The Terror Getting a Definitive Blu-ray Release
The classic flick The Terror has been available countless times on just about every single medium that there’s ever been. Now it’s hitting Blu-ray in what we hope will be a be-all, end-all edition!
From the Press Release:
Roger Corman’s 1963 thriller The Terror – transferred from 35mm archival film elements – will be available on Blu-ray May 31 from The Film Detective (distributed by Allied Vaughn).
Famous for being one of Jack Nicholson’s earliest film roles, The Terror was shot on sets remaining from the shoot of the iconic horror film The Haunted Palace. Although officially credited to Corman, The Terror had a total of five collaborative directors, including Nicholson himself and Francis Ford Coppola.
Commented film historian Phil Hopkins, owner of The Film Detective, “After years of sub-par versions, The Film Detective brings The Terror to the screen as it’s never been seen before, fully restored from 35mm archival material in its original aspect ratio. I think fans will be thrilled with the unparalleled quality of this Blu-ray release, not only visually but by the impact of the soundtrack.”
Also starring Dick Miller (A Bucket of Blood) as Stefan, married in real life to Sandra Knight (who portrays the ghost of Ilsa, the Baroness Von Leppe), who was visibly pregnant with their daughter during filming.
The Terror is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and original sound.
In 18th century France, Lt. Andre Duvalier (three-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson; The Departed, As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men, The Shining), an officer in Napoleon’s army, has been separated from his regiment. Wandering near the coast, he spies a young woman (Sandra Knight; Frankenstein’s Daughter, Blood Bath) and calls out to her. When she fails to acknowledge, he follows her into the dark surf and strangely loses consciousness.
He awakens in a house tended by an old woman, Katrina (Dorothy Neumann; Sorry, Wrong Number, The Ten Commandments), who claims not to know the mysterious lady. On his way once again, Andre comes upon the castle of Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Boris Karloff; Frankenstein, The Mummy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas).
There he learns that the girl is in fact the spirit of the Baron’s late wife, being used as a pawn by the witchy Katrina, who is bent on driving the elderly Baron to suicide.