Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Trilogy Of Terror (1975) aka Tales Of Terror aka Terror Of The Doll

4 / 5

Tagline: N/A
Directed By: Dan Curtis
Written By: Richard Matheson
Actors Include: Karen Black, Robert Burton, Jim Storm
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Length: 72 minutes
Banned: nope
Country: USA

This may have been made for tv, but it's one of the best of it's kind. It's not exactly all and it's not really scary but it's actually just three good stories which all have little twists nicely executed all starting the lovely Karen Black. They are kind of predictable and you could in essence show this to most kids, but the last of the three stories does have a little something extra and it is definitely the one you'll walk away remembering. The first story is about a teacher who is being "seduced" by one of her students. He takes her out on a date, drugs her then takes pictures to blackmail the teacher into seeing him, until the twist happens. The second story is about Millicent, a prudesish uppity girl who is convinced her twin sister Therese is up to no good and cavorting with men. Well she's right, and it starts to drive her to the brink, she even calls her therapist to try and get things under control, but again there is a twist. The last and most exciting story is about a woman who buys a Zuni Warrior doll for her boyfriend's birthday. She's supposed to have dinner with him, but her annoying mother insists she is to come over instead. Well everything is going okay until she can't find the Zuni doll, it's come to life! This must have inspired "Child's Play" and just about every other doll come to life story that I've seen. It's actually relatively creepy and satisfying and it's the best reason to come to this movie. Still everything is really well explained and even with three stories it clocks in under eighty minutes, so it's a cute little time waster that will help you better appreciate Karen Black, what's wrong with that?

Availability:  On DVD

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