Terror – UK, 1978

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Terror is a 1978 British supernatural horror feature film directed by Norman J. Warren (Satan’s Slave; Prey; Inseminoid; et al) from a screenplay by David McGillivray (House of Whipcord; Frightmare; Schizo; et al). Producers Les and Moira Young provided the storyline. The movie stars John Nolan, Carolyn Courage, James Aubrey, Sarah Keller, Tricia Walsh and Glynis Barber.

On May 1st, 2018, Vinegar Syndrome released Terror as a limited edition Blu-ray + DVD combo with the following extras:

Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• Extensive audio interview with director Norman J. Warren
• Brand new video interviews with
–  Norman J. Warren – director
– David McGillivray – screenwriter
– Carolyn Courage – actress
– Tricia Walsh – actress
– Mary Maude – actress
– Peter Craze – actor
• Deleted and extended scenes
• Reversible cover
• English SDH subtitles

Plot:

Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads removed in various fashions, getting their limbs caught in animal traps, knife wounds, and other methods of medieval torture…

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Reviews:

“Whatever resolution Terror might offer in the end is unmistakably foredoomed to be total bullshit, if indeed it will deign to offer any resolution at all. That being so, the whole midsection is mere wheel-spinning, and McGillivray, the Youngs, and director Norman J. Warren are all powerless to make it seem otherwise.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

“The ending is mind-bogglingly stupid and pointless, the deaths seem to bear no relationship to the initial curse, and there’s even an appearance by a particularly fat and washed-up ex-Doctor Who companion, in the portly form of Michael Craze. If you like your horror short, bloody and daft, Terror is for you.” British Horror Films

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“Like Suspiria and many of its Italian horror contemporaries, Terror largely disregards a traditional narrative in favor of mood, style, and visceral horror […] It’s a scattershot collection of striking horror set pieces with little connection to one another and even less of a conclusion to tie it all together.” Broke Horror Fan

“Hayden Pearce and Les Young had returned to Warren’s side as art director and cinematographer respectively, and they acquit themselves exceedingly well; Young deserves special mention for his atmospheric photography. The Suspiria influence is blatant, with bright red and green lighting in abundance but Warren evidences a genuine talent for stylish visceral horror…” John Hamilton, X-Cert 2

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“It is unfortunate, though, that Warren’s penchant for marking every climax with excited close-ups of mangled and maimed throats – a tendency further aggravated in his Inseminoid (1980) – makes this a cheap and nasty movie.” The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror

” …rubbish Suspiria knock-off […] Unless you love badly-acted, no-budget, plotless haunted house gorefests with no style, humour or any redeeming features whatsoever, we say don’t bother.” TV Cream

 

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Choice dialogue:

“I didn’t leave my knickers in here, did I?”

Main cast and characters:

  • John Nolan … James Garrick
  • Carolyn Courage … Ann Garrick
  • James Aubrey … Philip
  • Sarah Keller … Suzy
  • Tricia Walsh … Viv
  • Glynis Barber … Carol Tucker
  • Michael Craze … Gary
  • Rosie Collins … Diane
  • Elaine Ives-Cameron … Dolores Hamilton
  • Patti Love … Hannah
  • Mary Maude … Lady Garrick
  • William Russell … Lord Garrick
  • Peter Craze … Les
  • Peter Sproule … Policeman
  • Peter Mayhew … Mechanic
  • Milton Reid … Bouncer
  • L.E. Mack … Mad Dolly
  • Alan Jones [uncredited] … Party Guest

Filming locations:

Admiral’s Walk, Mill Lane, Pirbright, Surrey, England – also used for Virgin Witch (1970) and Satan’s Slave (1976)

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