9. The Dunwich Horror
Based on Lovecraft’s short story of the same name, The Dunwich Horror was directed by Daniel Haller and produced by B movie master, Roger Corman. Though the film is not too far off from the original, the tale had to be adapted for modern audiences. Lovecraft’s short story was rife with the more paranoid beliefs of the 19th century, specifically, the idea that society was on the verge of collapse due to genetic “degeneration.” Haller and Corman removed this element from the story leaving us with a wonderfully weird satanic cult movie.
The film features the creepy, weird Whateley family, and their creepy, weird son, Wilbur Whateley, who kidnaps Nancy (played by Sandra Dee) and keeps her under his influence through the use of hallucinogenics. When rescue is attempted, Wilbur’s monster of a twin brother is accidentally released and madness ensues.
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