Critic’s Corner: The Dunwich Horror (1970)

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This film, based on the short story by the delightfully macabre H.P. Lovecraft, is reviewed below by Dr. Z!

Watched alone at night, with low expectations, this is as effective as only an old hippie horror film can be.  Nancy Walker, a young librarian, is lured into the house of Whateley by young warlock, Wilbur Whateley.  His whole family is cursed by the locals.  Wilbur’s mother is in an asylum, his grandfather talks trash and his brother, a huge mass of tentacles called Yog-Sothoth, is kept locked in an upstairs room.  Deadpan Dean Stockwell and pretty Sandra Dee give distracted performances that add to the creepy atmosphere.  Visually colourful lighting is the standout of this movie – orange, purple and blue hues swirl all over the place – while the musical score is grand while being equally eery and unsettling.

Rating: 8 out of 10 Stars

One of a kind psychedelic fun!  Fancy another Lovecraftian horror with an 80’s update?  Try Re-Animator or The Evil Dead.

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