Beyond the Dunwich Horror (2008)
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So awful. Looks like a student production. I could see them trying hard to make a homage to the 70s exploitation film but it did not work.
The plot synopsis given here isn't correct and I saw this movie entitled simply "The Dunwich Horror" (IMdB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226752/combined). Despite the title, it's a large departure from the HP Lovecraft story of the same name, though it uses characters from both that story and several others. The story as it is is a bit of a mess and the special effects are exceptionally cheap-looking. Dean Stockwell isn't bad in his supporting role and Jeffrey Combs seems to have been included here simply because one must include him in the cast of any adaptation of a Lovecraft story. He's underutilized as the barely-speaking, hulking Wilbur Whateley. This is really a b-movie knock-off that never quite gets the Lovecraftian feel, lacking both in horror and the dark humor that characterized Brian Yuzna and Stuart Gordon's better efforts. Clumsy attempts at plot twists ("The house is the book!"... literally) don't exactly help. Passable at best; you might watch it once, but it will never make anyone's list of favorite Lovecraftiana. Even the attempt at depicting Yog Sothoth falls so flat that it's unintentionally comical.
It took me ten minutes to download, ten minutes to watch, and I'll tell you - that's twenty minutes of my life I'm never getting back. While Lovecraft adaptations are categorically bad, there's a few that stand out as not horrendously awful. This one doesn't meet that minimal standard, and while it mustered better than the pathetic average of a college-made film, it wasn't worth those twenty minutes. Stephen King fans probably roll the same way, watching director upon director pull an Uwe Boll on an otherwise fine story. Except it's been OVER SEVENTY YEARS since Lovecraft shuffled off his mortal coil and scriptwriters still can't figure out how to adapt his stories to the screen. What's probably worse is that I'll still watch these, in the faint hopes that someone out there can pull it off.
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