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Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

William F. Nolan (teleplay), Richard Matheson (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karen Black ... Julie / Millicent Larimore / Therese Larimore / Amelia
Robert Burton Robert Burton ... Chad Foster
John Karlen ... Thomas Amman
George Gaynes ... Dr. Chester Ramsey
Jim Storm ... Eddie Nells
Gregory Harrison ... Arthur Moore
Kathryn Reynolds Kathryn Reynolds ... Anne Richards
Tracy Curtis ... Tracy
Orin Cannon Orin Cannon ... Motel Clerk
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Storyline

Three stories interwoven together. The first, about a college student infatuated with his teacher. The second, a paranoid tale of two sisters - one good, the other evil, and the third about an African tribal doll that comes to life and terrorizes a woman in her apartment. Written by Humberto Amador

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An electrifying experience - you won't believe your eyes!

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amelia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The crew trying to make the Zuni doll come to life kept on laughing because sometimes bits fell off, like an arm or it's head. Richard Matheson insisted that he adapted his own short story "Prey" himself because he knew that this had to be the most frightening story in the trilogy. See more »

Goofs

When Amelia crouches down with the knife at the end of the third segment, the stage light keeping her face lit for the camera loses track of her for a moment. See more »

Quotes

Chad Foster: You've drugged me!
Julie: [Flippant] No dear, I've killed you.
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three is definitely company here (and you'd better believe that #3 is the charm)
14 August 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I've read about how the '70s saw several TV movies (e.g., "Brian's Song" and "Sybil"). It seems that when people make the list, they often forget about "Trilogy of Terror". This one has three vignettes, each featuring Karen Black in the midst of something horrific. What's really fascinating is how they manage to make it so scary without having gore or special effects (actually, maybe that's why it's so scary; gore and special effects would make it silly).

In the first segment, Black plays a literature teacher forced to have an affair with a lecherous student (Robert Burton)...but boy, does she have a surprise for him! In the second segment, she plays two sisters - one laid-back nebbish and one evil floozy - and the nebbish wants to get rid of the floozy...however, there's another side to the whole predicament. The third segment is no doubt the most famous, where she gets terrorized by the killer Zuni fetish...and wait until you see what ends up happening! Anyway, this just goes to show what you can accomplish with simple horror. I certainly didn't see any of those endings coming. But also, "Trilogy of Terror" shows that Karen Black is a better actress than we give her credit for. Truly worth seeing.

And remember, be careful with those chemicals!


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