The Terror

Overview

In this horror chiller, an intriguing, beautiful woman Sandra Knight keeps re-appearing to early 19th-century Lt. Duvalier Jack Nicholson, and he is led to a castle where he finds an imposter of Baron Von Leppe Boris Karloff. He becomes trapped in the ancient castle and tries to make sense of the eerie situation. Director Roger Corman with the help of a few other directors, including Francis Ford Coppola shot most of this within a few days after finishing The Raven--utilizing ...
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Overview

In this horror chiller, an intriguing, beautiful woman Sandra Knight keeps re-appearing to early 19th-century Lt. Duvalier Jack Nicholson, and he is led to a castle where he finds an imposter of Baron Von Leppe Boris Karloff. He becomes trapped in the ancient castle and tries to make sense of the eerie situation. Director Roger Corman with the help of a few other directors, including Francis Ford Coppola shot most of this within a few days after finishing The Raven--utilizing the same set.
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Special Features

Movie trailer; Original movie art postcard included ; Before & after restoration demo
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
As a cinematic experience, The Terror is third-rate at best, a long-winded fable that limps in circles, too haphazard to be great art and not outrageous enough to be great trash. Still, the true student of B-movie mythology may want to spend an hour with it anyway, notorious as the film is for being one of low-budget director Roger Corman's classic rush jobs. After wrapping up his humorous horror free-for-all The Raven early, Corman had two extra days left of Boris Karloff's contract that he was loathe to waste. So, instead of tearing down the sets, Karloff was walked through a series of hastily prepared scenes with co-stars Jack Nicholson and Richard Miller. Corman then subcontracted the direction of remaining exteriors and connecting sequences to various assistants, including Francis Ford Coppola and future cult filmmakers Jack Hill and Monte Hellman, with even Nicholson helming a few shots. With more directors than some omnibus films and no time for a proper script, The Terror was bound to baffle, and its slippery story eventually becomes too sluggish to bother deciphering. While the film is worth little more than an amusing anecdote in Corman's colorful legend, he got lots of mileage out of this patchwork monster. Five years later, Corman again found himself owed two days' work by Karloff, so neophyte director Peter Bogdanovich was offered 20 minutes worth of footage from The Terror to use if he could incorporate it into a new feature for the horror icon. The result was the taut, fascinating Targets, which cast Karloff as an aging horror star whose personal appearance at a drive-in is interrupted by a deranged sniper; of course, The Terror is the program onscreen during the mayhem. Corman productions continued to cannibalize chunks of The Terror in years to come, usually in self-referential spoofs like the silly but enjoyable 1976 comedy Hollywood Boulevard, which featured Richard Miller relaxing at a drive-in and enjoying his own performance from 13 years earlier.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • UPC: 851169003070
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Rating:

  • Source: Film Chest Company
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:19:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 17,221

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff Baron Von Leppe
Jack Nicholson Lt. Andre Duvalier
Sandra Knight Helene
Richard Miller Stefan
Dorothy Neumann Old Woman
Jonathan Haze Gustaf
Leo Gordon
Technical Credits
Roger Corman Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Francis Ford Coppola Producer
Marjorie D. Corso Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo Gordon Screenwriter
Daniel Haller Art Director
Jack Hill Screenwriter
John M. Nickolaus Jr. Cinematographer
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design
Ronald Stein Score Composer
Alfred Taylor Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Terror
1. Lost and Delusional [:01]
2. Mystery Girl [6:32]
3. The Second Coming [6:03]
4. Awaken the Dead [5:42]
5. Unearthly Presence [5:33]
6. Let the Dead Lie [6:11]
7. Hypnotic State [6:59]
8. The Lieutenant Investigates [6:04]
9. No Way Out [6:06]
10. Tormented [7:44]
11. The Eternal Bond [6:44]
12. The Last Rite [7:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Terror
   Play Movie
   Chapter Select
   Setup
      Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Trailer
   Restoration Demo
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