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Terror (1978)

R | | Horror | 26 October 1979 (USA)
The descendants of a witch hunting family and their close friends are stalked and killed by a mysterious entity.


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


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




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 ... 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)


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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Colin Howells is dubbed by Jeremy Bulloch. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit brief closeup shots during the staircase stabbing of Viv. Later UK video and DVD releases were uncut and the transfers supervised by Norman J. Warren though the prints were slightly edited, missing a shot of the knife cutting through Viv's foot and some dialogue during the 'Bathtime With Brenda' sequence, which are intact in US and German releases. See more »


References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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Cheap 'n' cheerful supernatural thriller
7 February 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews


Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Mono

Supernatural horror descends on the members of a low budget movie company when they film the true story of a 17th century witch who was burnt at the stake.

Director Norman J. Warren continued his successful creative partnership with writer David McGillivray (initiated with SATAN'S SLAVE in 1976) for this supernatural shocker, in which the ghost of an ancient witch is revived in 20th century suburbia. Warren cheerfully acknowledges the film's visual debt to SUSPIRIA (1976), with its garish colors and outlandish death scenes (including a window-cum-guillotine which appears to have inspired a similar sequence in Dario Argento's INFERNO), though McGillivray can't resist taking an opportunity to poke fun at the world of low budget British movie-making (the scenes involving production of softcore opus "Bathtime With Brenda" are a hoot!). Les Young's atmospheric photography is a big plus, and the actors are enthusiastic, but the film is undermined by poor dialogue, lack of adequate plotting, and threadbare production values, 'qualities' which are treasured by die-hard fans. Thankfully, Warren includes as much gore as the British censor would allow at the time, and exploits the makeshift scenario for all it's worth. Ultimately, TERROR is the cinematic equivalent of those 'penny dreadful' horror novels which cluttered British bookshelves throughout the 1970's.

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