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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 ... 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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Did You Know?


Disney used this TV movie to test the waters of turning Disney Parks attractions into movies. What followed was Mission to Mars (2000), The Country Bears (2002), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), The Haunted Mansion (2003) and others. Only "Pirates" became a continued franchise. See more »


Near the end of the movie, when Abigail Gregory professes that "the spell is cast" and the elevator "will crash the way it was suppose too 60 years ago", the mathematics of that statement is incorrect. Since the movie is set both in 1997 and 1939, that is a time gap of 58 years. 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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Good for the kids. Bad for Steve Guttenberg.
12 January 2012 | by TransAtlantykSee all my reviews

If you are planning on showing this to a child they will enjoy themselves and might even get a little fright out of the story. To an adult the plot is very cliché and poorly executed but the children will have a fun time. The characters are likable enough and Dunst and Guttenberg both give decent though movie-of-the-week type performances.

It is very much a low-rent television movie but it is good enough for the kids. There are ghosts and other spooky things but I don't think a parent would find too much to find offense with in the movie.

Watch if you want to show a child something a little more thrilling to them but don't expect too much yourself.

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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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1.33 : 1
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