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William F. Nolan (teleplay) (segment)
Richard Matheson (story) (segment "Julie")
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Release Date:
4 March 1975 (USA) See more »
An electrifying experience - you won't believe your eyes!
Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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"TERROR" Comes In 'Basic' Black... See more (82 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Karen Black ... Julie / Millicent Larimore / Therese Larimore / Amelia
Robert Burton ... Chad Foster

John Karlen ... Thomas Amman

George Gaynes ... Dr. Chester Ramsey

Jim Storm ... Eddie Nells

Gregory Harrison ... Arthur Moore
Kathryn Reynolds ... Anne Richards

Tracy Curtis ... Tracy
Orin Cannon ... Motel Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walker Edmiston ... Zuni Fetish Doll (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Curtis 
Writing credits
William F. Nolan (teleplay) (segment "Julie")

Richard Matheson (story) (segment "Julie")

William F. Nolan (teleplay) (segment "Millicent and Therese")

Richard Matheson (story) (segment "Millicent and Therese")

Richard Matheson (written by) (segment "Amelia")

Richard Matheson (short story) (segment "Amelia")

Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer
Robert Singer .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bob Cobert  (as Robert Cobert)
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann 
Film Editing by
Les Green 
Casting by
Gail Melnick 
Art Direction by
Jan Scott 
Set Decoration by
Leonard A. Mazzola  (as Leonard Mazzola)
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathryn L. Blondell)
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist (as Mike Westmore)
Production Management
Robert J. Koster .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Art Levinson .... first assistant director
George Wagner .... second assistant director
Sound Department
James Pilcher .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Richard Albaine)
Erik von Buelow .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Simpson .... assistant camera
Bob Rose .... key grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John S. Perry .... costume supervisor
Barbara Siebert .... costumer
Music Department
Frank Kulaga .... music recordist
Other crew
Lois Kerst .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Amelia" - USA (segment title)
"Julie" - USA (segment title)
"Millicent and Therese" - USA (segment title)
"Tales of Terror" - USA (alternative title)
"Terror of the Doll" - USA (alternative title)
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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the doll latches onto Amelia's neck, her screams do not match her mouth.See more »
[last lines]
Amelia:[into the phone] This is Amelia, mom. I'm sorry I acted the way I did. I think we should spend the evening together... just the way we planned. It's kind of late though. Why don't you come by my place and we'll go from here? No, I'm all right! Good. I'll be waiting for you.
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"TERROR" Comes In 'Basic' Black..., 5 December 2008
Author: Christopher T. Chase ( from Arlington, VA.

Thank you, Karen Black.

Thank you for being the quirky, unclassifiable, unpredictable talent that you are and blazing the trail for other quirky, unclassifiable, unpredictable actresses who now have solid careers in both indie and mainstream films, (the beauteous Illeana Douglas comes to mind.)

Thank you for bringing that talent into three of the most influential films in cinema history, (EASY RIDER, FIVE EASY PIECES and DAY OF THE LOCUST), and so many awards, nominations, accolades and films later, allowing DARK SHADOWS' wunderkind Dan Curtis to showcase it, in the three-story collection of creepiness that my generation affectionately remembers as TRILOGY OF TERROR…a film that scared many teens and 'tweens (and more than a few adults) out of about five or six years of life.

We also have to thank genre specialist Richard Matheson for providing the material, adapted in part by acclaimed writer William F. Nolan (LOGAN'S RUN), because a decent thriller is nothing without great material to start with, and at a time when certain clichés weren't quite as worn as they are now, giving us three superb tales of absolute terror…

PART ONE: JULIE – The tender story of a horny, sociopathic college frat rat (Robert Burton) who sets his sights on the homely English professor he plans to bed and blackmail. Funny thing is, the more he goes after her, the more desirable she gets, and the more desirable she gets…well, you get the picture. But beauty and evil are both skin deep, and this is one BMOC who is about to bite off way more than he can chew…

PART TWO: MILLICENT AND THERESE – A spinster pinched tighter than a novitiate's Portal of Love, Millicent attempts to enlist the help of her therapist (George Gaynes), to reign in the sordid lifestyle of her sister, the blond, sultry and more than slightly slutty Therese. She even clues in one of Terry's "boyfriends" (DARK SHADOWS regular John Karlen) about her sib's nasty little penchant for some unfortunate faux-pas…like incest, nymphomania, Satanism and murder. I don't need to clue you in about this one, but in case you STILL don't get it, here's a hint-and-a-half: If you saw Brian De Palma's SISTERS, you already know the twist to this tale. Plus there's a little voodoo angle at the end for that extra bit of 'oomph.'

PART THREE: AMELIA – So irresistibly good, Matheson adapted this baby himself, from his short story, "Prey." Even Dan Curtis knew it was better to save the best for last, and so did Karen, because this is the part of the TRILOGY that has become legendary. Oh, you might think it's silly when you start reading the description of it, but turn all the lights off and watch it after midnight…alone. Not so silly NOW, hunh?

Amelia is a 'singleton' returning from a trip. She's not back a hot minute before she gets a load of crap from her nagging ninny of a monster mother (during the obligatory "Mom, I'm Home" call,) who starts in on her about her latest boyfriend (Amelia-tested, Muther- approved…NOT.) The conversation also focuses on something she's brought back with her for her latest other-half, and what a hairy-ass-ugly gift it is! (Maybe she thinks even less of her man than Mom does, but that's another story).

It's a nasty-looking Zuni fetish doll, complete with sharp little spear and even sharper teeth, and a gold-chain around its waist. Of course, while she's handling the damn thing, she accidentally knocks the chain off…and that's where the big fun REALLY begins. If you want to know where CHILD'S PLAY'S Chucky got his inspiration from, you've GOTTA see this little S.O.B. go after his…"PREY."

Many people a lot tougher and sensible than me lost plenty of sleep after seeing this screeching, slavering nightmare of six-inch, supernatural tribal-vengeance attitude. But what really shriveled my young 'nads was not the throat-closing suspense that Dan Curtis and Karen sustain throughout the thirty minute segment…

It's that jaw-dropping money shot at the end, just when you think the horror is over. It's just about every bit as good as the climax to CARRIE, I kid you not.

So thanks again, Karen. And Dan. And Richard. And William. And while I'm in such a thankful mood, thank YOU, Dark Sky Films, for reintroducing this classic to a whole new generation. I never got that five years back that "Amelia" scared out of me. Nice to know that now, I won't be alone…

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