Thriller (1960–1962)
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Trio for Terror 

3 stories in this episode. First, a young man kills his uncle, not realizing that his uncle was a warlock. In the second tale, a man breaks the bank at a casino, but may not live through ... See full summary »

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Ida Lupino

Writers:

Nelson Bond (story "The Mask of Medusa"), Wilkie Collins (story "A Terribly Strange Bed") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Reginald Owen ... The Hussar ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
John Abbott ... Kriss Milo ('The Mask of Medusa')
Robin Hughes ... Collins ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Michael Pate ... Shanner ('The Mask of Medusa')
Richard Lupino Richard Lupino ... Simon ('The Extra Passenger')
Terence de Marney ... Uncle Julian ('The Extra Passenger')
Noel Drayton ... Superintendent ('The Mask of Medusa')
Peter Brocco ... Major Domo ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Richard Peel ... Inspector ('The Mask of Medusa')
Richard Flato Richard Flato ... Croupier ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Jacqueline Squire Jacqueline Squire ... Old Woman ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Iris Bristol Iris Bristol ... Katie ('The Extra Passenger')
Francis Bethencourt Francis Bethencourt ... Ashton ('A Terribly Strange Bed')
Gilchrist Stuart Gilchrist Stuart ... Train Guard ('The Extra Passenger') (as Gil Stuart)
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3 stories in this episode. First, a young man kills his uncle, not realizing that his uncle was a warlock. In the second tale, a man breaks the bank at a casino, but may not live through the night. In the third tale, a sculptor/artist shows off his "Chamber of Horrors" of killers, but are they actually sculptures? Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Three tales with no real irony or chills.
24 October 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The style of "Trio for Terror" is very different from other episodes of "Thriller". Instead of the usual hour-long show, this one was broken into three short stories. Unfortunately, none of them are particularly compelling or ironic or scary.

The first story is "The Extra Passenger". A man is goaded on to kill by his girlfriend and it all seems pretty easy, sneaking onto a train afterwards to create an alibi. The second is "A Terribly Strange Bed" and it's about a man who wins a lot of money in a gambling house...only to nearly be murdered there by a mechanical bed that squishes people. The third is "The Mask of Medusa" and it's about a man with a murderers museum and all the killers were turned to stone by Medusa's head.

While these stories could have worked, none of them were made especially well. Normal story elements seem strangely missing and each is a misfire. Odd and unsatisfying....like receiving nothing but white underwear for Christmas instead of cool presents!


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