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Director:
Writers:
William F. Nolan (teleplay) (segment)
Richard Matheson (story) (segment "Julie")
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Release Date:
4 March 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
An electrifying experience - you won't believe your eyes!
Plot:
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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Awards:
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Karen Black - B-Movie Goddess!! See more (80 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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Additional Details

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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Runtime:
72 min
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Trivia:
During the "Julie" segment, a drive-in theater can be seen showing the movie "The Night Stalker". This is an in-joke reference to director Dan Curtis's TV movie The Night Stalker (1972) (TV).See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the doll latches onto Amelia's neck, her screams do not match her mouth.See more »
Quotes:
Amelia:This can't be happening! This can't be happening!See more »

FAQ

Is there a website for Trilogy Of Terror?
In the film's final segment, why can't Amelia leave her apartment?
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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Karen Black - B-Movie Goddess!!, 17 April 2006
Author: Putzberger from Chicago IL

Karen Black is too frightening for mainstream cinema. You couldn't watch her in a romantic comedy without wondering whether she's going to kill and devour the male lead. But those freaky crossed eyes and that off-kilter sexuality make her a magnetic screen presence and we're all lucky that she found a handful of directors who were able to use her well without rendering her ridiculous ("Five Easy Pieces" by Rafelson) or shrewish ("Nashville" by Altman). Of all Karen Black's worthy star vehicles (an extremely short list), "Trilogy of Terror" is far and away the standout.

The first two pieces are mildly diverting -- the first, "Julie," has an entirely untelegraphed twist that feels like a cheap trick, so it's the weakest link. Still, it coasts along nicely on its creepy camera angles and Karen's dark-star power, and the last couple of scenes are just unsettling enough to whet your appetite for the delights to come. The second segment, "Millicent/Therese," is some standard mid-70s horror fare, laced with madness and hints of sexual perversity, that would be a "Flowers in the Attic"-style yawn if it weren't for the lovely Karen, who plays warring sisters: prim, evangelical Millicent and slutty, predatory Therese. As Therese, she wears a ridiculous blonde wig and sashays around the set like a drag queen, a fully intended foray into pure camp made even more bizarre by Karen's much more nuanced performance as repressed, mousy little Millie. Slowly you wonder if all of Therese's evil is a figment of . . . well, I don't want to spoil it for you.

Ol' Karen saves the best for last: "Amelia." As played by Karen Black, Amelia is a complex, very modern, very normal woman confronted with an utterly conventional dilemma: does she spend Friday night with her boyfriend or her mother? But this isn't a sitcom starring Valerie Harper, it's a horror movie starring Karen Black and something intensely weird happens -- the Zulu doll she has bought as a present for her boyfriend comes to life and starts chasing her around the apartment! (Sound familiar, "Chuckie" fans?) It sounds ridiculous, and it would be if it weren't for the magnificent Ms. Black. She believes. There is no ironic distance between actress and character, no winking acknowledgment of the absurdity of the situation, no excess of histrionics. Dammit, Karen is being menaced by a vicious, spear-wielding figurine and you are terrified for her! Maybe you could make the argument that the vignette is an attempt to juxtapose the civilized and the savage and to expose our true uncivilized nature. But no. It's an ugly doll attacking a cross-eyed actress. It's silly. It's stupid. It's pure entertainment. If you haven't seen it yet, go get it now.

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