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Tower of Terror 

A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.


D.J. MacHale


D.J. MacHale

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Guttenberg ... Buzzy Crocker
Kirsten Dunst ... Anna Petterson
Nia Peeples ... Jill Perry
Michael McShane ... Chris 'Q' Todd
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Abigail Gregory
Melora Hardin ... Claire Poulet
Alastair Duncan ... Gilbert London
Lindsay Ridgeway ... Sally Shine
John Franklin ... Dewey Todd
Wendy Worthington ... Emeline Partridge
Lela Ivey Lela Ivey ... Patricia Petterson
Richard Minchenberg ... Dr. Daniels
Marcus Smythe Marcus Smythe ... Sergeon
Don Perry ... Great Grand Dad
Michael Waltman Michael Waltman ... Reporter


The film starts out when 5 people walk into an elevator, but something goes very wrong. The elevator collapses 11 floors and the five people roam around the hotel as ghosts. 60 years later, reporter Buzzy (Steve Guttenberg) and his niece Anna (Kirsten Dunst) are trying to find out the mystery of the hotel. An old lady named Abigail tells them that if they find a belonging of each person on the elevator they will be free from the hotel. Written by Cory Thompson

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Hotel Guests Check In...But They Don't Check Out!


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Release Date:

26 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Torre do Terror See more »

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Walt Disney Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Every time the hotel is seen from the outside, the Hollywood sign is seen behind it. In the 1939 sequence, the sign reads "Hollywoodland" which was the what the sign said back in those times. See more »


In the opening music montage at the Hollywood hotel, you see the band playing and they show a closeup of a man in the band wearing modern seeing glasses. See more »


Claire Poulet: My name is Claire Poulet.
Anna Petterson: [rolls eyes] You know, Poulet in French means "chicken."
Claire Poulet: [stunned] Really?
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Remade as Tower of Terror See more »


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4/10 - Needs A Lot Of Work!
21 March 2002 | by clob_laneSee all my reviews

"A Thrill Ride!" it says on the front cover. Well, it was not that good! The plot was weak, acting was weak...but I guess as it is a childrens first horror movie it cannot contain much profanity, or as much excitement as we are into. However, Tower of Terror did manage to hold my interests, as I am into those old haunted hotel chillers such as "Nightmare on the 13th Floor (1990) (TV)" and "Shining, The (1980)."

Steven Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst star as two relatives, an uncle and his niece as they uncover a case surrounding the old Hollywood Tower Hotel, where some guests disappeared, including famous childstarlet Sally. An old woman gives a key to the close family members and they must unlock the book that uncovers the entire story.

Steve Guttenberg only delivers some achievement as the poor bogus newspaper journalist, unlike Kirsten Dunst who delivers great strength in her role as Anna, the determined niece of Uncle Buzzy played by Guttenberg. The old woman (I don't know her real name) is alright in her role, but her evil cackles are sometimes over done.

Take it from me, I bought this and it is not something I would want to keep. Maybe rent, once or twice, but...really.

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