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Terrified -- A college psychology student, intent on writing a term paper on how much terror the human mind can endure, learns his answers first-hand as he finds himself the target of a mysterious, hooded killer.


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Rod Lauren ... Ken Lewis
Steve Drexel ... David Baker
Tracy Olsen ... Marge
Stephen Roberts ... Wesley Blake
Sherwood Keith ... Mr. Hawley
Barbara Luddy ... Mrs. Hawley

Denver Pyle ... Sheriff Dixon
Lee Bradley ... Mulligan
Ben Frank ... Duell
Danny Welton ... Wise Guy Drunk
Nona Carver ... Nona the Waitress
Michael Fellen ... Buzzy
Robert Towers ... Joey

Directed by
Lew Landers 
Writing credits
Richard Bernstein (writer)

Produced by
Richard Bernstein .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Andersen 
Cinematography by
Curt Fetters 
Film Editing by
Rex Lipton 
Art Direction by
Rudi Feld 
Set Decoration by
Ted Driscoll 
Costume Design by
Mickey Sherrard 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist
Special Effects by
Charles Duncan .... special effects
Music Department
Ed. Norton .... music editor (as Ed Norton)

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Also Known As:
"Terrified!" - USA (poster title)
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Netherlands:85 min
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Final film of veteran director Lew Landers, who died before its release.See more »
Continuity: When David and Marge return to the ghost town after calling the police, it is late at night and dark outside. The cuts back and forth show it as night at the ghost town but broad daylight to the police cruiser on route.See more »
David Baker:The human mind is strange, Marge. Even doctors can't know everything about it.See more »
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Extreme creepiness on a very low budget, 1 November 2005
Author: ginbelt from Baltimore, Maryland

I first saw this film, like others have, on TV late at night years ago -- I think I was maybe 13 or 14 and had been sick in bed all day, watching TV. The film made such a strong impression on me that I thought of it many times over the years and all through the following decade, I would scan the TV listings in vain hoping for a rerun. I never did see it on TV ever again, but was able, back in the early 90's, to buy up a VHS copy from somebody who'd similarly taped it off a TV station.

I gave Terrified a "10" not because I think it is on a par technically with, say, "Citizen Kane", or "Vertigo", but because it is, I feel, about as an effective film I can imagine being done on the nickels and dimes budget this film must have had. When I say "effective" I mean, this is a horror film (albeit a b&W, early 60's low budget horror film), and the film is ~scary~. Scary in a creepy, eerie vibe kind of way. I think evilskip's review of 6/15/2001 really says it best, correctly describing the sense of isolation in the film and the weird sounds (I like the use of piano too here). This film proves that "low-budget" doesn't have to mean "low quality". I'm glad I have it on tape and do play it now and again. I've played it for friends too and they agree with me that it has a genuinely creepy aura about it. Fans of William Castle films from the same era would like this.

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