Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: “The Dunwich Horror” (1970)

   Retaining only the outline of H.P. Lovecraft’s original 1928 short story and the names of a few of the main characters, Daniel Haller’s film is a useful case study in examining the challenges with the adaptive process of “classic” horror literature into film most prominently represented at American International Pictures during the 1960’s and early 70’s. In this period, Roger Corman was able to direct a series of celebrated adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories (and a poem with “The Raven”) that were significantly altered from their original  narrative details mainly due to the nature of many of the stories, rather than through arrogant evisceration.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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