Trilogy of Terror

6.61 h 12 min197516+
Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women. Written by Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, The Outer Limits, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour et al.).
Dan Curtis
Karen BlackRobert BurtonJohn Karlen
English [CC]
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George GaynesJim StormGregory HarrisonKathryn ReynoldsTracy CurtisOrin CannonWalker Edmiston
ABC Circle Films
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Alcohol usefoul languagefrightening scenessexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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L. CooperReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
That. Damn. Doll.
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I saw this when it came out on TV in 1975 and was mesmerized (which is shorthand for saying I was freaked out) by that Zuni doll. The trilogy itself was great, but that doll was something else. I bought the DVD several years ago and was not disappointed. That little bugger is still creepy as all get out 40+ years later.
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A. HernandezReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A blast from the past
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This was a favorite from my teens, especially the 3rd story, Amelia. Who could forget that doll? I was excited to see this available on Prime and watched it immediately. Funny, though, I don't recall the 1st 2 stories, well, maybe a little of the 1st. The 1st 2 being predictable, I think these storylines have been used time and again. This movie was a 1st back then. Karen Black was very popular in the 70's. I also saw the actual doll at Universal Studios years and years ago displayed in glass. It was pretty cool! My other fave horror is Black Sabbath w/Boris Karloff, "A Drop of Water". Man, these movies take me back!
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PulpmanReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Showcase for Karen Black
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This made for TV movie was a big hit in it's day. Still holds up well today. Karen Black is the star of all three segments and what a performance she puts on!
Three totally different characters and she acts them out with conviction. All are different all are well done.
This Blue Ray has a very nice transfer and the sound is good. There are two excellent commentaries and several other extras which add to the fun.
Directed by Dan Curtis {Dark Shadows} you will enjoy the thrills that this movie offers. Written by William F Nolan and Richard Matheson two well known horror and sci fi scribes. You really can't go wrong with this movie.
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Eric M. BakerReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic 70's Horror
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This film is a Karen Black tour de force. She excels in the four roles she was asked to play. No other way to say it, she was great in this movie. Watching this it is hard to imagine that this was a made for TV anthology. It gets into some deep subject matter. They really pushed the envelope for what could be shown on TV. Don't go into it looking for breasts and blood. This was made for TV. The stories they chose for this likewise are intriguing. All of the stories work. They give enough for a satisfactory experience. It doesn't leave you wanting as some anthologies sadly do. They start, develop, get their hook in then complete. Excellent editing and direction throughout. Its very 70s in its storytelling which is great. There is very little fluff every moment is used well. I really can't say enough. If classic horror is your thing then I highly recommend it.

Finally, for those of you who have played Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines - Therese / Millicent is the basis for Therese / Jeanette. It is worth watching just for that Karen Black performance.
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Stephen J. DohertyReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must see....but hide the artwork to save surprise!
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Classic Trilogy, I watch this every year around Halloween. Only negative is the packaging artwork. It looks great but it gives away the final scene of the best of the trilogies. If you show this to someone who has never seen it then DON’T LET THEM SEE THE PACKAGE ARTWORK!!!
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Deb G. in PA, USAReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I remembered sneaking down to the landing when I couldn't ...
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I remembered sneaking down to the landing when I couldn't sleep one night (I think I was 4), and my parents had this on the tv. They didn't know I was watching, and what I saw gave me nightmares for weeks! I had to buy this and relive those memories as an adult. It's still creepy as hell!
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SalibaReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
3rd Show's a Charm.
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Absolutely love the 3rd short story "Amelia". Its a classic. I remember watching thiswhe it first came out & scared me to no end. I was not a fan of the other two stories until tonight. Watched them both again & they are actually really goodshort stories as well. But the 3rd will never be beat for a short scary horror movie.
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Tri NguyenReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Stupid Plot
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As the title implies, there are 3 Stories:

1. Teacher/ student relationship -- Sick predatory student/teacher characters with dumb plot twist.

2. Split personality -- Mainly a boring monologue with a predictable plot twist.

3. Killer doll -- Woman reacts stupidly which drags out the story. Doesn't know how to open her own door, own window, or even know the address of where she lives. She even attempts to disarm the knife-wielding doll by --wait for it-- grabbing the tip of the moving blade! Only positive is the design of the doll (and yes that's the only positive for the whole movie)

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