10/27/18 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #27 – Trilogy of Terror.

Let’s go back into those crazy 70’s again, when they were all about being creative and trying new things. How about this for creativity? Here’s an anthology film where the same actress plays a different role in each of the three separate stories (in one story she even plays two roles.) Each story is named after that character, so you’ve got “Julie“, “Millicent and Therese“, and “Amelia“. This is Karen Black’s 1975 acting opus, Trilogy of Terror. Trilogy of Terror is just plain fun, and such a highlight of the time period. It was originally a Made-for-TV movie, so don’t expect a high level of gore. Although saying that, there is some seriously disturbing stuff here that was pretty aggressive for TV. A few of the story beats may seem a little dated to today’s audiences, simply because you’ve probably seen them before (the 2nd story in particular), but it doesn’t matter. The fun really comes from watching Karen Black inhabit all these different roles. She runs the range from sheepish and meek to completely over the top. Her array of wigs really deserves a supporting actor credit. There’s a lot of fun to be had here, but here’s the deal. Let’s call a spade a spade. There is one key reason we all hold this movie in such a high regard. Damn right, I’m talking about the Zuni Fetish Doll. Holy dear lord, that Zuni Fetish Doll is one of the greatest horror creations ever. You want to talk about aggressive? This thing gives new meaning to word aggressive. It’s relentless. It’s brutal. It’s utterly fantastic. Its crazy hair, the small yet dangerous spear, and of course its trademark shark-like teeth is all downright amazing. The gurgling chanting sounds it makes while constantly trying to attack is a sound effect for the ages. I can’t stress this enough, the pure frenzy of that thing is just otherworldly. The entire movie is a lot of fun, but the third story has cemented its place in my brain forever. If you’ve never seen this film, or haven’t seen it in a while, its worth your time to recall just how fantastic that damn Zuni Fetish Doll really is.

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