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Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 4 March 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 a Native American 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tales of Terror 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

Robert Burton, who played Chad, guest starred in the "That mouth is x rated" episode of the Bill Cosby Show, in 1970. See more »

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When Amelia has the doll in the oven and is holding the door closed, you can clearly see the tubing that pumped the blood from when the doll bit her neck. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Amelia: [into the phone] This is Amelia, mom. I'm sorry I acted the way I did. I think we should spend the evening together... just the way we planned. It's kind of late though. Why don't you come by my place and we'll go from here? No, I'm all right! Good. I'll be waiting for you.
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Black's Performances Are Terrific
29 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Trilogy of Terror (1975)

*** (out of 4)

Dan Curtis made a number of made-for-television films but none of them has survived as long as this one as it continues to gain new fans each and every years thanks in large part to its final story. In the film, Karen Black appears in all three stories and plays four different parts and her acting certainly helps make TRILOGY OF TERROR so memorable.

The first story has Black playing a professor who pretty much stays alone in her room but she reluctantly agrees to go on a date with a student who ends up drugging her and taking some sexual photos of her. He then plans on blackmailing her but there's one thing he doesn't know. JULIE is a good film to start off on as it's certainly slow-moving but at the same time it delivers a nice little twist that actually works quite well. This segment certainly flows very well and keeps you entertained throughout.

In the second story, "Millicent and Therese" Black plays both characters. One is a oh- too-serious woman and the other her more sluty sister. They are both well aware of a doctor who has taken care of them from childhood but the wiser sister makes a plan to take care of her evil sister for good. This is the least entertaining of the three stories because it really takes a while for it to get going. The twist itself isn't as good as the first story and you should see it coming from a mile away but Black is certainly wonderful in both roles.

Finally, "Amelia" has Black playing a woman who decides to stay home alone when a Zuni doll she bought for her boyfriend comes to life and starts to stalk her. It's funny and easy to see why this story scared so many people and it's really the main reason the movie is remembered today. The impact this portion of the film had on people is quite great to read about and it's certainly the best of the three. Black is terrific as the tormented lady but the Zuni doll easily steals the picture with its screams and incredibly ugly teeth. I certainly won't ruin the final shot but it's a classic.

TRILOGY OF TERROR had all three stories written by Richard Matheson so the quality is certainly there. It's funny but the first two stories are a lot more laid back compared to the third so it almost seems like the third should have been in a different series of films but it really doesn't matter. That third story is just pure madness from start to finish and it works extremely well. Black is certainly the main key here because she plays four different types of characters and does justice to them all. Curtis certainly handles all of the material perfectly and helps makes this one of the better made-for-TV movies.


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