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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.

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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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In the first segment, "Julie", when Chad goes to get a room, he uses the fake name of Jonathan Harker, a name taken from the Bram Stoker novel "Dracula". See more »

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The wire that is used to make the doll's chain fall off is visible just over its head before the chain falls. See more »

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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 See 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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