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Anyone born before 1980 can't help but remember that video cover that stared
up at them from the spooky horror section shelf at the "Video Library." It
was the one all the little kids loved to rent...it was also the one all the
little kids loved to fast-forward through 80% of to get to the Zuni-doll
And about 20 years later, the Trilogy of Terror is back, and the Zuni-Doll once again steals the show....but not entirely. The first story, about giant rats in a graveyeard, is well-written and memorable. The second story, while a bit creepy at the beginning, is for the most part....stupid. But not terrible. The third story (saving the best for last) marks the return of the infamous Zuni-Warrior doll. The sad thing about it is, is that it is really a cheap rehash of the classic original. Entertaining yes, but original? Hardly.
But at least the first two stories were a little more memorable. The first two in the original TRILOGY were very well-written, but easily forgettable.
The beautiful Lysette Anthony does her best in this made-for-TV horror flick. Actually, I was impressed with her acting, considering this film was, in a way, standard USA network fare. She seemed at least somewhat enthusiastic about this gig, and filled Karen Black's shoes nicely.
All in All, TRILOGY OF TERROR 2 is good, clean fun for the whole family. That is of course, sarcasm...but, it IS good clean fun for that son of yours who makes a B-line for the Horror section whenever you visit Blockbuster Video....
6.5 out of 10.
Lysette Anthony takes over for Karen Black in this trilogy of scary stories
in which she is the star in each tale. The first one is about adultery,
murder, and grave robbers. The second tale is about a mother who uses black
magic to bring her dead son back to life. The final and best tale is about
the demonic African doll from the first film stalking Anthony. While the
effects may be a bit on the cheap side, this is a fun and scary outing.
Lysette Anthony is a good choice for taking over the Karen
Rated R; Violence and Profanity.
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Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Plot: Unleashed in the original cult hit Trilogy of Terror, the demonic Zuni fetish doll carved it's way into movie history. Now there are 3 new stories. "The graveyard rats" which is about a woman that kills her husband in order to get all his money, but she has to fight off giant rats in order to get it. "Bobby" is about a kid who drowned that has came back to life. And the last story is "He who kills" which is about the crazed doll killing people.
Audio/Video: Excellent from Paramount.
Final thoughts: This movie is great. I have not seen the original, but I'm sure it is the better one. This has not been released on DVD yet, so if you can find it on VHS, then pick it up right away.
Made-for-TV sequel to 1975's Trilogy of Terror, which was also
made-for-TV. In the original movie, Karen Black starred in three
separate stories. Here it's Lysette Anthony. The first story is "The
Graveyard Rats." It's about a millionaire's young wife and her
lover/cousin (Geraint Wyn Davies), who murder the old guy but find out
all the money he had left was in Swiss bank accounts. The passcode for
these accounts is on microfilm the old man had buried with him. So they
have to go dig him up. But, oh no, what's this? There are giant fake
rubber rats that are stealing corpses out of coffins. Good for some
laughs, I guess. Anthony isn't a particularly strong actress and Davies
is TERRIBLE. But it's got Geoffrey Lewis using an Irish accent so it's
not all bad.
The second story is "Bobby," about a mother who uses witchcraft to bring her son (Blake Heron) back from the dead. But he comes back not quite right and soon is trying to murder his mom. This is a forgettable story that starts out one way but quickly devolves into a repetitive slasher story with the kid terrorizing the mom. A very annoying musical score accompanies the kid on his rampage. I screamed for those stupid horns to stop. Weakest story in the movie.
The final story is "He Who Kills." This is a sequel to the most popular segment from the original film, the Zuni fetish doll story. The police drop the doll from the first film off at a museum. It was badly burned so they want Dr. Simpson (Anthony) to examine it right away and tell them what it is. From here, in typical sequel fashion, we get a retread of the first film where the doll comes alive and tries to kill Anthony. Nowhere near as exciting or scary as the original but still the best of this movie. More annoying music.
