Trilogy of Terror (1975) is an American thriller horror anthology movie that is also known as Tales of Terror (1975) and Terror of the Doll (1975). The three segments in this movie are based on short stories that are not connected to each other. I was not overly thrilled watching this horror anthology, and it is something that I will not see again. I do, however, recommend horror fans to give Trilogy of Terror a chance and see it because it might be the right movie for you. The best segment was Millicent and Therese because I kept me intrigued, and it was unpredictable.
Segment - Julie
Chad (Robert Burton - Texas (1980), Bucktown (1975), Another World (1964)) is a college student that gets easily distracted by his English teacher, Julie Eldrich (Karen Black) thighs. Chad told his friend Eddie (James Storm - One Life to Live (1968), Dark Shadows (1966), The Bold and the Beautiful (1987)) about his fantasies of Julie. Chad is not an innocent guy; he drugged his teacher while they were on a date and took her back to a motel room. He then took provocative pictures with her and blackmailed her not to call the police. He told her that she should not be on a date with him so she will be in a deep load of trouble if she tells anyone about what he did. Julie played Chad’s game for a few week and then set him straight in a way not fitting for anyone. Julie is one teacher that you should not mess with or else a deadly fate will await you. Julie (Karen Black - Five Easy Pieces (1970), Family Plot (1976), House of 1000 Corpses (2003), Nashville (1975)) puts a newspaper clipping about Chad in her special book.
Segment - Millicent and Therese
Millicent and Therese are sisters that have sibling rivalry. Millicent and Therese are played by Karen Black. Millicent believes that her sister is evil and kills her with a voodoo doll. This story was a bit confusing but once you pay attention, it will all be clear. Dr. Ramsey is Millicent’s friend, and he enters the house to find a dead body with a voodoo doll next to her. Therese and Millicent are the same persons. Watch this segment for the disturbing things that happen to Millicent to make her lose her mind. It was sad and disturbing at the same time.
Segment - Amelia
Amelia (Karen Black) lives by herself in her apartment. Amelia returns to her apartment in the high-rise building with a Zuni fetish warrior doll that has a spear and razor sharp teeth. The doll also came with a scroll that states that the doll inhibits the spirit of a Zuni hunter named "He Who Kills". The scroll also mentioned that the gold chain on the doll keeps the spirit trapped in the doll. The Zuni doll’s golden chain mysteriously falls off the doll unknowing to Amelia.
The Zuni doll attacked Amelia later in the evening and viciously stabs her ankle. Amelia eventually captures the doll and tried almost everything to get rid of it. She tried to drown it, lock it in a suitcase, and burn it in her oven. Will Amelia succeed in killing the Zuni doll or will the doll get the best of her? It was definitely an interesting segment but is not something that I will watch again.
About Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Starring: Karen Black, Walker Edmiston, George Gaynes, John Karlen, Robert Burton, Jim Storm, Gregory Harrison, Kathryn Reynolds, Tracy Curtis, Orin Cannon
Director: Dan Curtis
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