Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Netflix Mail Day Movie Review: "Trilogy of Terror" (1975)

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Movie: "Trilogy of Terror"
Director: Dan Curtis
Year: 1975
Rating: UR
Running Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes

Three separate stories all staring Karen Black. The first story is about a college student who wants to try and get with his teacher (Karen Black) and blackmails her in order to do so. The second story is about a pair of sisters (Karen Black time two) who are polar opposites: one is very conservative and religious, and the other practices with voodoo and free love (and is extremely promiscuous). The third story involves a small doll, which is said to possess the spirit of an angry, ancient warrior, which she bought for her boyfriend; the doll comes to life and tries to murder her.

These are interesting made-for-TV stories. It has strong opening and ending stories, but the middle story is rather weak. Karen Black is fine in all three stories, but rather one-dimensional. The first story has a good psychological aspect to it, something you don't see coming. The second story is extremely predictable. Our favorite story is the last one, with the killer doll...it's just so outrageous and funny! We had this movie on our Halloween list, but got it too late as we were overbooked on movies, and I'm sort of glad because they are not really scary. This is a fine set of short movies, but that's about it, nothing to write home about.

My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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