Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beyond the Dunwich Horror (2008)

Director: Richard Griffin

Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Griffin

Composers Daniel Hildreth, Tony Milano

Starring: Lynn Lowry, Jason McCormick, Jeff Dylan Graham, Sarah Nicklin, Michael Reed, Ruth Sullivan

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A modern vision of ancient evil.

Plot: Kenny Crawford arrives in Dunwich after hearing that his brother Andrew has been admitted to a psychiatric ward, and is suspected in a string of disappearances in the town. With the help of local reporter Marsha Calloway and the eccentric Upton Armitage he probes the last few weeks of his brother's life. As they do so, they uncover evidence of a plot in the works revolving around Andrew, his girlfriend Nikki Hartwell and her twisted friend Otto Bellinger.

My rating:  3/10

Will I watch it again? No.

OK, so I'm on a mission to watch every film Richard Griffin has made since I saw his hilariously fun NUN OF THAT (2009).  It has not been a fun journey.  Yeah, they're all low budget but sometimes the acting is pretty good and there are times when a picture's got its moments of fun or at least well-handled.  This flick suffers from really poor pacing combined with a bland story and it doesn't help that it's a quarter of an hour shy of two hours long.  The main theme is good and the score has moments of Goblin-eqsue greatness.  That's really all I can say that's positive about it.  There were three of us watching it that night and we were all nodding off to sleep at one point or another.  At least the Camp Motion Pictures double feature DVD has the print in anamporphic widescreen.  The only extras are a director's commentary (which I will listen to someday if only out of curiosity alone), a non-anamorphic trailer for DARK NIGHT OF THE DEMON HOUSE (a film that doesn't exist) an an anamorphic widescreen trailer for the amazingly fun NUN OF THAT. 

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