Trilogy of Terror (1975 franchise)

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"Nine tales of mystery, imagination and suspense!" A series of anthology horror movies directed by Dan Curtis with stories written by Richard Matheson and other well-known weird horror writers:

  • Trilogy of Terror (1975 film)
  • Dead of Night (1977 film)
  • Trilogy of Terror II (1996 film)

Summary

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  • TRILOGY OF TERROR 1975: Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women. "Julie": a college student stalks, drugs, and attempts to blackmail his teacher in this macabre crime story. "Millecent and Therese": a tale of rivalry between twin women, one repressed and prudish and the other worldly and seductive, which takes a turn for the bizarre when one is driven to murder the other with black magic. "Amelia": the infamous tale of a woman being stalked by a fanged, knife-wielding, animated Zuni fetish doll....
  • DEAD OF NIGHT 1977: This anthology tells three strange stories. "Second Chance": a man restores an antique roadster which transports him back in time. "No Such Thing as a Vampire": a woman is terrorized by a vampire. "Bobby": a grieving mother goes to unnatural lengths to see her drowned son again.
  • TRILOGY OF TERROR 1996: "The Graveyard Rats": a scheming wife and her lover plot to murder her wealthy husband, and find themselves terrorized by the titular graveyard rats when forced to dig him up again. "Bobby": A remake of the story of the same name from the previous movie. "He Who Kills": a remake of the Zuni doll story "Amelia" from the earlier 1975 film.


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Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG-R (Violence, mild Adult Content and Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not particularly Lovecraftian, but the "Graveyard Rats", "Bobby", and Zuni doll segments show promise...

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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  • TRILOGY OF TERROR 1975: Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women. "Julie": a college student stalks, drugs, and attempts to blackmail his teacher in this macabre crime story; in a surprise twist, the teacher is actually far more experienced and skilled at seduction and crime than the student is. "Millecent and Therese": a tale of rivalry between twin women, one repressed and prudish and the other worldly and seductive, which takes a turn for the bizarre when one is driven to murder the other with black magic: we discover they are the same woman. "Amelia": the infamous tale of a woman being stalked and possessed by a fanged, knife-wielding, animated Zuni fetish doll....
  • DEAD OF NIGHT 1977: This anthology tells three strange stories. "Second Chance": a gentle Twilight Zone style story of a man who restores an antique roadster which transports him back in time to discover a couple clever plot twists. "No Such Thing as a Vampire": a woman is terrorized by a vampire, and her husband hires a specialist to help. "Bobby": a grieving mother makes a pact with the devil to see her drowned son again.
  • TRILOGY OF TERROR 1996: This anthology tells one new story, and retells two older stories from the previous anthologies. "The Graveyard Rats": a scheming wife and her lover plot to murder her wealthy husband, only to find that his wealth is locked in a vault and the only combination was buried with him, and together the crooked couple find themselves terrorized by the titular graveyard rats when forced to dig the dead husband up again. "Bobby": A remake of the story of the same name from the 1977 film. "He Who Kills": a sequel of the Zuni doll story "Amelia" from the earlier 1975 film.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The killer Zuni doll is often described by fans of the movie as one of the scariest dolls to ever appear on film.


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