Feature Film Showcase – The Terror (1963)

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The Terror, 1963.

Directed by Roger Corman.
Starring Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dick Miller and Jonathan Haze.

Produced by B movie king Roger Corman and featuring uncredited direction from Dennis Jakob, Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill and star Jack Nicholson, The Terror is a low-budget period horror about a French soldier, Andre Duvalier (Nicholson), who meets a strange young woman, Helene (Sandra Knight), after washing up on a beach. When Helene disappears, Andre sets out to investigate and eventually comes upon the home of the reclusive Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff), where he discovers that the Baron has a dark secret and is haunted by the ghost of his wife Isla, who shares a remarkable resemblance with Helene.

As with many of Roger Corman’s films, the sets used for The Terror were shared with a number of other films, including The Haunted Palace (1963) and The Raven (1963), the latter of which also starred Nicholson and Karloff. Corman shot his scenes just four days, while the remaining directors continued to work on the picture for nine months, making The Terror one of the longest productions of Corman’s career.

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