As I’m er, vintage enough to have been around to see it when it premiered back in 1975, it’s just great to see Dan Curtis’ Trilogy of Terror getting a snazzy 4K version and unleashed on the masses by Kino Lorber. This flick put me in a sleepless zone for a while, but it also became one of my favorite scary films that’s lingered in the memory in terms of nailing a particular set of moods and generating a superb amount of tension.
While I kind of wish this restoration would have included Curtis’ nowhere as impressive 1996 followup, Trilogy of Terror II, I’ll take what’s here for the pure scare factor and still somewhat timely Richard Matheson stories. Kino sadly has no new trailer up, but this tiny snippet from the final episode of the anthology, “Amelia” is all you need to know about what’s coming your way when you place that order. The rest of what’s on the disc is listed below the jump.
BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION! Legendary producer/director Dan Curtis (The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler) teams up with renowned sci-fi/horror writers Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) and William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run) to present three tales of horrific suspense in this highly rated and critically acclaimed made-for-television anthology that also showcases the tremendous acting talent of Karen Black (Burnt Offerings, The Day of the Locust), who plays four distinct roles. In Julie, an aggressive college student seduces and ultimately blackmails his seemingly shy English professor; in Millicent and Therese, two polar-opposite sisters become increasingly hell-bent on the undoing of one another; and in Amelia, a woman falls prey to a murderous Zuni fetish doll. The strong supporting cast includes George Gaynes (Tootsie), John Karlen (Daughters of Darkness) and Gregory Harrison (TV’s Trapper John, M.D.).
Blu-ray Extras Include:
Brand New 4K Restoration
NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
NEW Interview with Composer Bob Cobert
Audio Commentary with Karen Black and writer William F. Nolan
“Richard Matheson: Terror Scribe” Featurette
“Three Colors Black” Featurette
Limited Edition Booklet essay by Film critic and author Simon Abrams
Newly Commissioned Art by Jacob Phillips
Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase
Granted, if you think horror films with creepy and murderous dolls are cool beans, this may not get you jumping behind the couch at all. That said, the other two chapters have their own means of getting to you… you’ll see.