Monday, July 10, 2017

Best Killer Doll

Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Dir- Dan Curtis

A made for TV horror anthology with three tales of terror written by Richard Matheson, each of the chapters is named for the female lead portrayed by the beautiful and talented Karen Black. Of the three tales, the best is the final chapter offering a terrifying fight for survival against one of the coolest villains of horror. The first tale "Julie" involves a young college student who stalks his teacher and hopes to blackmail her into having an affair. The second "Millicent and Therese" involves a rivalry between two sisters that may lead to a fatal circumstance. The final story titled "Amelia" involves a young woman who brings home a package and is then stalked by an African Zuni fetish doll. The battle that takes place is well paced and acted out wonderfully; we get 20 minutes of absolute terror and thrill. The story is simple, and the FX are quite good, truly brilliant performance by Ms. Black in the fight she has with the evil doll. The Zuni Fetish Doll Rules! Sadly we would find many imitators borrowing on the theme of a killer doll with nowhere near the excellent portrayal of the Zuni Doll.

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