The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror)
(R, 1:19:15, Released 1963)
|Genres:||Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Release Date:||Jun 17, 1963|
|DVD Release Date:||Sep 15, 1998|
|Starring:||Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dick Miller, Dorothy Neumann, Jonathan Haze, Leo Gordon|
|Directed by:||Monte Hellman, Roger Corman|
|Synopsis:||In this horror chiller, an intriguing, beautiful woman (Sandra Knight) keeps re-appearing to early 19th-century Lt. Duvalier (Jack Nicholson), and he is led to a castle where he finds an imposter of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). He becomes trapped in the ancient castle and tries to make sense of the eerie situation. Director Roger Corman (with the help of a few other directors, including Francis Ford Coppola) shot most of this within a few days after finishing The Raven--utilizing the same set. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi|
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September 1, 2013
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April 27, 2012
It didn't give me "The Terror", but this still managed to be a pretty enjoyable Poe-esque chiller. It is interesting seeing young Jack Nicholson in the lead role before he became a huge star. The film that was essentially made around 3 days worth of footage of legendary horror icon Boris Karloff. Roger Corman filmed the Boris Karloff-footage and passed on the film to young directors like Francis Ford Coppola and even Jack Nicholson directed a few scenes. For a film that was passed down to many filmmakers, the story is surprisingly coherent. The film manages to conjure up a fun chilling atmosphere with it's foggy grave sites, dark corridors, and gritty film quality. Boris Karloff is awesome and Jack Nicholson does a good job carrying the film but his acting is not as mind-blowing as his future films. This movie is public domain so you can easily watch this movie on youtube. Go ahead and check it out.
May 15, 2011
I love seeing Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, and Dick Miller all in the same movie together, but the material just isn't all that great. It's the typical haunted house mystery...not even the actors have anything really that good to work with. I just love having this group of people assembled and for me that makes me like it, not because it's that good of a movie.
November 24, 2010
I really like this movie, it has some great stars, and the story is really cool. This is a spooky horror movie, and I enjoyed it.
November 12, 2010
Whoa! This movie is boring. It's not exciting or interesting, it doesn't even try to offer thrills, and it's not even funny in a fun old horror flick type way, it's just sad.
October 15, 2010
I believe this was one of Jacks first films and it was an opportunity to work with Karlofff, who wouldn't say YES?
And it was towards the end of Karloff's career, so really what else did he have to do?
Not that I expect GREAT things from Roger Corman...but this film is just a mess. I won't even begin to start a list of all of the issues that I have with it.
I gave it one star out of respect for Mr. Karloff.
January 9, 2010
Strange but interesting gothic horror yarn from Roger Corman. It's fun watching an old Boris Karloff interact with a young Jack Nicholson.
October 4, 2011
Cheap Gothic flick by Roger Corman. A young Jack Nicholson plays a Napoleonic soldier. Nicholson carries most of the picture. Nicholson is not very convincing in the role, but out of curiosity for his career or Corman's this movie is an ok way to pass an hour and twenty minutes. Boris Karloff is an aristocrat with a secret. Sandra Knight is a mysterious woman who keeps disappearing on Nicholson. There is a butler and a witch and the plot seems like the filmmakers were making major changes to the script as they filmed.
March 20, 2010
A gothic horror story featuring the great Boris Karloff and a young Jack Nicholson. Yes, the special effects are somewhat cheesy, but this was in the 60s; and I think that added to the charm of the film. A twisted tale of love, revenge, and isolation. Oh, did I mention it has Karloff?
September 30, 2009
Shot in four days, with five different directors, with left over sets...and it shows. Films like this are usually good for a bit of fun now and again, only downside here being that the story is so muddled by the end of it you don't know what's going on. Nice to see a young Jack Nicholson though (who also directed some of the footage).
November 29, 2011
Lots of interesting concepts, images, and an early Jack Nicholson role create an almost-great film. Surprisingly, the plot largely makes sense within the context of the "horror" world portrayed. As with a lot of these older horror movies, it unfolds more like a detective film--a concept reinforced by a general lack of scare. But the grotesque images and quaintly macabe caste give off a nice, eerie vibe.
March 3, 2010
young starring jack nicholson (seen his age about like 20) in the film. there something so strange horror movie. it pretty well of this film but it didnt seen like an scary. the bird attack is reminded of the bit of "the birds". most of the cast include jack nicholson did in director roger corman's most another film.
January 29, 2010
The greatest movie ever made because the stars and director had to cancel their golf date due to rain and made a movie instead.
December 15, 2009
I watched The Castle Of Terror just to see a young Jack Nicholson, who really did a very good acting performance here.
September 14, 2009
This was boring part of the time, confusing the rest of the time. Yes I did love seeing Jack Nicholson at such an early age, performing alongside such Boris Karloff. The plot was just plain strange, and what about the baby???? Get the idea??
June 21, 2009
Iam a fan of Boris Karloff. Saw movie in 1964. Was it scary then. Now it is hard to keep interest in it. The girl was a mystery at first. Nicholson as that young soldiier seemed very niave to me now. When Boris opened that door after following that trail of blood was very scary. I still enjoued it buy my interest was lagging
June 14, 2008
Not one of Roger Corman's best efforts, but not bad considering he whipped it together in just four days. And it's great to see Jack Nicholson and Boris Karloff sharing the same screen.
December 22, 2007
This is not the best movie and if I had a do over I would have not watched it. It wasn't a olng movie, but it was so bad that the movie just seemed to drag on forever. The storyline was kinda lame along with the special effercts. The only thing it really had going for it was watching Jack Nicholoson in his younger days.
September 6, 2007
old dawn of color movies
I'm guessing that jack Nickolson plays the French Soldier. OMG!! LOL it looks so funny to see him in his youth I think I like him better now.
June 8, 2007
Way too boring. This movie had a hard time keeping my interest. Even with a young Jack Nicholson and Boris Karloff(who I enjoy greatly), wasn't helping.
April 9, 2007
Upon learning that Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson (along with Jack's one-time wife, Sandra Knight) had starred in a film together (see also Roger Corman's The Raven), this one became a must-see for me. However, there is a reason this film isn't mentioned in any serious discussions pertaining to movies. It's pure camp, comprised of cheap visual effects, a story that grows increasingly more incoherent, and ham acting from everyone who enters the frame. Worth watching once to see the two stars together, but you'll likely have no desire for a repeat viewing.