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September 1971 (USA) See more »
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Demons long locked in the depths of the mind come to destroy the weak and believing! See more »
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A nightclub singer has nightmares about being involved in adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Peter Carpenter ... Tony Trelos
Dyanne Thorne ... Andrea Hilliard
Lory Hansen ... Helayne Hilliard

Leslie Simms ... Fran
Joel Marston ... Martin Hilliard
Paula Mitchell ... Sally
Dana Diamond ... Waitress
Al Dunlap ... Charlie
Ernest A. Charles ... Detective (as Ernest Charles)
Roberta Robson ... 1st Wife
Tony Kent ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hope Lugosi ... Bar Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Nicol 
 
Writing credits
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Peter Carpenter  story
Ernest A. Charles  screenplay
Tony Crechales  screenplay
Chris Marconi  story

Produced by
Peter Carpenter .... producer
Chris Marconi .... producer
Marilyn Jacobs Tenser .... associate producer (as Marilyn J. Tenser)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Maxwell  (as Bob Maxwell)
 
Film Editing by
R.A. Radecki 
 
Makeup Department
Jimie .... hair stylist
Nora Maxwell .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Clark Will .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Caper Sr. .... still photographer
Ken Gibb .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Kops .... fashion design
 
Editorial Department
Verna Fields .... supervising editor
Ruth Shea .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor
Don Vincent .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Tony Crechales .... assistant to producers
Deborah Maxwell .... script supervisor (as Debbie Maxwell)
 

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UK:88 min | USA:88 min
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Tony:Where's Sally?
Andrea:She left, had a scout meeting.
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Referenced in My Mom's a Werewolf (1989)See more »
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Drifter of the HeartSee more »

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Andrea, She-Wolf of the Music Industry., 2 April 2013
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Point of Terror has the funniest opening credits I've seen in a long while, with its writer and 'star' Peter Carpenter singing a god-awful song while gyrating crazily in a red, mega-tassled jacket and circulation-restricting trousers. It's truly cringe-worthy stuff, boding well for fans of trash cinema, for whom horribly dated fashion, awful music and crap dancing is all part of the fun.

As success-hungry lounge singer Tony Trelos, Carpenter doesn't disappoint, regaling the viewer with further diabolical warbling throughout while squeezing into more ridiculously tight fashion disasters. Tony's unmistakable sense of style and rugged manliness doesn't go unnoticed by the ladies, with big-breasted queen-bitch Andrea Hilliard (Dyanne Thorne)—wife of wheelchair-bound music mogul Martin (Joel Marston)—soon digging her claws in, promising Tony fame in exchange for sex.

Their special arrangement soon begins to go awry, however, with Andrea dragging her heels in getting Tony his record contract and Martin becoming suspicious of his wife's unorthodox business arrangements. An unfortunate pool-side 'accident' puts paid to Martin's jealousy, but when Andrea's sexy step-daughter Helayne (Lory Hansen) shows up at her father's funeral, catching Tony's roving eye, and the singer's ex-girlfriend announces that she is pregnant, the stage is set for further acts of lustful violence.

Deceit, death, money, greed and sex: Point of Terror features all the expected ingredients of a regular murder/mystery potboiler, but distinguishes itself with a glorious excess of trashiness; not only do we the get all the gaudy early-70s trappings, with strong primary colours and some groovy split screen editing accentuating the tastelessness, but there's gratuitous nudity (narcissist Carpenter taking any opportunity to bare his ass and Thorne, the one and only She Wolf of the SS, flaunting her impressive assets), alcohol and drug abuse, sexual harassment in the workplace, and random violence, including a frenzied knife attack and a high-dive onto some rocks. It's far from great film-making, but it sure is entertaining.

Unbelievably, the film's outrageous finalé manages to be just as jaw-droppingly nutzoid as the opening credits, with a shock twist and a trite cyclical narrative device that makes a mockery of all that has gone before, but which somehow suits the whole crazy affair to a 'T'.

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