The Dunwich Horror (1969)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The

An American horror film directed by Daniel Haller. It went on general release in the UK on 19 July 1970 double billed with The Oblong Box (1969) 1front cover of Kine Weekly vol.633 no.3265 (9 May 1970) 2Today's Cinema no.9818 (30 June 1970) p.15.

Plot Summary

Nancy Wagner, a student at Miskatonic University, is tutored by Dr Henry Armitage who has taken it upon himself to watch over the infamous occult book The Necronomicon. In the nearby town of Dunwich, Wilbur, the great-grandson of occultist Oliver Whateley, the subject of Armitage's latest paper, is trying to get hold of The Necronomicon to finish his ancestor's work and unleash ancient supernatural forces.


Directed by: Daniel Haller
© 1969 American International Productions
American International Pictures
Executive Producer: Roger Corman
Produced by: James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff
Screenplay by: Curtis Lee Hanson, Henry Rosenbaum, Ronald Silkosky
Based on the Story by: H.P. Lovecraft
Director of Photography: Richard C. Glouner
Film Editor: Christopher Holmesm
Music by: Les Baxter
Sound Mixer: Charles Knight
Wardrobe: Richard Bruno
Makeup: Jack Obringer
Hairdresser: Faith Schmehr
Special Effects: Roger George
Art Director: Paul Sylos

Sandra Dee (Nancy Wagner)
Dean Stockwell (Wilbur Whateley)
Ed Begley (Dr Henry Armitage)
Lloyd Bochner (Dr Cory)
Donna Baccala (Elizabeth Hamilton)
Joanne Moore Jordan (Lavinia Whateley)
Michael Fox (Dr Raskin)
Jason Wingreen (police chief)
Sam Jaffe (Old Whateley)
Talia Coppola (Cora)
Barboura Morris (Mrs Cole)
Beach Dickerson (Mr Cole)
Michael Haynes (guard)
Toby Russ (librarian)
Jack Pierce (Reeger)

Alternative Titles

O Altar do Diabo – Brazilian, Portugal
Dunwich Horror – France
Los endemoniados – Mexico
Horreur à volonté – France (alternative title)
Horror w Dunwich – Poland
Ondskans riter – Sweden
Scarlet Friday – working title
Terror en Dunwich – Spain
O thanatos gennietai – Greece
Le vergini di Dunwich – Italy
Voodoo Child – West Germany
Ο θάνατος γεννιέται – Greece
Данвичский ужас – Russia
ダンウィッチの怪 – Japan

Extracts included in
Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993)
Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996)

See also
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)


Today's Cinema no.9804 (15 May 1970)
With more attention paid to the logic and continuity of the story, this would have been a creepie of quality beginning more or less where Rosemary's Baby left off. Although the special effects brilliantly conjure up horrific fantasies, the dialogue and action which link them together do little to generate tension. Nor does the American setting seem appropriate as the home of a superstition founded in the mists of time. – from a review (The new films) by Marjorie Bilbow



  • Board of Trade Journal vol.198 no.3818 (20 May 1970) p.1405 – note (Registrations of British and foreign films)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.15 p.44
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.16 p.53
  • Film Bulletin vol.39 no.2 (26 January 1970) p.21 – credits, review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.205 no.30 (11 April 1969) p.10 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.209 no.25 (19 January 1970) p.3 – credits, review
  • House of Hammer vol.1 no.1 (October 1976) p.4 – note (Stop press: Late news)
  • Kine Weekly no.3267 (23 May 1970) p.12 – credits, review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.37 no.438 (July 1970) p.146 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Shivers no.76 (April 2000) p.54 – illustrated article (by Jonathan Rigby)
  • Today's Cinema no.9804 (15 May 1970) p.8 – credits, review
  • Today's Cinema no.9818 (30 June 1970) p.15 – note (General releases)
  • Variety 21 January 1970 p.18 – credits, review


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig p.138
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.191-192
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.204 – illustrated credits, review
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.146
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.267-268; 309
  • Film Review 1971-72 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.221
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.142 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir p.54 – credits, note
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1971 p.108 – credits
  • Lurker in the Lobby, The: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore and John Strysik pp.28-31 – illustrated credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.117 – credits
  • Rock ‘n' Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.148, 150-151; 292
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.165 – illustrated credits, review