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Terror (1978)

 -  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
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Viv
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Carol Tucker
Michael Craze ...
Gary
Rose Collins ...
Diane (as Rosie Collins)
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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witch | curse | ancestor | bear trap | murder | See more »

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It was buried a hundred years ... but never laid to rest! See more »

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Horror

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26 October 1979 (USA)  »

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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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Notches another one up for bloody horror
3 December 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

He didn't make Hammer rip-offs and he didn't make counterfeit Amicus flicks, either. Norman J. Warren created a horror sub-genre instead, and "Terror" is the second best of these while "Prey" is the best. Though this was clearly inspired by "Suspiria" and equally ropey in terms of structure, is is still an entertaining hour and a half.

The opening film-within-a-film, a witch burning sequence, has better production values than the rest of this shocker, but it is, nevertheless, a graphic slasher (for its time) that takes some risks. Most of the murders are knife murders and we get lots of knife POV's and a procession of red herrings. A car lifted off the ground and up into a forest canopy shows some creativity and a poor sod impaled on spikes notches another one up for bloody horror.

Despite good transfers, the Warren films still look ugly because they were not lit too well. Some of the interiors are overexposed and the hard lighting looks more accidental than planned. The performances range from adequate to somnambulistic (perhaps intentionally) and the electronic score (by Ivor Slaney) is more noisy than musical.

Worth seeing, sure, but not anything groundbreaking.


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