Monday, August 11, 2014

The Terror (1963)

How bad is it? It's a legendary mess.
Should you see it? It's incredibly dull and muddled, but of interest to film students.
See the baby bump?

Boris Karloff was still under contract for three days after filming of "The Raven" wrapped, and they had the sets available, so an entire film was written and shot in those three days - undoubtedly a record of some sort. Roger Corman directed, but some scenes were directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill, Dennis Jacob and Jack Nicholson. Nicholson plays a character lost on a coast, who is led by a woman who may be a ghost (played by his then-wife, whose pregnancy is cleverly concealed throughout the film) to a castle where Boris Karloff holds a secret of some sort. Corman regular Dick Miller plays a servant. There's a witch... actually, I have no idea what the plot is. The film quality varies considerably and much of the dialogue seems to be non-sequiturs because of the hasty shooting and editing.

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