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Kelly Sherwood is terrorized by a man with an asthmatic voice who plans to use her to steal $100,000 from the bank where she works. He threatens to kill her teenage sister Toby, if she ... See full summary »

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John 'Rip' Ripley
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Kelly Sherwood
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Toby Sherwood
Roy Poole ...
Brad
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Popcorn
Anita Loo ...
Lisa
Patricia Huston ...
Nancy Ashton
Gilbert Green ...
Special Agent
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Capt. Moreno
Al Avalon ...
Man Who Picks Up Kelly
William Bryant ...
Chuck
Dick Crockett ...
FBI Agent #1
James Lanphier ...
Landlord
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Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch
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Kelly Sherwood is terrorized by a man with an asthmatic voice who plans to use her to steal $100,000 from the bank where she works. He threatens to kill her teenage sister Toby, if she tells the police. However she manages to contact F.B.I. agent Ripley. Written by Will Gilbert

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fbi agent | bank | fbi | assault | surveillance | See more »

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Terror ... Tension ... Almost More Than The Heart Can Bear ! See more »


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9 June 1962 (Japan)  »

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Der letzte Zug  »

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Several elements of this film inspired scenes in David Lynch projects. To begin with, there is the Twin Peaks (1990) sign at the beginning of the film which served as obvious inspiration for the title card and setting of Lynch's television series of the same name. Also, a scene or two later (the infamous "opening" scene,) when Kelly is in here garage, the killer mentions that he has "killed twice before" - this is something which "Bob," the supposed killer from "Twin Peaks" also mentions. This scene also has uncanny resemblances to a scene in Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) where Willem Dafoe's character, Bobby Peru, has Lula Fortune in his filthy grasp and is talking to her similarly. Later in the film, we find out that the killer in "Experiment in Terror" is actually called Garland "Red" Lynch. The resemblance to David Lynch's name is something which the director no doubt noticed, as he also named a character in "Twin Peaks" after him (Major Garland Briggs). See more »

Goofs

In the baseball double play scene, the Los Angeles Dodgers' batter hitting the double play ground ball is #12, but, the runner getting thrown out at first base is #55. See more »

Quotes

Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch: Your sister's all right.
Toby Sherwood: You said she was dying.
Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch: I had to find some way to get you here. Take off your clothes. You want me to take them off for you?
Toby Sherwood: [shakes her head]
Garland Humphrey 'Red' Lynch: Then take them off.
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The end credits only list one person, the actor who played the villain, followed by "The End" See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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A Film That Lives Up To Its Title
14 April 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"Experiment in Terror" is a superb example of how to scare the hell out of you without a trace of gore, blood or gratuitous violence. For all intents and purposes this is a police procedural where the aim is to track down a stalker/blackmailer/murderer. Filmed in black and white the film revels in darkness and uses it to create its more unsettling moments. Imagining what we are barely seeing in the dark and letting our imaginations run wild is scarier than seeing a graphic depiction. Ford and Remmick turn in excellent performances under Blake Edwards' deft direction. Best of all is Ross Martin as the world champion heavy breather. Martin is generally known for more lighter roles but his rather sinister turn here is very fine. Stark photography, often at night, and a subtle yet unsettling score by Henry Mancini are icing on the cake. To be watched with the lights out.


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