Nancy Walker and Elizabeth Hamilton, two students who attend Miskatonic University and work in the school library, are putting away the Necronomicon , a rare book on the occult, after a lecture on the supernatural given by visiting professor Dr. Henry Armitage. Dr. Armitage discovers Wilbur Whateley memorizing ritual passages from the Necronomicon and is at first angry, but learns that Wilbur comes from nearby Dunwich, a village having a history of evil occurrences, and that Wilbur is the great-grandson of Oliver Whateley, who was hanged by the villagers as a demon. Nancy, finding herself attracted to Wilbur, offers to drive him home when he misses his bus. Later, in the old mansion where Wilbur lives with his grandfather, Wilbur drugs Nancy and sabotages her car, thus forcing her to stay for the night. (He plans to sacrifice her in a fertility rite in the hopes of gaining for himself contact with the spiritual world.) Nancy accepts his invitation to spend the weekend there, but her absence alarms both Elizabeth and Dr. Armitage, who learn that Wilbur’s mother has been living in an insane asylum since giving birth to twins—Wilbur and a boy who has never been seen. Wilbur steals the Necronomicon from the library, kills a guard, and takes Nancy to the “Devil’s Hopyard,” a rocky hillside, for the ritual. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Dr. Armitage arrive at the Whateley house; Elizabeth opens a locked door and is immediately devoured by an invisible creature, the Dunwich Horror (Wilbur’s twin). The Horror escapes and ravages the countryside, intending to kill Wilbur. Eventually, Dr. Armitage confronts Wilbur and the monster at the Devil’s Hopyard, and there Armitage utters a curse which sends both Wilbur and the Dunwich Horror up in flames. —TCM
Cheesy, greasy, trashy! My favorite three! The stale dialogue was delightful, I couldn't wait to hear what came out of dean stockwell's mouth! The weird thing about this Lovecraftian 70s horror flick is that it contained alot of stylistic flair. Its like Stan Brakhage snuck into the editing room and took the sequences he enjoyed and jizzed on them. Overall, it hit my sweet tooth for 70s horror and that's about it.
If you enjoyed Dean Stockwell's appearance in "Blue Velvet," then you'll love him here because he basically does the same creepy, drugged out shtick for 90 minutes. It's probably the best part of this film, which re-imagines Lovecraft's space horror as a sleazy drive-in movie. Turns out the Old Ones are just a bunch of rubber tentacles and can be summoned, like any 'ol Christian demon, with a virgin sacrifice or two.