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Ring of Terror (1961)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror | February 1962 (USA)
A group of medical students undertake some silly and frightening endeavors in order to pledge a fraternity.


Clark L. Paylow


Lewis Simeon (original story), Lewis Simeon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
George E. Mather George E. Mather ... Lewis B. Moffitt (as George Mather)
Austin Green Austin Green ... Carl
Esther Furst Esther Furst ... Betty Crawford
Norman Ollestad Norman Ollestad ... Lew's Roommate
Lomax Study Lomax Study ... Professor Rayburn
Pamela Raymond Pamela Raymond ... Alice Lund
Jerry Zinnamon Jerry Zinnamon ... (as Jerry Zin)
Joseph Conway Joseph Conway ... R.J. Dobson
June Smaney June Smaney ... Rag Doll Milford
Ed Erwin Ed Erwin ... (as Eddie Erwin)
Ann Morgan Ann Morgan ... Coed Waitress
Tom Brandt Tom Brandt
Hal Hoover Hal Hoover
Charles G. Martin ... (as Charles Martin)
Ollie O'Toole Ollie O'Toole ... Dr. Walsh


Med student Lewis Moffitt harbours a secret fear of the dark stemming from a traumatic childhood incident involving a corpse. Nonetheless, he pretends to be unaffected during the first autopsy witnessed by his class, and generally affects an attitude of fearlessness. This, however, inspires his would-be frat brothers to conceive a particularly morbid initiation ritual -- one which will, inevitably, go horribly awry. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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February 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кольцо террора See more »

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Playstar See more »
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1.85 : 1
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This movie was parodied in season 2 episode 6 of Mystery Science Theater 3000. See more »


When Lewis has a bad dream, he awakes to see his roommate standing over the bed. As he discusses his dream, his pajama top repeatedly opens and closes as the camera angle changes. See more »


[first lines]
R.J. Dobson: Good evening friends. Let me invite you for a stroll down graveyard lane, where beauty and love abide. And in death, we are born into eternal life.
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TC-216 Tension
Music by Joseph Cacciola
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A film bad enough that it would copy from Ed Wood?
13 April 2013 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

I'm going to give this three stars just because it is a rare chance to see what has completely disappeared from this earth - the B film made by the small independent making largely drive-in fare with players so anonymous that you wonder why they bothered giving them names in the film different from their actual names. Actually, I think the credits didn't bother after all.

The borrowing from Ed Wood I speak of is an intro - that really drags by the way to the tune of five minutes- and and outro given by a mortuary custodian who recites some stream of consciousness dialogue accompanied by him searching for his cat among the headstones - it reminded me of Criswell in Plan Nine From Outer Space. The custodian finds the cat near the headstone of Lewis Moffett, who died at age 22 according to the engraving. Then starts the flashback of what led to Lewis' demise.

Lewis was a medical student who showed no fear, even when fear would be a reasonable reaction. His fellow students take notice, and the medical student fraternity to which he is pledging (medical student fraternity???) comes up with a hazing device that is sure to reveal if Lewis is just faking it or really is fearless.

The medical students are not just old - but so mixed in age you'd think someone would notice. They seem to range from 20 to 40 years of age. Their girlfriends are always nagging them about their studies getting in the way of their fun, and there is a very long and lame section about a frat party, a beauty contest, the world's ugliest cupid (in diapers), and tons of footage of overweight students overeating. There is an autopsy, oddly performed at night, where apparently the morgue stripped the John Doe corpse naked but left his gold ring on his finger! I thought the black and white cinematography, score, and atmosphere were quite good and set the right mood for a horror film. What the filmed lacked was a decent script with good dialogue, pacing, and acting. The most natural performance was turned in by Puma, the mortuary director's cat. Watch out for that cat, by the way, he actually plays a relevant part in the plot.

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