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The Terror (1963)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 1964 (UK)
A young officer in Napoleon's army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.

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Helene / Ghost of Ilsa The Baroness Von Leppe
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Katrina, Witch / Eric's Mother
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Gustaf
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France, 18th century. Lieutenant Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson) has been accidentally separated from his regiment. He is wandering near the coast when he sees a young woman (Sandra Knight) and asks her for directions to Coldon, where he hopes to rejoin his regiment. But the woman doesn't answer, doesn't even greet him and walks away. Eventually she takes him towards the sea, where she disappears in rough water. Andre loses consciousness while trying to follow her, and is attacked by a bird and awakes in a house where an old woman (Dorothy Neumann) claims never to have seen the woman. After he leaves, he sees the woman again, and while trying to follow her, is saved by a man from certain death. Andre learns that in order to help the girl, he must go to castle of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff), and when he arrives, Andre sees the woman looking out of a window. However, Baron Von Leppe is old and seems reluctant to let Andre in. He claims there's no woman in the castle, but shows Andre... Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl) and subs111

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"DRACULA"... "FRANKENSTEIN"... "HOUSE of WAX"... "PIT and the PENDULUM"... and now... The TERROR See more »

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Trivia

Francis Ford Coppola took eleven days to shoot his second unit footage, only ten minutes of which wound up in the finished film. See more »

Goofs

On Ilsa's gravestone, the year of her death is indicated at 1782. However, her painted portrait is dated 1786. See more »

Quotes

Andre: That bird! It attacked me!
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Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Jack Nicholson (2005) See more »

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An old castle is host to strange deeds.
2 August 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

The master of the low budget movie, Roger Corman, strikes again. This flat, poorly written tale was directed by committee with Corman calling the shots on about half of it. Movie lore also has the movie being made in just under three days. The story line is faulty and slow. The special effects are pretty bad. And The Terror brings about none.

A French soldier (Jack Nicholson) stumbles across an old castle on the Baltic coast owned by Boris Karloff. Things happen inside the castle that are suppose to bring about chills, but mostly it is faint laughter. This film has earned a following by being so bad it is fun to watch.

Karloff is below par, half hearted and lethargic in a sad way. Nicholson is still young and is many miles from his now famous screen presence. Don't let this review keep you from viewing; just don't expect any redeeming qualities. Corman/Nicholson are the drawing card after the fact. Remember a "quickie" is just that.


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