Trilogy of Terror (1975) – movie review

***Top Television Horror Movies of the 1970’s***

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Trilogy of Terror (1975)

directed by Dan Curtistop 1970's TV horror - small
written by Richard Matheson
and William F. Nolan

Starring:
Karen Black
Robert Burton
John Karlen
George Gaynes

Trilogy of Terror posterDan Curtis and Richard Matheson are together again for another exceptional TV movie, perhaps the best of the lot. Karen Black plays 4 different characters in three separate stories of this horror anthology film. The last segment has pushed this made-for-TV film into legendary cult status. A lonely woman gets a Polynesian Zuni Fetish Doll as a gift. When handling it she knocks off it’s protection necklace and the thing comes to life with a thirst for blood and death. The battle between Karen Black’s character, Amelia, and the evil warrior doll in a small claustrophobic apartment is one of the great conflicts in horror films. That doll still haunts the dark corridors of my nightmares. While everyone talks about the Zuni Fetish doll episode, ‘Amelia‘, the other two stories are quite good also. Karen Black who at the time had not been considered a horror film actress excelled in the lead roles of this film and especially the last segment. If you have not seen this film I recommend that you do it. Hopefully it still stands the test of time and new viewers are as frightened by it as original viewers were in the 1970’s.

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Fun facts:

During the “Julie” segment, a shy teacher agrees to go to a movie with a student. The movie is supposedly a French vampire film, but what we see on the screen are scenes from The Night Stalker.

Karen Black came up with the idea of grinning and showing fang-like teeth similar to the ‘zuni’ doll in the final scene of  ‘Amelia.’

In the Nightmares and Dreamscapes episode, “Battleground” (Stephen King) the hitman has the Zuni fetish doll from “Trilogy of Terror” in a display case.

 

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(TV Guide Ad pic thanks to ‘Joe’s Rec Room’)

18 thoughts on “Trilogy of Terror (1975) – movie review

  1. I actually watched Trilogy Of Terror 2 just a couple of nights ago, not as good as the first but still OK (it did have the lovely Lysette Anthony in it though, which upped its ‘must watch’ rating for me.)

  2. The story the Zuni Fetish segment is based on is called Prey and is available in most any Matheson collection. But you probably knew that.

  3. That doll gave me nightmares. I love the film. And Karen Black has always been a favorite of mine. She was so perfect for the part. Looked absolutely diabolical in the end.

  4. Pingback: Top Television Horror Movies of the 1970’s – Top Honors! | parlor of horror

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