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Trilogy of Terror (1975)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  4 March 1975 (USA)
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Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

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Robert Burton ...
Chad Foster
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Thomas Amman
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Dr. Chester Ramsey
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Eddie Nells
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Arthur Moore
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Anne Richards
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Tracy
Orin Cannon ...
Motel Clerk
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Storyline

Three stories interwoven together. The first, about a college student infatuated with his teacher. The second, a paranoid tale of two sisters - one good, the other evil, and the third about an African tribal doll that comes to life and terrorizes a woman in her apartment. Written by Humberto Amador

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An electrifying experience - you won't believe your eyes!

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Horror | Thriller

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4 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Amelia  »

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Karen Black contributed much to the 3rd segment "Amelia". She re-wrote her first conversation with her mother on the telephone. Black wanted to emphasize that the mother was controlling and manipulative. The original words made the mother out to be too nice. Making the mother controlling of Amelia would make the audience more on her side when we realize what is going to happen to the mother when she comes to visit. Also when the doll is trying to escape from the suitcase the effects men could not figure how to show that Amelia is cut. Black thought to have them place the blood on her finger which she would hide from the camera until it was time to reveal the bloody finger. See more »

Goofs

When Amelia is first attacked by the doll, it is in her living room and she goes nowhere near her apartment's front door. After managing to trap the doll in the suitcase, she then immediately runs to the kitchen and gets a screwdriver, then runs to her front door, where apparently the bolt has been bent, trapping her in. But why did she go and get the screwdriver before she even knew the bolt was bent? See more »

Quotes

Chad Foster: You've drugged me!
Julie: [Flippant] No dear, I've killed you.
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When Karen was Queen...
21 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

I long for the days when an odd, slightly exotic/slightly zonked actress like Karen Black can make it in Hollywood. There was a time in the mid-'70s when--every time you turned around--Karen Black was in a new movie. I'm still discovering early movies she starred or co-starred in that I never knew about ("Cisco Pike", "Portnoy's Complaint", "The Pyx"). She and director Dan Curtis were quite a pair, here masterfully zipping through three short creep-outs in which Karen plays four fascinating women. The last segment, "Amelia", has incredible point-of-view camera-work, seamlessly swooping around corners, which rivals even "The Shining". Karen is very much attuned to the eccentricities of character (in fact, when she played a 'normal' woman, like the lead in "Day Of The Locust", she came off almost colorless), but Dan Curtis winds this toy up and Karen runs with it. The first two segments are psychological suspense studies of ruined-women-turned-triumphant, the third story turns the tables and makes woman the victim. It's a terrific feat, worth talking about even after 26 years.


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