Made-for-TV movies had decreased in quality quite a bit by the 1990s. This is in large part because in the '70s and '80s, the weekly TV movie was a staple of network television. By the '90s the TV movie became something reduced to crappy cable channels and the occasional network effort like the Amy Fisher crap. They were a higher quality in the old days, for the most part. I'm not saying they were equal to theatrical films but they were a lot better than most of the stuff that's been produced for cable the last 25 years or so. Anyway, this is watchable enough. It helps that Dan Curtis, the director of the original, returned to direct this. It's nothing that will leave an impression but you won't hate yourself for having watched it either.
I remember when this debuted on USA network way back when. I liked it then, but no so much now being a bit older. I think the main problem is these are original tales from Dan Curtis and not Richard Matheson adaptations. They really lack the pacing of those stories and it shows badly with random shocks here and there, too much exposition during the action (always a bad sign) and cheesy dialog. The original was also predictable, but was at least exciting. Here, the opening has an outrageously cranky old bastard, but nothing else except a cheesy romance and really bad looking giant rats. The second tale was a little hard to follow but was easily the best and most suspenseful. The last, a requel of the Zuni doll tale from the 1st, gets good when the doll is loose, but disappoints as it rehashes the ending almost to a tee. Don't fix what ain't broke I suppose?
And with a cast that includes Lysette (Any relation to Josette?) Anthony, who is and always shall be a major babe, and Geraint Wyn (Who seems to do his best work at Knight.) why shouldn't he? I saw much that was borrowed from the Dan Curtis hit Dark Shadows in this made for TV flick ... The photography, the music certainly, and the ocean shots from the second tale. And these all work right well in this movie. The plots, as a whole, and the acting in particular, work well enough to be enjoyable. True, certain themes like the killer doll have been done to death over the years, but Curtis still knows how to put a twist to the devil of a tail.
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Trilogy of Terror II is Dan Curtis' sequel to his wildly popular 1975 television movie. Here we have three more lurid tales of fright and fun. Just like the first film starred Karen Black in all three tales, this time it's Lysette Anthony's turn. The first story, The Graveyard Rats, is my favorite. This one is about a couple (Geraint Wyn Davies and Anthony) having an affair behind the back of the woman's wealthy husband. When they decide to kill the tycoon for his money, things get interesting. His will states that he is to be buried in his family plot. Geoffrey Lewis plays the cemetery caretaker (and grave robber) who warns the couple not to bury the husband there due to the rat infestation problem. This does not bother the greedy couple until they find out that a vital piece of bank account information was buried with the husband. A few double crosses later and we find out who the graveyard rats really are. It's a perfect story in the EC comics vein. The next story isn't bad either. It's called Bobby and was written by Richard Matheson. Anthony this time plays a distraught mother who holds a seance to bring back her drowned son. But, does the child want to come back? You know from the beginning that things aren't going to end well. The last story is a direct sequel to the final story in the original Trilogy of Terror. I think you all know which one I'm talking about: the Zuni Fetish Doll story. This time William F. Nolan and Dan Curtis are writing based on the Matheson original. It's pretty much the exact same story, just updated a tad. Interesting though is that technology hasn't come very far since 1975 because they are still relying on quick cuts and shaky camera work to sell the doll action. So, if you enjoyed Trilogy of Terror, I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy the sequel. It's simply more of the same.
I really like this movie, Lysette Anthony does a super job in all three tales, like in the first trilogy movie the doll episode is the best and thanks to the technology of nowdays that freaking doll can now seriously run to stalk its victims. I give it a 9, rent it or buy it, you will not be disappointed
The Devil doll is back in this refreshing anthology from genre favorite Dan Curtis. Intelligent story, decent acting, and a scary 1960's feel make this one well worth a rental.
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Wasn't that great, especially the Third Story it was almost exactly the
same as The first movie if you've ever seen it! It wasn't as good as
the first movie either. It was just mediocre. Could have been better
but wasn't. Is not thrilling, scary, or chilling. Just a pass. If you
have not seen the first movie then give it a shot because you may like
but being a fan of the first one, I thought there was nothing new added
but The same story but not as well executed as the first film. So many
new Ideas could have been put into this movie but I didn't see any New
or Imaginative in this film. No thought went behind it in my Opinion.
BOTTOM LINE: PASS 3.5/10 Just not as Great as #1
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