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Terrified (1963)

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Complete credited cast:
Rod Lauren ...
Ken Lewis
Steve Drexel ...
David Baker
Tracy Olsen ...
Marge
Stephen Roberts ...
Wesley Blake
Sherwood Keith ...
Mr. Hawley
Barbara Luddy ...
Mrs. Hawley
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Sheriff Dixon
Lee Bradley ...
Mulligan
Ben Frank ...
Duell
Danny Welton ...
Wise Guy Drunk
Nona Carver ...
Nona the Waitress
Michael Fellen ...
Buzzy
Robert Towers ...
Joey
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A masked lunatic kills off people in a haunted house.

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A BLACK GRAVEYARD...WITH A KILLER ON THE LOOSE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Final film of veteran director Lew Landers, who died before its release. See more »

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When the police cruiser is en route to the ghost town, you can easily see that the only person in the car is the driver. Yet when the car stops at the ghost town, two cops get out. See more »

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David Baker: The human mind is strange, Marge. Even doctors can't know everything about it.
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Seen on Pittsburgh's CHILLER THEATER in 1977
10 February 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1962's "Terrified" was one of several Crown International pictures that debuted on Pittsburgh's CHILLER THEATER in 1976 (February 19, 1977 to be exact), paired with second feature "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte," from 1964. A production whose poverty stricken budget restricts the settings to a deserted Western ghost town and its creepy cemetery, but with a script that would have been commonplace some two decades later during the teen slasher cycle of the early 1980's. Directed by serial veteran Lew Landers, whose prior features included 1935's "The Raven" and 1943's "The Return of the Vampire" (both with Lugosi), he died in 1962, before its belated release some months later, a somewhat fitting conclusion to a busy career as an action specialist, although it cannot claim to be well paced. The idea of a hooded maniac stalking his victims has become quite a cliché since the early sixties, but this appears to be the first horror film that used it. We begin at the ghost town's cemetery with a helpless screaming victim lying in an open grave as his unknown tormentor pours cement over him, driving him insane. Next, we meet our tiny cast in a small coffee shop, who drive back to the deserted cemetery and discover the still warm corpse of the caretaker, obviously a victim of murder. As the young couple drive away to contact the sheriff (Denver Pyle), their friend, Ken Lewis (Rod Lauren, "The Crawling Hand"), inexplicably remains behind, stubbornly facing up to his own fears as he loses just about every scuffle with the hooded killer, who delights in terrorizing his prey, all of whom have close ties to Marge (Tracy Olsen), the sister of the first victim (who has conveniently escaped the asylum to go after his assailant). Once everyone convenes at the ghost town, the film remains just as trapped as the frightened characters, who simply don't behave in the most logical fashion, especially Ken, who seems to be under the impression that the killer is Marge's brother. There is one major subplot that is dropped halfway in, that of a crazed motorist who delights in running people off the road. This is how the sheriff first becomes involved, but nothing ever comes of it, and no explanation is offered as to who it was, except that it's not the character under the hood, an unforgivable sin. The killer's identity is hardly a major surprise, and Italian horror films quickly adopted the idea of a hooded maniac (1964's "Blood and Black Lace"), but it remains an interesting artifact ahead of its time, all but forgotten today. CHILLER THEATER aired this film three more times as a solo feature, on August 11 1979, July 26 1980, and October 10 1981, as much of the Crown International catalog have been scarcely seen on the airwaves since ("Twisted Brain" aka "Horror High" lasted the longest).


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