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The Terror ()


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A young officer in Napoleon's Army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.

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Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe / Eric
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Lt. Andre Duvalier
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Helene / Ghost of Ilsa The Baroness Von Leppe
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Stefan (as Richard Miller)
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Katrina, Witch / Eric's Mother
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Gustaf

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Roger Corman
Francis Ford Coppola ... (three or four days director) (uncredited)
Jack Hale ... (one day director) (uncredited)
Monte Hellman ... (few days director) (uncredited)
Jack Hill ... (uncredited)
Dennis Jakob ... (one day director) (uncredited)
Jack Nicholson ... (one final day director) (uncredited)

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Leo Gordon ... (screenplay) and
Jack Hill ... (screenplay)
 
Roger Corman ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Francis Ford Coppola ... associate producer (as Francis Coppola)
Roger Corman ... producer
Harvey Jacobson ... executive producer

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Ronald Stein

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John M. Nickolaus Jr. ... director of photography (as John Nicholaus)
Floyd Crosby ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Stuart O'Brien

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Donald Shebib ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Daniel Haller

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Harry Reif ... (as Harold Reif)

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Marjorie Corso

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Jack Bohrer ... production manager

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Paul Rapp ... assistant director
Francis Ford Coppola ... second unit director (uncredited)

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Richard M. Rubin ... property master (as Richard Rubin)

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John L. Bury ... sound (as John Bury)

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Dennis Jakob ... stunt double: Boris Karloff (uncredited)

Location Management

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Monte Hellman ... location director

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Ronald Stein ... conductor
Les Baxter ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Paul Julian ... titles
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Plot Summary

France, 18th century. Lieutenant Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson) has been accidentally separated from his regiment. He is wandering near the coast when he sees a young woman (Sandra Knight) and asks her for directions to Coldon, where he hopes to rejoin his regiment. But the woman doesn't answer, doesn't even greet him and walks away. Eventually she takes him towards the sea, where she disappears in rough water. Andre loses consciousness while trying to follow her, and is attacked by a bird and awakes in a house where an old woman (Dorothy Neumann) claims never to have seen the woman. After he leaves, he sees the woman again, and while trying to follow her, is saved by a man from certain death. Andre learns that in order to help the girl, he must go to castle of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff), and when he arrives, Andre sees the woman looking out of a window. However, Baron Von Leppe is old and seems reluctant to let Andre in. He claims there's no woman in the castle, but shows Andre a painting which does indeed portray her. Andre learns that she is the Baroness, who died twenty years ago. What is the baron's secret? Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl) and subs111

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Taglines Dracula... Frankenstein... Raptor... And Now... ...The Terror. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Haunting (United States)
  • Roger Corman's The Terror: Original Uncut Version (United States)
  • Lady of the Shadows (United States)
  • Roger Corman's The Terror (United States)
  • The Night of Terror (United Kingdom)
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  • 81 min
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Trivia Roger Corman made this picture in the midst of a cycle of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations and considers it an "honorary member" of that cycle. The previous Poe pictures had ended with the castle or mansion being destroyed by fire (Corman's crew had some to look forward to "fire day") but with this one, Corman decided to change the formula and have the castle destroyed by a flood instead. Noting the abundance of Second Unit Directors who had worked on the film, four, to that point, Jack Nicholson requested and received permission to direct the climactic flood sequence himself. See more »
Goofs When the castle floods, some of the stone floats. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Deathstalker II (1987). See more »
Quotes Helene: The crypt! It must be destroyed, and with it the dead.
Andre: Don't speak of the dead anymore. You're with me now.
Helene: I am possessed of the dead.
Andre: You're a warm living woman. Who has told you these things?
Helene: The dead.
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