Trilogy of Terror
Oct 31, Trilogy of Terror: The World's End (). While waiting for The World's End, I watched Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz .. While reading this review, I was struck by two things: one, that the relationship between Gary and. Jul 7, Let's face it, there's only one real reason to watch Trilogy of Terror: The third Armed with the photos, Chad blackmails Julie into a sexual relationship. “Julie” is a lackluster story, even with its Twilight Zone twist ending. Trilogy of Terror is a American made-for-television anthology horror film directed by Dan date rape; the second is about two twin sisters who have a bizarre relationship; and the third focuses on a woman terrorized by a Zuni fetish doll.
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It sounds ridiculous, and it would be if it weren't for the magnificent Ms. There is no ironic distance between actress and character, no winking acknowledgment of the absurdity of the situation, no excess of histrionics.
Dammit, Karen is being menaced by a vicious, spear-wielding figurine and you are terrified for her!
Maybe you could make the argument that the vignette is an attempt to juxtapose the civilized and the savage and to expose our true uncivilized nature. It's an ugly doll attacking a cross-eyed actress. If you haven't seen it yet, go get it now.
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Matheson wrote the teleplay for the third story "Prey," while Richard F. Nolan writer of Logan's Run and much more did so for the first two stories. All of the stories star Karen Black in the lead and the stories are titled with the female names "Julie," "Millicent and Therese," and "Amelia. How cozy it all must have been. Jeannot Szwarc's Somewhere in Timeanother tale of aching romantic non-fulfillment in which the hero botches it and feels alienated from his own era.
Matheson consistently comes across as a romantic moralist who doesn't believe in happy endings but does believe in radical isolation.
His heroes are fate's victims and their only recourse is to accept their destiny. As some of these plots indicate, sexual politics is often a submerged context, and sometimes not so submerged. This point brings us squarely to Trilogy of Terror, an anthology showcase for Karen Black. The traditional line on this project is that the first two stories are okay and the third is the masterpiece, and while we won't take serious issue with that, we must observe that the first two are harsher and more interesting than that summary implies, and all resonate with each other more tellingly than in most anthologies.
Black plays four characters, more or less, in the three tales, as all explore themes of possession and multiple identities. Another theme common to all three is sexual trauma, and that theme is pushed as far as network TV was prepared to go in The result is that they still play uncomfortably today.
Karen Black in "Julie" "Julie" opens with two male college students radiating privilege and evaluating the skirted passers-by. When mousy Miss Eldridge, or Julie Karen Blackpasses in her glasses and dull brown tweed ensemble, hugging her books to her chest, Chad Robert Burton, Black's husband at the time suddenly wonders aloud what she looks like under her clothes. She's his English teacher, and their dialogue on rape scenes in Faulkner and Fitzgerald proves more than academic as his visions of her inflame his imagination and lead him to invite her to a drive-in for a French vampire movie actually footage from The Night Stalker.
He gives her what we'd now call a "rufie" and takes her to a motel.
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With compromising photos, he blackmails her into continuing a demeaning and abusive relationship by pointing out that, as the teacher, she has more to lose in their inappropriate relations. At least that's a superficial reading of what's happening. The fact that Eldridge sounds like "eldritch" may clue the cannier viewers into where this is going, and the resulting hornets' nest of ambiguities creates a Rorschach blot for the viewers' ideas of empowerment and control.
Today's viewers will have even less trouble anticipating the conclusion of "Millicent and Therese", in which Black plays an uptight black-clad Millicent glasses again and her lipsticked, swinging twin Therese, denounced by Millicent in her diaries and conversations as evil. Their father's recent death has brought things to the current crisis. The story doesn't spell this out bluntly, but one implication is that personality disorders may be the product of sexual trauma within the family.
Such a pathology explains why Millicent claims the evil began at 16, when Therese seduced their father, soon after which mom committed suicide. Millicent's blame of Therese functions as internalized hatred, with Millicent acting as superego to her sister's libido, but we must resist giving away the "surprise".
These stories play with fire and do what tales of horror and the macabre are supposed to: These first two sections, while based on Matheson stories, are scripted by his fellow writer and Twilight Zone alumnus William F.
He too was having a great decade, scripting Turn of the Screw for Curtis and having his novel Logan's Run turned into a movie and TV series. That night, he tracks Julie to the house she shares with another young teacher, and spies on her through the window as she gets ready for bed. Chad goes rather farther when the night of their date actually rolls around. Once the drug takes effect, Chad leaves the drive-in, and takes Julie to an out-of-the-way motel, where he rapes her and takes scandalous, pornographic photos of her.
Wait a minute— just who is exploiting whom here, anyway?
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Milicent Karen Black again is a dowdy, severe woman who seems much older than she really is. Therese is, to put it mildly, a woman of loose morals, and apparently an occult hobbyist too.
Milicent, on the other hand, is extremely religious in a daffy, Protestant literalist sort of way, and it is her opinion that her sister is actively in league with the devil.
Milicent also blames Therese for the death of their father, whom she believes Therese seduced when the sisters were teenage girls. Ramsey makes arrangements to come by the house the following afternoon, but when he gets to the house, Milicent is out and Therese is in.