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Experiment in Terror (1962)

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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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CHALLENGING! THE FASTEST TWO HOURS THE SCREEN HAS EVER SEEN! SHOCKING! IT PLUNGES YOU INTO A NEW DIMENSION OF FEAR! IMPORTANT! IT RATES WITH THE GREATEST SUSPENSE FILMS OF OUR TIME! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Trivia

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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Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: Experiment in Terra (1979) See more »

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Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
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Written by Stephen Foster
Played at the Roaring Twenties nightclub
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Great thriller from Blake Edwards
20 April 2004 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

Since my exposure to Blake Edwards beyond his comedies has only been `Days of Wine and Roses', which is one of the most depressing films I've ever seen, I wasn't sure what to expect in the way of a thriller from a director who I largely respect. `Experiment in Terror' which stars Lee Remick and the always great Glenn Ford, turned out to be an outstanding and slick film which was thoroughly enjoyable.

While the story, about a bank teller who is threatened with the kidnapping of her younger sister if she doesn't steal 100K from her employer, and the FBI agent (Ford) who tries to both protect her and find out who the extortionist is, does not rely on cheap thrills in order to create suspense. Rather, the black and white film and noir-like shadows help build the tension while not taking away from the story. The cinematography is extremely crisp, and, like many well-made noir films of the 40's-mid 60's, you can almost imagine each frame as a beautiful photograph.

While I'd never heard of this film until coming across it on one of the movie channels, it is well worth looking for.

--Shelly


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