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The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror) (1963)

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Release Date: Jun 17, 1963 Wide

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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

Sep 15, 1998

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

Nicholson gave the best analysis of the film in a later-career interview: "It was incredibly bad."

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Scene by scene, it's a delightful Ovidian creature

February 22, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Moody, not-quite-coherent suspense

September 13, 2005
Film Journal International

Tepid, shoddy stuff despite its pedigree.

February 4, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Terror is more boring than it is scary.

October 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Corman's PLAN 9.

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September 1, 2013
spielberg00

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It didn't give me "The Terror", but this still managed to be a pretty enjoyable Poe-esque chiller. It is interesting seeing young Jack Nicholson in the lead role before he became a huge star. The film that was essentially made around 3 days worth of footage of legendary horror icon Boris Karloff. Roger Corman filmed the Boris Karloff-footage and passed on the film to young directors like Francis Ford Coppola and even Jack Nicholson directed a few scenes. For a film that was passed down to many filmmakers, the story is surprisingly coherent. The film manages to conjure up a fun chilling atmosphere with it's foggy grave sites, dark corridors, and gritty film quality. Boris Karloff is awesome and Jack Nicholson does a good job carrying the film but his acting is not as mind-blowing as his future films. This movie is public domain so you can easily watch this movie on youtube. Go ahead and check it out.
April 27, 2012
Christopher Heim

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I really like this movie, it has some great stars, and the story is really cool. This is a spooky horror movie, and I enjoyed it.
November 24, 2010
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