Thursday, December 11, 2014

Movie Review: The Terror

The Story: A lost French soldier runs into a beautiful and mysterious woman, only to have her disappear. As he investigates who she is and what happened to her, he meets a variety of strange people who may resort to murder to hide the truth, including a mad baron and an evil witch.

My Thoughts: While this film is a bit hokey and the story is a bit muddled, it’s great fun to see legendary actors such as Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson knowingly ham their way through all sorts of spooky settings and eerie scenes. The filmmakers seem to be enjoying themselves, and anyone who would seek out a movie of this sort is likely to enjoy watching.

The story gets even more muddled toward the end, and while that would have been easy enough to overlook for anyone who makes it that far, one major flaw squelches the fun. A heartlessly grim twist appears at the end, apparently a lame attempt at shocking viewers. If the film had ended in the same hokey yet endearing way it started, it could have been a decent horror movie. Due to the dreary conclusion, however, most people will probably be better off skipping the film.

Content Overview: While most of the film relies on scares rather than gore, two gruesome scenes take place: A man’s eyes are pecked out by a hawk, and a woman melts, her skin coming off in bloody streams. There are some references to adultery.

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