|The Dunwich Horror (1970)|
|Writers:||Curtis Hanson, Henry Rosenbaum, and Ronald Silkosky|
|Starring:||Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Sandra Dee, and Talia Shire|
If there is any standout element within The Dunwich Horror, it has to be the performance put in by Dean Stockwell. Perhaps creepier than his character in Blue Velvet, Dean Stockwell is very sedated throughout much of the movie, and he using his eyes he manages to show the psychosis hiding behind his placid demeanor. His blank stare and creepy demeanor sets the tone for the film, and he shows the same sort of melodic and atmospheric take on the horror genre that this movie hopes to showcase. To give you a better idea, this is the sort of horror film that firmly believes in the use of a solid smoke machine. Within nearly every creepy scene in the movie, smoke fills all of the surroundings, and it becomes relatively easy to get absorbed into this world of black magic. While I do think that the synopsis for Lovecraft’s original story sounds like it would have been a far more interesting piece of work, the atmosphere and morbid theatrics at work within The Dunwich Horror isn’t something to be looked down upon.