“Trilogy of Terror” (1975) – Karen Black and director Dan Curtis lead a triad of chilling stories in this made-for-television anthology film. Black is the one-constant across the 72-minute runtime, as she’s the lead in all three mini-flicks and plays wildly different characters.
“Julie” – An English professor (Black), with a shy, librarian-with-glasses look is pursued by one of her students. The teacher and student go out on a date, but the young protégé has ulterior motives.
“Millicent and Therese” – Two sisters, Millicent (Black) and Therese (Black), have a troubling history, and therapist Dr. Ramsay (George Gaynes) makes a house call.
“Amelia” – A single woman (Black) lives by herself, but she brings home a guest, a weird warrior doll that stands about 12 inches high. However, Amelia (Black) wonders if the aforementioned, miniature figure does more than stand around…on its own.
By far, “Amelia” is the most entertaining segment, but “Julie” and “Millicent and Therese” have a curious twists, even if the pacing for both episodes feels a bit wooden. Three cheers for Black for carrying the trilogy torch throughout the entire production.
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon = 2
Karen Black stars in “Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Karen Black stars in “Five Easy Pieces” (1970) with Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson stars in “A Few Good Men” (1992) with Kevin Bacon
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Written by: William F. Nolan
Starring: Karen Black, George Gaynes, John Karlen, Robert Burton, and Tracy Curtis
Runtime: 72 minutes
Image credits: Dan Curtis Productions, ABC Circle Films