Monday, September 15, 2008

Karen Black - Burnt Offerings and Trilogy of Terror

I was terrified by these movies from the 70's starring Karen Black.

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Burnt Offerings (1976), directed by Dan Curtis, has Oliver Reed and Karen Black as summer caretakers moving into a gothic house with their young son. The catch? The house rejuvenates a part of itself with each death that occurs on its premises. The scenes with the creepy chauffeur were very, creepy is a good word, and the ending is terrifying.

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Trilogy of Terror (1975), also directed by Dan Curtis, is three horror anthology stories featuring Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women. In the first story, Julie Eldridgex (Karen Black) is a sexually repressed high school teacher who is blackmailed by one of her students for a past indiscretion which she played an unwilling part. But the student is unaware that Julie plots to turn the tables on him the first chance she gets. In the second story, Millicent Larimore (Karen Black) is a plain-looking, almost reclusive woman whom lives with her amoral twin sister Therese (also Karen Black) whom delights in tormenting her. However, only their doctor whom visits from time to time knows the real thing behind the scene. In the final story, Amelia (Karen Black... again) in a solo horror story monologue plays a mother-dominated woman who buys an African Zuni doll for her latest boyfriend in which the doll comes to life and terrorizes her in her own apartment. The final scene of this third story is unforgettable!

Here's a clip with the doll:

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