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Ring of Terror (1962)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror | February 1962 (USA)
A group of medical students undertake some silly and frightening endeavors in order to pledge a fraternity.



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Cast overview:
George E. Mather ...
Lewis B. Moffitt
Austin Green ...
Esther Furst ...
Betty Crawford
Norman Ollestad ...
Lew's Roommate (as Norman Ollstead)
Lomax Study ...
Professor Rayburn
Pamela Raymond ...
Alice Lund
Jerry Zinneman ...
(as Jerry Zin)
Joseph Conway ...
R.J. Dobson
June Smaney ...
Rag Doll Milford
Ed Erwin ...
(as Eddie Erwin)
Ann Morgan ...
Coed Waitress
Tom Brandt
Hal Hoover
Charles Martin
Ollie O'Toole ...
Dr. Walsh


Med student Lewis Moffitt harbours a secret fear of the dark stemming from a traumatic childhood incident involving a corpse. Nonetheless, he pretends to be unaffected during the first autopsy witnessed by his class, and generally affects an attitude of fearlessness. This, however, inspires his would-be frat brothers to conceive a particularly morbid initiation ritual -- one which will, inevitably, go horribly awry. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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This movie was parodied in season 3 of Mystery Science Theater 3000. See more »


When Lewis has a bad dream, he awakes to see his roommate standing over the bed. As he discusses his dream, his pajama top repeatedly opens and closes as the camera angle changes. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) See more »

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The ring of terror...not what you might think.
15 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

No, this movie is not a ghost story that predates Japanese horror movies and is in fact their influence. Also, no to this movie being about organized crime or a street gang terrorizing the streets of Chicago. It is neither of those, in fact there is very little to this movie at all. The story has a caretaker of a cemetery walking through a graveyard looking for something that turns out to be his cat Puma. Yes, this is a rather long little sequence no doubt stretched out for so long because the movie is in need of a little padding. The caretaker stumbles on a grave of a man and the story shifts to this man and his days at college. Yes you are now into the meat of the story, a group of college kids (well more like college old guys) in medical school trying to join a fraternity and see the autopsy of an actual deceased individual. The main character focused on is a man who seems all right for the most part, except for the fact he is seemingly without fear. Yes, he is not afraid of random rattle snakes that somehow get into a car or whatever. Well the story finds our intrepid students at places called cafeteria where the band plays without any emotion and sometimes without the instrument in their mouths and they laugh at fat people dancing all the night long. They also view a rather gruesome autopsy where you see nothing, but the guy performing the autopsy, his skeleton, the clock, and the students. So I guess you see everything, but the body. Then you see hazing at its most unfair as some students must walk down a street asking for pennies while others must steal rings off of corpses. Yeah, that seemed really unfair to me. Then you get to see the caretaker wrap up this rather pointless, albeit, short movie. Upon watching this flick you will wonder, why the heck were those girls upset at the guys? They had to see the autopsy, I mean geez what do they expect the guys are trying to be doctors.

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