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A French lieutenant follows a ghostly beauty to a baron's Baltic coast castle. Made by Roger Corman.
Back when Jack Nicholson was a Hollywood unknown appearing in Roger Corman quickies such as Crybaby Killer and Little Shop of Horrors, it wasn't unusual for Corman to make a movie in just a few days. That was the case with this nifty little thriller, which was filmed in just three days using the same sets that Corman had used in his Boris Karloff thriller The Raven, which Corman had finished ahead of schedule. In fact, the sets were being torn down almost as fast as Corman could film them, but that hasn't stopped this moody little gem from acquiring a modicum of cult status over the years. Karloff plays the alleged baron of an isolated castle on the Baltic coast, where a Napoleonic officer (played by Nicholson!) appears after becoming intrigued by the presence of a mysterious and beautiful woman. Karloff's baron has a dark history, of course, and creepy atmosphere makes up for the minimal plot, which makes The Terror a vintage treat for horror fans. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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In the Terror he demonstrates he can act and well. If you like Gothic horror movies that have enough impact that i remember the ending after 50 years. It haunted me for weeks. If you like complicated plots and suprise endings -- this is for you.
From the box: In one of his first ever roles, a young JACK NICHOLSON stars as Lt. Andre Duvalier, a soldier in Napoleon's army in 19th century France, separated from his regiment. He awakens on a beach to the sight of a strange, beautiful woman who leads him to the gothic, towering castle that seves as home to eerie Baron Vo Leppe (Karloff). But as Duvalier soon discovers, nothing is what it seems in this ghastly, haunted mansion of death!
DVD: 5.1 surround sound, movie trailer, Digitally restored in Hi Def; original art POSTCARD incl. Before & after restortion demo; transferred fro original 35 mm elements.
Nicholson plays Andre Duvalier, a French soldier who has become separated from his unit. You can tell he's French because he wears a fancy uniform but doesn't seem inclined to actually engage in any sort of battle, is rather rude to those he meets, and basically expects everyone to do whatever he commands of them. Andre meets a young lady named Helene as he is wandering along some coastline and apparently falls in love with her - despite the fact she keeps disappearing and just possibly tries to lead him to his death. He ends up being cared for by a strange old woman, who tells him there is no girl in that area. Still, he persists in finding Helene, eventually tracking her to a spooky old castle. There, he meets Baron von Leppe (Karloff) and learns that the girl he saw is the spitting image of the Baron's wife, who has been dead for twenty years.Read more ›
PS.This is the first film that I've seen directed by Roger Corman. I will buy his book on making movies in Hollywood and never losing a dime.If his other movies are directed in the same manner that won't be a surprise for me.(But you never know! )
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Very very young Jack and Boris is in hie 70's. Story plot interesting but a bit of a ploder.Published 20 days ago by me
If you grew up in the sixties you probably husseled off down to the local cinema to chomp popcorn, slurp soda and watch a film like this, I know I did. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Robert Drummond