The Dunwich Horror
1970
In a rare leading role, noted character actor Dean Stockwell plays Wilbur, a disturbed young warlock who wants to open a demonic portal, in this film based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft horror tale. In short order, Wilbur steals a "black arts" manual from the local university's library and makes plans to sacrifice the college student (Sandra Dee, in her last feature film role) who handed over the book. The cast also includes Talia Shire.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

During its first half, I couldn't tell why this horror oldie had such a bad reputation: Dean Stockwell was creepy as a Lovecraftian villain driven by rejection, the Whateley mansion set was handsomely spooky, and there was a haunting musical theme. Then it came apart at the seams in the second half, becoming a mishmash of bad psychedelia, reel after reel of stock nature footage, and an occult rape scene and foot chase through the woods that seemed to stretch on for an hour. People say there has never been a good film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's work, and this isn't going to prove them wrong.

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