The Dunwich Horror


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

This is a remake of a 1970 movie based on a H.P. Lovecraft story, possibly his most famous tale. The first film version of the story was merely cheesy in a typical 1970 way. (Sandra Dee, anyone?) This one is an awful movie in just about every way.

  • Many performances are weak.
  • The visual quality is worse than a home camcorder.
  • The special effects and costumes  would have been laughable in the silent era.
  • The Evil One looks like a Terry Gilliam cartoon
  • And the locale has been switched from New England to Louisiana.

So you can see that they really made a loving effort to bring Lovecraft to the screen!

There only two things sort of interesting about this film:

1) Horror genre legend Jeffrey Combs plays Wilbur Whately, and is barely recognizable.

2) Dean Stockwell, who played Whately in the 1970 version, is back in the re-make as Dr. Armitage. Stockwell has now been in the film acting business for 64 years. His first film appearances were during World War Two! In 1945 he had a small part in Anchors Aweigh with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Now that's longevity. 

Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:


Not worth your time.


  • Brief nudity from unidentified topless vixens.




  No major reviews online.



Straight to video.




n/a IMDB summary (of 10)
  Not yet enough votes for a rating, but presumably destined to be below 4.0.




The new version is not yet available on DVD as I type this, so the links lead to the old version which, to be honest, is really no better.