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Trilogy of Terror (1975) by Dan Curtis, starring Karen Black
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Trilogy of Terror (1975) by Dan Curtis, starring Karen Black – a blackmailed college professor, opposite twins, and a Zuni doll on a rampage!

Trilogy of Terror (1975) by Dan Curtis, starring Karen Black

In short, Trilogy of Terror is a collection of three unconnected short horror stories, all starring Karen Black. They vary wildly in quality. The stories are:

  • Julie
    • In my opinion, the best of the three stories. Julie is a Plain Jane, boring college instructor. Until one of her students tries to blackmail her into a “relationship”. But things aren’t always what they seem …
  • Millicent and Therese
    • The worst of the stories. Allegedly twin sisters, one an amoral party girl, and the other a repressed spinster. It’s frankly very obvious to the viewer what’s going on, and there’s no surprise at the “surprise ending”.
  • Amelia
    • The most visually memorable of the stories. A young lady, who’s dominated by her mother, buys an African Zuni doll for her boyfriend. And, it’s apparently cursed! And it comes to life, and starts attacking her — with a knife — chasing her throughout her apartment. I have to admit, having seen this for the first time as an adult, I thought it looked comically silly. But quite a few young people who first saw it when they were teenagers who were terrified by it. I can totally understand that.

Product Description 

SYNOPSIS: Three horror anthology stories of tormented women. In the first story, Julie Eldridge is a sexually-repressed college teacher who is blackmailed by one of her students for a past indiscretion in which she played an unwilling part. But the student is unaware that Julie plots to turn the tables on him the first chance she gets. In the second story, Millicent Larimore is a plain-looking, almost reclusive woman who lives with her amoral twin sister Therese whom delights in tormenting her. However, only their doctor who visits from time to time knows the real thing behind the scene. In the final story, Amelia in a solo horror story monologue is a mother-dominated woman who buys an African Zuni fetish doll for her latest boyfriend in which the doll comes to life and terrorizes her in her own apartment. …Trilogy of Terror (1975) ( Julie / Millicent and Therese / Amelia )

Cast of characters


  • Karen Black (Burnt Offerings) … Julie
  • Robert Burton … Chad Rogers
  • Jim Storm … Eddie Nells
  • Gregory Harrison as the New Student
  • Kathryn Reynolds as Anne Richards
  • Orin Cannon as Motel Clerk
  • Tracy Curtis as Tracy

Millicent and Therese


  • Karen Black … Amelia
  • Walker Edmiston … the voice of the Zuni doll (uncredited)

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