The Terror (1963)

81 mins | Horror | 25 September 1963

Director:

Roger Corman

Writers:

Leo Gordon, Jack Hill

Producer:

Roger Corman

Editor:

Stuart O'Brien

Production Designer:

Daniel Haller

Production Company:

The Filmgroup, Inc.
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HISTORY

The 2 Jan 1963 Var announced The Terror as filmmaker Roger Corman’s first release under his recent three-picture deal with American International Pictures (AIP). The budget was estimated at $800,000. The film opened 25 Sep 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, accompanied by another AIP release, Dementia 13 (1963, see entry). The 28 Sep 1963 LAT recommended the film to “those who can’t resist a good scare.”
       Various sources stated that location scenes filmed in California. The working title of this film is Lady of the Shadows ... More Less

The 2 Jan 1963 Var announced The Terror as filmmaker Roger Corman’s first release under his recent three-picture deal with American International Pictures (AIP). The budget was estimated at $800,000. The film opened 25 Sep 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, accompanied by another AIP release, Dementia 13 (1963, see entry). The 28 Sep 1963 LAT recommended the film to “those who can’t resist a good scare.”
       Various sources stated that location scenes filmed in California. The working title of this film is Lady of the Shadows . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
21 Sep 1963
Section B, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
28 Sep 1963
Section B, p. 3.
Variety
2 Jan 1963
p. 3.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Uncredited dir collab
Uncredited dir collab
Uncredited dir collab
Uncredited dir collab
Uncredited dir collab
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story & scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Main titles
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lady of the Shadows
Release Date:
25 September 1963
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 September 1963
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
PathéColor
Duration(in mins):
81
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

André Duvalier, an officer of Napoleon's army, is lost somewhere on the Baltic coast and collapses from exhaustion only to be awakened by a mysterious girl who then disappears into the sea. Later, he wakes in a strange hovel, attended by an old woman and her half-witted servant, Gustaf. After he sees the girl again in the forest, she vanishes and André is told by Gustaf that she can be found in the castle of Baron von Leppe. Upon his arrival there, he recognizes the elusive girl's likeness in a painting which the Baron insists is a portrait of his long dead wife. After von Leppe requests him to leave, Duvalier discovers the dying Gustaf who urges him to return to the castle and find the girl. When he does so, she agrees to leave the evil place with him, but again she mysteriously disappears. The Baron's servant, Stefan, reveals that the old woman's son, Erik, thought to be dead for 20 years, is in fact alive, having killed the Baron and taken his place. As André rescues the girl, she becomes a mouldering, decayed corpse in his arms as the crazed Erik drowns ... +


André Duvalier, an officer of Napoleon's army, is lost somewhere on the Baltic coast and collapses from exhaustion only to be awakened by a mysterious girl who then disappears into the sea. Later, he wakes in a strange hovel, attended by an old woman and her half-witted servant, Gustaf. After he sees the girl again in the forest, she vanishes and André is told by Gustaf that she can be found in the castle of Baron von Leppe. Upon his arrival there, he recognizes the elusive girl's likeness in a painting which the Baron insists is a portrait of his long dead wife. After von Leppe requests him to leave, Duvalier discovers the dying Gustaf who urges him to return to the castle and find the girl. When he does so, she agrees to leave the evil place with him, but again she mysteriously disappears. The Baron's servant, Stefan, reveals that the old woman's son, Erik, thought to be dead for 20 years, is in fact alive, having killed the Baron and taken his place. As André rescues the girl, she becomes a mouldering, decayed corpse in his arms as the crazed Erik drowns himself. +

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