Trilogy of Terror (1975)




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Producer/director Dan Curtis, actress Karen Black and authors William F. Nolan and Richard Matheson were the creative forces behind the made-for-TV Trilogy of Terror. Per its title, the film consists of three goose-pimply playlets. In "Millicent and Therese," Ms. Black is cast as twins, one beautiful, one dowdy, engaged in a deadly game of one-upsmanship. In "Julie," Black plays an outwardly straight-laced schoolteacher, who is being blackmailed by one of her students. The best is saved for … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: William F. Nolan, Richard Matheson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 1999
MPI Home Video



as Julie/Millicent Lari...

as Dr. Chester Ramsey

as Thomas Amman

as Chad Foster

as Eddie Nells

as Anne Richards

as Eddie Nells

as Arthur Moore

as Motel Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Trilogy of Terror

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

May 30, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

One of the most underwhelming anthology horror films I've ever seen...

Full Review… | October 17, 2010
Cinema Crazed

By the time the Zuni fetish doll bursts onto the screen and worms its way into your nightmares (or your heart), you'll be fully convinced that you've seen at least one-third of a genre classic.

Full Review… | June 28, 2010

Demonic doll doling out death? Delightful!

Full Review… | August 28, 2006

It's the Karen Black Show!

Full Review… | June 20, 2006
Slant Magazine

Love that Karen Black and her little witch doctor! Ouch!

June 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Trilogy of Terror

This classic made for TV horror anthology is one of the finest in the horror genre. Featuring three well constructed and terrifying stories, aided with a stunning performance by actress Karen Black, who is featured in all three stories, Trilogy of Terror remains one of the standout films of the 70's, one of the best films that has never really got the credit it deserved. Karen delivers a great performance in all three stories, and it's one of the key aspects to why the film is this good. The other is the writing of horror icon Richard Matheson, who wrote the film, wrote a solid story and it is a film that is truly terrifying, and is sure to appeal to genre fans. Director Dan Curtis crafts a terrific film, and for a Made for TV affair, it's definitely one of the best I've seen. What makes Trilogy of Terror such a good film is that it's a film that doesn't use great gimmicks to terrify you, the ideas here are simple, but the terror factor is high. Matheson's script is excellent and he knows how to get the most out of his ideas by using simple ideas, which are much more terrifying than elaborate concepts that fizzle out. For me, the best story was the third one, "Amelia", which is features the famous Zuni Doll, upon seeing that, it was one of the most terrifying things that you've witnessed, and it's one of the most accomplished, well executed of the three stories, and all three of them are very good and overall top notch terror. If you're in the mood for one of the greatest horror anthologies that has ever been committed to film, definitely watch Trilogy of Terror, it's a fairly short film at 72 minutes in length, but it's memorable from start to finish, and it's one of the most underrated and worthwhile horror gems that I have seen in a very long time.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I was really surprised and impressed by Karen Black in this movie, she plays all the main characters in the movie perfectly, it's very cool. The first two stories are a bit predictable, but fun. The last one is unpredictable and exciting. I really enjoyed this movie, it's a great anthology horror film, and I recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

The first two stories are fine but the justly famous final one is enough to make you jumpy for days after.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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