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Terror (1978)

R  |   |  Horror  |  26 October 1979 (USA)
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Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Nolan ...
James Garrick
Carolyn Courage ...
Ann Garrick
James Aubrey ...
Philip
Sarah Keller ...
Suzy
...
Viv
Glynis Barber ...
Carol Tucker
Michael Craze ...
Gary
Rosie Collins ...
Diane
Chuck Julian ...
Phil the Greek
Elaine Ives-Cameron ...
Dolores Hamilton
Patti Love ...
Hannah
Mary Maude ...
Lady Garrick
William Russell ...
Lord Garrick
Peter Craze ...
The Director
Peter Atard ...
Curtis the Actor (as Peter Attard) (as Peter Atiard)
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Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads removed in various fashions, getting their limbs caught in animal traps, knife wounds, and other methods of medieval torture. Written by Ørnås

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In the scene in the deserted film studio, where Philip is attacked by movie paraphernalia, the film stock is actually nine damaged prints of Saturday Night Fever (1977), obtained from Rank Laboratories. See more »

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L.E. Mack ... Mad Dolly is after the Dolly Grip that pushes James Aubrey down the stairs See more »

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Wow! A Norman J. Warren film that is actually decent!!
22 October 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

There's not much to like about Norman J. Warren's work…. 'Inseminoid' (a.ka Horror Planet) was like the lamest Alien rip-off ever made and 'Satan's Slave' was a dreadfully tedious vehicle about a devil-worshiping cult (it starred horror maestro Michael Gough, but still…). To think those two disappointment almost held me from watching this 'Terror'! This film is Warren's finest achievement! A modestly produced, but blood-soaked and nasty horror film that'll keep you entertained for a good 80 minutes. The plot of 'Terror' is standard shlock, handling about a film producer who inadvertently awakened the spirit of an ancestral witch while shooting a film about his own family's history. Things start to go horribly wrong the film premieres in the old family mansion and the young niece gets possessed with the witch's soul. The film doesn't contain the slightest bit of continuity and numerous murders are completely random. Not one horror lover will complain about this, though, since every single slashing is darn gruesome and presented with the nastiest make-up effects possible. There are a few (beautiful) young girls stabbed to death and pinned to a tree, a film crew member is crushed by the set pieces, a cop is road-killed by his own car and there are multiple neat close-ups of slit throats and severed corpses! Every killing is a horror feast and – sometimes – that's all there is needed to satisfy fans of the genre. At some points, Warren even succeeds in creating tension through atmospheric camera-work! How about that? The sequence where the blond girl is chased through the woods almost feels like 'The Blair Witch Project' 20 years ahead of its time! Although the film doesn't feature an actual climax (everybody dies…period!) or no depth in general, it's still receives warm recommendation thanks to the bright dialogue, stunning camera-work and loads of fun it delivers.


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