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Trilogy of Terror (Special Edition) (1975)

Karen Black , Robert Burton , Dan Curtis  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen, George Gaynes, Jim Storm
  • Directors: Dan Curtis
  • Writers: Richard Matheson, William F. Nolan
  • Producers: Dan Curtis, Robert Singer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJZO2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trilogy of Terror (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by actress Karen Black and writer William F. Nolan
  • "Richard Matheson: Terror Scribe" featurette
  • "Three Colors Black" featurette

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Legendary producer / director Dan Curtis (DARK SHADOWS, THE NIGHT STALKER) teams up with writers Richard Matheson (I AM LEGEND, THE TWILIGHT ZONE) and William F. Nolan (LOGAN’S RUN, BURNT OFFERINGS) to present three tales of horrific suspense in this made-for-television anthology that also showcases the tremendous acting talent of Karen Black (FIVE EASY PIECES, THE DAY OF THE LOCUST), who plays no less than four distinct roles. In "Julie," an aggressive college student seduces and ultimately blackmails his seemingly shy English professor. In "Millicent and Therese," two polar-opposite sisters become increasingly hell-bent on the undoing of one another. And in "Amelia," a woman falls prey to a murderous Zuni fetish doll.

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRILOGY OF TERROR: The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black October 12, 2001
This very good three-part 1970s-era TV movie is a veritable cornucopia of talent. Based on stories by well-known genre author Richard Matheson and directed by Dan Curtis of DARK SHADOWS fame, this film boasts Karen Black (EASY RIDER; FIVE EASY PIECES; THE GREAT GATSBY) in four separate roles, with two teleplays scripted by William F. Nolan (co-author of the famous novel LOGAN'S RUN) and one--the best of the lot--scripted by Matheson. Also appearing in supporting roles are well-known actors George Gaynes and Gregory Harrison.
Story one, "Julie," is an intentionally ambiguous witchcraft tale in which Black portrays a bookish college professor who isn't quite what she seems. The story contains some very subtle rape and S&M innuendo, and there is a fun little twist to the ending. "Millicent and Therese," the second offering, is the weakest of the lot. Although Black does a fine job in the dual role of bickering "sisters," the audience can see the ending coming from miles away. The final and strongest of the three stories, "Amelia," is based on Matheson's famous short-story "Prey" about a voodoo fetish doll that comes to life and hunts down a woman in her midtown apartment. The ending to this one is very creepy.
All in all, TRILOGY OF TERROR is a worthy little horror flick. Though it is a TV movie á la 1975 and therefore suffers from some of the low-budget production qualities common to such, it certainly offers some fun moments of dark humor and a few genuine scares. The print used to make the DVD has some noticeable scratches and spots that could've been cleaned up digitally, but it's still definitely worth the price of admission.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally again on DVD September 7, 2006
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE NEW 2006 SPECIAL EDITION VERSION. WORTH BUYING. I LOVE IT. When I first saw this on TV in the 1970's it scared me half to death. Karen Black stars in 3 short stories. But as many reviewers here have posted, the most famous is the final story called Amelia about a woman who buys a doll for a boyfriend which comes to life and chases her around her apartment like a rabid animal. In my opinion it is the third story that has caused Trilogy of Terror to be remembered after all these years. The third story is a classic among terror films. In 1999 another company (Anchor Bay) released this on DVD but after they sold out their batch I don't think they released anymore. That is why if you find someone selling it on Amazon or elsewhere you can expect to pay up to $500 for it. I bought one at a Horror Movie convention and it turned up being a bootleg and when I took it home it didn't play. I lost my money. Finally it is out again. This time by a different company and I am impressed with this version. The film has been completely restored and is crystal clear like you are watching it back when it was first released. I was highly impressed with the visual restoration. Exceeded my expecations here. The interviews with Karen Black and writer Matheson are great and informative. Karen looks great for her age and, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated actresses. Just a joy to watch. I haven't yet watched the entire disc from start to finish. Truthfully, I got if for the third story only and if that was all the disc had I still would of bought it. Not to say the first two stories aren't bad. They are actually pretty good. But if you asked a 100 people why they like Trilogy of Terror...they will likely mention the third story about the Doll. Read more ›
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time great horror anthology classic! September 22, 2006
This collection of three stories focusing on women characters featuring b-movie actress Karen Black in four roles starts off with the first tale called "Julie" has a college professor dating a student only to find out he's trying to kill her, next is "Millicent and Therese" about two sisters who live with each other are hellbent on killing each other off and finally "Amelia" has a woman being terrorized by an evil African Zuni fetish doll.

A classic made-for-TV horror anthology from the writer of "The Twilight Zone" Richard Matheson and the creator of "Dark Shadows" Dan Curtis combines three original tales of terror with superb performances by Ms. Black to make an all-time horror classic of the 70's. Each has a stylish twist at the end of all three stories and the real star of the show besides Ms. Black is the famed African Zuni Fetish doll which is still the king of all killer dolls so move over Chucky or Blade from "Puppet Master".

This special edition DVD has good picture and sound quality with two featurettes and one interview, this is a must have for fans of horror, killer doll movies and horror anthologies.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HELLA SCARY!!!! January 25, 2004
Wow, I had no idea so many other people were traumitized by this film when they were kids! I don't feel so alone now. My sister and I saw this film back in the early 80s and it scared the living crap out of me. I couldn't sleep for maybe 2 weeks straight after watching it. I kept thinking that damn doll was underneath my bed or opening my door. Every little noise that I heard in my room I thought was that bastard walking around my bed. UGH I never wanna go through that again! I used to hate taking baths cause of that scene where she tries to drown it in the tub and it pops it's ugly head out of the water. To this very day, I see a green old suitcase and I think of her trying to capture it in there. What I don't get is WHY on earth would she even buy such a hideous looking thing in the first place! I'd never bring such an evil looking thing like that into my living room and I would have tossed it outside the window the second I got my hands on it. The damn doll is scary enough just looking at it, when you add him running around like a maniac with that knife and making that horrible screaming sound well it's just a zillion times worse. I am 27 years old now and I have seen this movie since I was a child and I STILL find it very frightening. I try to laugh at how ridiculous the whole thing is but I can't get over my fear of it. To this day I won't watch it, I saw it on DVD the other day in a store and I nearly freaked just seeing the cover. I hope the people that made this movie know how many children and adults it has terrified over the years. Karen Black is once scary chick! She will always remind me of that movie and therefore I can never watch one of her movies again lol. We should start a Trilogy of Terror therapy group!! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I watched this as a kid, the doll chasing her is the best. I'm glad I found this movie on amazon.
Published 14 days ago by George De La Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I remember this from when it aired on TV when I was a child. I never forgot that doll.
Published 1 month ago by Jeanine Von Essen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great showcase for Karen Black!
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5.0 out of 5 stars strange talents
Starring Karen Black, this is a trilogy of terror tales written by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and William F. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Isobel Poe
4.0 out of 5 stars love it so much
This little dude still shows up in my nightmares, love it so much. The films are short and somewhat cheaply made but that's half the charm, the other half being a demonic Zuni doll... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brittany Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My husband really enjoyed this movie. He's been a fan of Karen Black for years. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Scarred me for life. Thanks ABC.
When I was a kid in the 70s (I was born in 1969), I saw part of this on an ABC channel in California's Bay Area as a made-for-TV special and that doll scared the living sh-- out of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One the greatest movies typical Karen Black. Loved the movie
Published 2 months ago by Gary A. Tenore
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