Experiment in Terror (1962)

Experiment in Terror


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Movie Info

FBI agent John Ripley is called in to investigate a bank robbery. A terrified bank clerk tells Ripley that the sadistic mastermind of the crime threatens to kill her if she doesn't steal $100,000. Ripley's efforts are hampered by the fact that criminal Red Lunch is a master of disguise.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Gordon Gordon, Mildred Gordon, Gordon Elliott
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On DVD: Jun 10, 2003
Sony Pictures Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for Experiment in Terror

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This stylish noir thriller is one of Blak Edwards' best films and one of the genre's highlights, well acted by Lee Remick, exquisitely shot by Philip Lathrop, and moodily composed by Henry Mancini, who contributes a great jazz score

Full Review… | December 14, 2010

One of director Blake Edwards' best w/terrific Mancini score.

January 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for Experiment in Terror


like a bridge between film noir detective stories and the modern thriller, this really was an experiment on the part of blake edwards, much better known for his light comedies. made immediately after the charming if over-rated breakfast at tiffany's, the film pioneered techniques used to great effect by depalma among others in the 80's. it looks a little dated now but this is a solid and influential piece of work

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Unfortunately, Experiment in Terror was one of those pesky "those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it" moments for me when I let high expectations ruin this movie for me. I heard David Lynch's name thrown around a lot when being told and reading about this movie. That alone wrote Experiment in Terror's death certificate. Its one of the very last noir movies so it's one of the last of its kind from that era. It starts off with sharp imagery and a score to go nuts over by Henry Mancini. It started great, started nodding off toward the middle, then eventually started snoring pretty damn loud be the end. Its definitely not bad and I can see even a small influence it had on Lynch, but its definitely not worth busting your balls over to get a copy of. Impress a film teacher with it, I don't know.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

If you have patience to sit around & wait for something to happen then watch this movie but if you don't........ I found Experiment In Terror to be boring & the only thing I enjoyed about it was the opening scene & the bathroom scene towards the end.Other then that, I felt like I was watching some cheap old low budget B/W cops Vs. criminal B movie

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

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