an obsessive interest in the dread book of evil, "Necronomicon," encased in glass at Miskatonic University. He speaks the incantations in a forgotten language that summon Yog Sothoth and the elder race of ancient beings from beyond time and space. Professor Armitage (Ed Begley) speaks the counter spell and tries to keep Wilbur from the book. Bearded Sam Jaffe is effective in a small role as old Wizard Whateley. In a flashback segment, draped in his dark cloak and carrying the rune staff of unholy sympbols, he summons the "Old One" who mates with his feeble-minded daughter, Lavinia, and spawns Wilbur and one other. In an eerie scene, the whippoorwills' wailing cry seek to capture the expiring Whateley's soul as it leaves the body, another authentic Lovecraft element. The dread Devil's Hop Yard atop Sentinel Hill is a grim setting of terror and sacrifice. When Wilbur's otherworldy brother escapes from his lair, initially invisible, he wreaks havoc on the remote farms in fine monster-on-the-loose fashion. The climax of the film, however, amidst the stone figures and high places lacks the powerful punch needed. Regardless, this is a good attempt to translate Lovecraft on film. Weird as it is, enjoy it. ;-)
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