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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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In the dance scene, the band members' movements have nothing to do with the music played. While saxophones can be heard, the sax players are shown with their instruments on their knees. Later, there is a tune featuring a trumpet, but there isn't even a trumpet in the band. See more »


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

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Frighting Do's & Don'ts!
25 March 2001 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the oddest independent horrors of the early 60s. If features squeaky-clean college kids, like something out of a Coronet Film like DATING DO'S & DONT'S. It has an overwrought screenplay with lots of florid dialogue, spouted by enthusiastic (over)-actors. It has atmospheric and moody b/w photography. It has weird comic relief that involves a fat couple who like to eat too much. Plus, there's a "shock" ending that is both abrupt and cruel. There's an (unseen) autopsy that's creepy in spite of itself. The overall sappiness of the production clashes with the sinister aspects, making this like "Leave it to Beaver Goes to Hell". Really odd.

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