Saturday, November 26, 2011
THE DUNWICH HORROR (1970)
Produced by Roger Corman and made by AIP studios this is a tale of ancient monsters in a small town. The movie isn't a complete waste of time but it is really slow in getting to anything good. The good bits are the weird 60's style psychedelic scenes and the really silly tentacled monster, at least those parts are entertainingly bad. There's also some brief, fleeting nudity when our monster rips the clothes off one of it's female victims before killing them. I think that's very nice of him and as a viewer I thank him. The rest of the movie is filled with lots of talking about the Necronomicon and other HP Lovecraft-inspired stuff. As with most Lovecraft adaptions this one is apparently not very true to his original story. Star Sandra Dee is a weird choice for this film since before this she was known for starring in GIDGET and other all-American wholesome roles like that. I really only knew her from being mentioned in that song in GREASE. Here she seems kind of stupid but I think she's supposed to be a sort of naive tool of evil or something along those lines. The video box I have of this talks about her having a nude scene but I musta missed it because all I saw were some scantily clad scenes. It's also a little weird how the VHS box makes it seem like it's some kind of Devil-worshiping movie cuz it isn't at all. There's been a few other DUNWICH remakes over the years but I've never seen any of them and would imagine if they're similar to this, but without the groovy 60's vibe, I can skip them.