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The Dunwich Horror (1970)

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I was looking through my tv guide tonight, and on AMC they played The Dunwich Horror, "based" on the HP Lovecraft story, which Im a fan of. I can't believe how bad this movie was. For instance, "Dunwich" takes place in the 1920's, at least the actual story, but the movie... its set in the 70s. And the main titles at the start... my god. I was laughing so hard. They play this bizzare funk music. It's like the opening credits of Friday the 13th Part 3! The movie itself, was equally horrible, but I thought Dean Stockwell did a fairly good job, considering that everything else in this shitstorm betrayed everything the short story stood for. And this has got to be the worst lighting in ANY movie i've seen. Bar none. The lighting is so "neon-ish", it would make Joel Schumacher's Batman movies blush! Though shitty the movie was, the atmosphere of the movie was a LITTLE creepy. It's barely worth a rental. OK. One Lovecraft based film down, and I don't know what I should see next. From Beyond, or DAGON. Hmmmm.
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I dig it.
Sometimes an older movie is so jam-packed with kitsch that it still works, it just tastes weird. And so few of my favorite Lovecraft stories have been touched by Hollywood that I'm appreciative of any effort.
Dunwich feels to me like a very serious episode of Scooby Doo. And as a fan of creepy cartoons and funk, hey, I like the main titles.
If I haven't tossed all my credibility out the window, I would recommend that you check out Cast a Deadly Spell.
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The main, main thing I didn't like that it wasnt set in 1920s. But I did like that the movie acknowledges Lovecraftian elements in the movie, like Arkham University. It was kind of cool seeing it in the movie.
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The scariest part of the film:
<img src="http://www.badmovies.org/movies/dunwich/dunwich1.jpg" alt="" />
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The Man Called Gruber:
The scariest part of the film:
<img src="http://www.badmovies.org/movies/dunwich/dunwich1.jpg" alt="" />
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if American International wasn't trying to make Stockwell look as much like a younger Vincent Price for this movie as they could manage, hoping some of their success with Poe adaptions would rub off on a Lovecraft movie. At least I hope that's the reason, I'd hate to think Dean actually thought he was stylin' and profilin' with that look.
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muncie girl:
I dig it.
Sometimes an older movie is so jam-packed with kitsch that it still works, it just tastes weird. And so few of my favorite Lovecraft stories have been touched by Hollywood that I'm appreciative of any effort.
Dunwich feels to me like a very serious episode of Scooby Doo. And as a fan of creepy cartoons and funk, hey, I like the main titles.
If I haven't tossed all my credibility out the window, I would recommend that you check out Cast a Deadly Spell.
I saw this in high school on video and recently again on DVD. The only memorable thing? The funk-cartoon intro.
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Maybe THE LANGOLIERS could've been saved if Stockwell used that hairstyle and moustache for it.
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