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Ring of Terror (1962)

 -  Drama  -  February 1962 (USA)
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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 <>

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These "college" students are clearly in their 40s. See more »


Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Ring of Terror (1990) See more »

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Fearless, Four-Eyes, Fats and the Fraternity
5 April 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Forty-something 'college' medical undergraduate (Mather) is afraid of the dark, but fearless when it comes to observing autopsies or dispatching rattle snakes. So his fraternity initiation dare is to break into the mausoleum and retrieve the ring from the finger of a corpse. There's about 20 minutes of storyline padded out to 70 minutes as the audience endures a beauty contest, a musical dance routine and a pair of fatties gorging themselves first on soda, then ice cream, then hot dogs and lecturing us on the importance of treating people well regardless of their apparent obesity.

If you can brook movies where nothing happens, then "Ring of Terror" will be right up your alley. No suspense, no horror, no chills unless you count the cat screeching after the on-screen narrator steps on its tail. The cat's name is "Puma" and that's fairly indicative of the ruse for which "Ring of Terror" (emphasis on "terror") is guilty in its false pretense.

Perhaps the only notable aspect of this movie is that the sound editing was done by future Academy Award winning editor Verna Fields (for "Jaws"). So at least you could say that the sound was well done. The only thing terrifying or grotesque is the sight of the two chubbies making out while inhaling hot dogs, each biting the bun from one end, invariably meeting in the middle to continue their canoodling in earnest; the rest is mere bin juice from the trash video can.

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