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Terror (1978)

The descendants of a witch hunting family and their close friends are stalked and killed by a mysterious entity.

Director:

Norman J. Warren (as Norman.J.Warren)

Writers:

David McGillivray (screenplay), Les Young (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Nolan ... James Garrick
Carolyn Courage ... Ann Garrick
James Aubrey ... Philip
Sarah Keller Sarah Keller ... Suzy
Tricia Walsh ... Viv
Glynis Barber ... Carol Tucker
Michael Craze ... Gary
Rosie Collins Rosie Collins ... Diane
Chuck Julian Chuck Julian ... Phil the Greek
Elaine Ives-Cameron Elaine Ives-Cameron ... Dolores Hamilton
Patti Love Patti Love ... Hannah
Mary Maude Mary Maude ... Lady Garrick
William Russell ... Lord Garrick
Peter Craze Peter Craze ... The Director
Peter Attard ... Curtis the Actor (as Peter Atiard)
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Storyline

Royal descendants feel the wrath of the curse of condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads removed in various fashions, getting their limbs caught in animal traps, knife wounds, and other methods of medieval torture. Written by Ørnås

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Have You Ever Felt An Evil Presence All Around You ... ? See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De repente, llegó el terror See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The character of Dolores Hamilton was specifically written for Elaine Ives-Cameron to play. See more »

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L.E. Mack ... Mad Dolly is after the Dolly Grip that pushes James Aubrey down the stairs See more »

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More entertaining than such a generic title would indicate.
12 February 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

From Norman J. Warren, the cult horror film director who also graced us with "Inseminoid", "Satan's Slave", and "Prey", and screenwriter David McGillivray, known for his collaborations with another cult icon, Pete Walker, comes this decent supernatural shocker that buffs consider to be something of a knock-off of Dario Argento's "Suspiria". (However, "Terror", distributed stateside by Crown International, would fare better in theatres than "Suspiria".) Much like "Suspiria", it's more about its sometimes palpable atmosphere and its various set pieces than its story. However, it's not that the story ISN'T coherent, if a little thin. A filmmaker named James Garrick (John Nolan) is intent on telling his own family's macabre legacy on film; it seems that a witch had cursed his ancestors and their subsequent generations (this is related in the opening film-within-the-film). Now, a mysterious force is out to murder anybody with a connection to James. Some of the set pieces in "Terror" are really quite good. Granted, less than patient viewers may fidget while Warren and company mark some time to prepare for getting to the good stuff. There is, at least, a delightfully naughty bit of business with the "Bathtime for Brenda" scenes. When the true horror sequences come, they truly are impressive: Suzy (Sarah Keller) having car trouble during a storm and being frightened by a creepy mechanic (Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" franchise), Viv (Tricia Walsh, eventually to become better known for her Internet appearances) getting brutally dispatched by an unseen attacker, Philip (James Aubrey) terrorized inside a studio, and especially the experience of Ann (Carolyn Courage) while she's out in a storm and the car she's in even levitates. Overall, the movie IS slow at times, but redeemed by some game performances and the genuine spooky ambiance of some of its scenes. It's a good if not great movie that delivers in both suspense and gore departments. Its opening is effective, and its resolution is very much to the point: once this movie is over, it's OVER. Seven out of 10.


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