Production: USA, 1969
Director: Daniel Haller
Category: Horror/H.P. Lovecraft
One of the first screen adaptations of Lovecraft, directed by former Corman art director Haller with an eye towards psychedelic ritual sequences (including nudity and bird-masks) as much as horror. Attempting to transpose the ambience of their successful Poe films into the present day, AIP used young Dean Stockwell as warlock Wilbur Whately, who seeks to invoke the Great Old Ones through the Necronomicon of the mad Arab, al-Hazred. Les Baxter provides a queasy electronic music score, but the attempted fusion of cosmic horror and sub-hippie culture never quite works.

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