The Dunwich Horror

Synopsis: H.P. Lovecraft meets Hollywood: Wilbur Whateley wants to help the Old Ones break through by consulting the Necronomicon, and Armitage must stop him. Attractive females are added to fill out the plot.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Daniel Haller
Production: AIP
 
IMDB:
5.4
Rotten Tomatoes:
17%
R
Year:
1970
90 min
141 Views


[Heartbeat]

[Heartbeat stops]

[Woman moans]

[Moans louder]

[Screams]

OH, GOD!

IT WAS A BRILLIANT

LECTURE, DOCTOR.

YEAH. THE BEST

OF THE YEAR.

CAREFUL, ALL THESE BRAVOS WILL

GO TO AN OLD Ph.D.'s HEAD.

AND NOW, IF YOU'LL TAKE

THE NECRONOMICON

AND RETURN IT:

TO THE LIBRARY,

I'LL MEET YOU THERE

AS SOON AS I CAN.

DOCTOR, DON'T FORGET WE'RE

PICKING YOU UP FOR DINNER.

I'LL BE THERE.

AND YOU TAKE GOOD CARE

OF THAT BOOK.

YOU KNOW, SOME OF

THAT STUFF HE SAID

SORT OF GOT TO ME.

[Laughs]

IT'S RIDICULOUS.

NO, NO. I KNOW

WHAT YOU MEAN.

ESPECIALLY THOSE

CREEPY PEOPLE:

AND SOME OF THE:

THINGS THEY DID.

CAN YOU LIFT THAT?

COULD I SEE THAT

BEFORE YOU PUT IT AWAY?

DO YOU ALWAYS SNEAK UP

ON PEOPLE LIKE THAT?

OH, MY, YOU SCARE EASILY.

I'D REALLY LIKE TO GLANCE

THROUGH THAT BOOK,

THE NECRONOMICON.

WELL, THAT'S

IMPOSSIBLE.

I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY.

THE LIBRARY IS CLOSING.

COME ON.

GIVE ME 5 MINUTES.

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

WAIT A MINUTE.

I DON'T SUPPOSE

IT WOULD DO ANY HARM.

ARE YOU CRAZY?

UH, WHY DON'T YOU

TAKE IT IN THERE?

THANK YOU.

YOU MUST BE:

INSANE.

OH, IT'LL BE ALL RIGHT.

HE'LL TAKE CARE OF IT.

HE'LL TAKE CARE OF IT?

THAT BOOK IS PRICELESS.

OH, STOP WORRYING

ABOUT THE BOOK.

DID YOU NOTICE HIS EYES?

HE'S REALLY GOT GREAT EYES.

NANCY, WHAT DO YOU DO?

YOU'RE GIVING

HIS RAREST BOOK:

TO THE FIRST KOOK

THAT COMES ALONG.

WELL, UH...

I--I TRUST HIM.

"YOG-SOTHOTH...

"IT IS THE GATE WHEREBY

THE SPHERES MEET.

"ONLY THEM FROM BEYOND CAN

MAKE IT MULTIPLY AND WORK.

"YOG-SOTHOTH

IS THE KEY.

"AND WITH THE GATE OPEN,

THE OLD ONES SHALL BE...

"PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE...

ALL ARE ONE.

"THE OLD ONES WALK

SERENE AND PRIMAL...

"UNDIMENSIONED AND UNSEEN...

"THE OLD ONES BROKE THROUGH

OF OLD...

"AND THEY SHALL

BREAK THROUGH--"

[Armitage]

THE BOOK, PLEASE.

THE BOOK, PLEASE.

OH, THERE'S NO NEED

TO BE UPSET.

I WAS ONLY READING IT.

HAVE YOU ANY IDEA

WHAT THIS VOLUME IS WORTH?

IT'S ONE OF A KIND.

OF COURSE,

A GENERATION AGO,

THERE WAS:

ANOTHER COPY...

40 MILES FROM HERE.

YOUNG MAN, I AM FAMILIAR

WITH DUNWICH.

I KNOW.

YOU'VE READ MY PAPER

ON OLIVER WHATELEY?

HE WAS A GREAT MAN.

THEY HANGED HIM.

THEY WERE FOOLS.

WHO'S TO SAY?

I'M WILBUR WHATELEY,

OLIVER'S GREAT-GRANDSON.

THEN YOU KNOW WHO I AM.

DR. HENRY ARMITAGE.

YES. IT'S A PLEASURE

TO MEET A WHATELEY.

THANK YOU.

[Nancy] DOCTOR?

OH, IT'S EASY TO SEE

WHY YOU 2 GIRLS WERE

SO EFFECTIVELY CHARMED.

I'M VERY GLAD TO HAVE

MET THIS YOUNG MAN.

WE SHARE A MUTUAL INTEREST.

IN FACT, I'D LIKE TO TALK

FURTHER WITH YOU.

[Armitage] WE MIGHT LEARN

A GREAT DEAL FROM EACH OTHER,

DON'T YOU THINK?

ABOUT DUNWICH, PERHAPS?

DUNWICH, DR. ARMITAGE,

MIGHT APPEAR TO YOU

AS JUST ANOTHER SMALL TOWN.

THE PEOPLE OF DUNWICH ARE

JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

THEY'RE JUST MORE HONEST

ABOUT IT.

YOU SEE MAN AS A RATHER

DISMAL CREATURE.

YES. WHY NOT?

LOOK AROUND.

YOU'LL SEE WHAT'S THERE.

FEAR, AND FRIGHTENED

PEOPLE WHO KILL:

WHAT THEY CAN'T UNDERSTAND.

IT'S LATE.

I SHOULD BE GOING.

DR. ARMITAGE,

I'D LIKE PERMISSION

TO STUDY:

THE NECRONOMICON.

FOR WHAT REASON,

MR. WHATELEY?

WELL, I'M A STUDENT

OF THE OCCULT.

AND THAT BOOK IS

LIKE A BIBLE.

A RATHER ODIOUS COMPARISON.

UH, NO, NOT REALLY.

IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO SAY

THE BOOK IS IRREPLACEABLE?

NO. YOU'RE AFRAID.

AFRAID? POSSIBLY.

IN ANCIENT TIMES,

THAT BOOK WAS SAID

TO UNLOCK THE GATES

TO ANOTHER DIMENSION,

TO ANOTHER RACE:

OF BEINGS.

I DO NOT SHARE:

THOSE BELIEFS,

NOR DO I FULLY:

UNDERSTAND THEM.

HOWEVER, I KNOW ENOUGH

ABOUT STRANGE THINGS

NOT TO LAUGH AT THEM.

I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU

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Curtis Hanson

Curtis Lee Hanson (March 24, 1945 – September 20, 2016) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His directing work included the psychological thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), the neo-noir crime film L.A. Confidential (1997), the comedy Wonder Boys (2000), the hip hop drama 8 Mile (2002), and the romantic comedy-drama In Her Shoes (2005). Hanson won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1998, for co-writing L.A. Confidential with Brian Helgeland. more…

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