The Terror (1963)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Roger Corman. It was famously shot in three days on sets left over from Corman's The Raven (1963) and featured uncredited sequences shot by Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill, and Jack Nicholson. In the early 1990s, actor Dick Miller shot several new scenes to act as a framing sequence for overseas releases of the film, a move by Corman to attempt to re-establish his copyright after the film had fallen into the public domain.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roger Corman; Francis Ford Coppola [uncredited; Jack Hill *; Dennis Jakob *; Jack Nicholson *
American International Pictures [logo] A Filmgroup production
Executive Producer: Harvey Jacobson
Produced by: Roger Corman
Associate Producer: Francis Coppola
Screenplay by: Leo Gordon and Jack Hill; Roger Corman *
Director of Photography: John Nicholaus
Film Editor: Stuart O'Brien
Music Composed and Conducted by: Ronald Stein
Sound: John Bury
Costume Designer: Marjorie Corso
Art Director: Daniel Haller
Locations: Big Sur, California, USA; Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, USA; Santa Barbara, California, USA
Studio: Producers' Studios, Hollywood, California, USA

Boris Karloff (Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe/Eric)
Jack Nicholson (Lt Andre Duvalier)
Sandra Knight (Helene/ghost of Ilsa The Baroness Von Leppe)
Richard Miller [real name: Dick Miller] (Stefan)
Dorothy Neumann (Katrina/Eric's mother)
Jonathan Haze (Gustaf)

Alternative Titles

The Castle of Terror
Genfærdets terror
– Danish title
– French title
The Haunting
– US TV title
Kauhun vallassa
– Finnish title
Lady of the Shadows
Pahin kaikista
– Finnish title
The Terror – Schloß des Schreckens
– German title
El terror
– Venezuelan title
O Terror
– Portugese title
Terrorin vallassa
– Finnish title
La vergine di cera
– Italian title

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Boris Karloff (1996)
100 Years of Horror: Ghosts (1996)
Campfire Tales (1991)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (1988)
Deathstalker II (1987)
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Midnight Movie Madness: 50 Movie Mega Pack (2016)
Room 237 (2012)
Savaged (2013)
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)
Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! (1989)
Spetsyfichni typy komunikatsiyi u mizhnarodnykh informatsiynykh ta kulturnih vidnosynakh: Ukrayinskiy vymir universalnogo kodu kultovogo kino (2015)
Targets (1968)
Trailer Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama (2016)
Transylvania Twist (1989)
The Undertaker (1988)


Castle of Frankenstein no.4 p.5
Castle of Frankenstein no.5 p.5
The Daily Cinema no.8868 (27-28 January 1964) p.7 – note (General Releases – North London)
The Daily Cinema no.8871 (3-4 February 1964) p.5 – note (General Releases – North London)

American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig pp.365-366
American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.98-99 – credits, synopsis, review
The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.158
Boris Karloff: A Critical Acount of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television, and Recording Work by Scott Allen Nollen pp.308-311; 394
Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.211-212; 325
and Angels in Hollywood Films by James Robert Parish pp.325-327 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Monte Hellman: His Life and Films by Brad Stevens pp.26-35 – production notes
by Walt Lee p.483 – credits
Rock ‘n' Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.137-138
Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.384-385