The Many Faces of Karen Black Provide the Fear in the "Trilogy of Terror"- Tonight!

Posted on April 27, 2024

Tonight on MeTV- we bring back the triple-threat of Karen Black times three- as she stars in each segment of the anxiety-filled anthology that many have called the most frightening made-for-TV movie of all time- “Trilogy of Terror”! This 1975 film is a tour de frightening force, based on three stories by the legendary Richard Matheson- whose work has been showing up a lot on our program.

The first story -“Julie”- features Karen as a quiet and reserved English teacher who is approached by Chad, one of her college students, who has become obsessed with her. In no time, we realize this is no healthy schoolboy crush- Chad has a nasty agenda that includes spiking Julie’s drink at a drive-in- and trapping the unsuspecting teacher in a web of blackmail. Things take an even darker turn when other sinister secrets are revealed!

The second story- “Millicent and Therese”- has Karen playing a dual role as two very different sisters. Millicent is a bookish, strait-laced, reserved woman, while Therese is a flashy, somewhat immoral tease of a party girl. They disapprove of the other, and their dislike begins to escalate, with Therese creating havoc by trashing Millicent’s room - and then playing up seductively to Dr. Ramsey, the family therapist Millicent has called in to help and possibly talk some sense into her wild child sister. The doctor will not tolerate Therese’s sinister attempt at seduction and leaves the premises- which only makes Therese more furious, angered that Millicent had called him in. Being into the occult and voodoo, this ticking time -bomb of a sister decides that the only way to end the conflict- is by death!

The final story is , of course,the best known of the three, and the most unforgettable-“Amelia”-based on the Richard Matheson short story “Prey”. While someone else adapted his first two stories for the movie, Matheson himself adapted his story into the screenplay for this one-with chilling results. Ms. Black pretty much makes it a one-woman show- as Amelia,the only character on screen in the story ( well, the only human character). She is constantly being nagged by her mother- and ,reaching her breaking point from having to deal with her, calls dear old Mom to cancel that night’s get-together, claiming she has a date- just so she can unwind and have some peace and quiet.

There is not much chance of that-because Amelia has brought home a unique artifact- a small figure of an aboriginal warrior. According to the paperwork included with this hideous doll, it is actually a vessel that imprisons the spirit of a warrior known as “he who kills”- and only the chain that encircles its waist keeps the spirit confined inside the doll. Fate plays a cruel trick on Amelia- the chain falls off!

As she prepares her dinner with a large carving knife, she hears a noise in the other room, and setting the blade down, goes to investigate. She is confused to find that the doll is not where she left it- and soon afterward realizes that- neither is her knife! She soon becomes painfully aware that the doll has come to life- and wants to end hers!

We do need to warn you- this film, even though made for TV, does include some adult situations and dialogue- and the final story with the nerve-wracking assault by the murderous doll may be far too intense for some viewers. PLEASE use caution- and your jurisdiction- regarding who should watch- and that includes you! We also want to explain- one more time- why this movie is running again on our show. It has proven to be such a favorite that we are constantly getting requests for it- which is why it has become an annual event, scheduled a different season each time, and always bringing in a huge number of viewers! Also- some of you seem to have forgotten one of the rules here- if you don’t like the film, and/or feel you must make a negative comment- you can do so- ONCE. Consider this fair warning.

As always in our program, you can enjoy information about the film and its cast-and we’ll be bringing back some classic Sven fun, including a beloved song viewers can never get enough of. We also suggest possible updates for the story if they made a new sequel, provide information about the Zuni warrior doll (with a replica on set), talk about the man who did the musical score for this film and other Dan Curtis productions, revisit our very first trip to the New York Comic Con, and – get another visit from the Sven Squad- some of whom are in a gift-giving mood!

“Trilogy of Terror” will be unleashed at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time- and MeTV encourages you to join in the live-Tweeting (or X-ing- still not really using that term!) during the program-make sure that your Tweets include our hashtag #svengoolie. Our Chicago area viewers can get one more look at the classic Lon Chaney Jr. origin of “The Wolf Man” at 11 am on CW26.

After a great afternoon with our fans yesterday, we will be going back to the C2E2 convention here in Chicago- unfortunately, all the tickets for today are sold out! If you have your pass, make sure to come see us, and join me for the “45 Years of Svengoolie” panel we will be doing later this afternoon.

But tonight- steel your nerves for one of the most frightening movies ever made for TV! And- speaking of steel-keep all cutlery locked up before the final story!

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1MikeM 26 days ago
...and dat was Da Bowery Boys Meet da Bride of da Mummy...and dat's da name a dat tune!
Katink 26 days ago
Somebody was comment # 4000!
Mamootsa Katink 26 days ago
I guess we do a lot of postings 👍
Mikeyyy Katink 26 days ago
WB katink!
Katink Katink 26 days ago
BEAT, I think it was you! Congratulations!
Katink Mikeyyy 26 days ago
Thanks, Mikeyyy!
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
You still here
BEATNGU2 Katink 26 days ago
Thanks 🙏🏻
abc123 26 days ago
using my new laptop tonight. About to find out how well it refreshes and scrolls...
Katink abc123 26 days ago
Good luck, abc!
BEATNGU2 abc123 26 days ago
Good Luck ABC
Mikeyyy abc123 26 days ago
luck....
Mamootsa 26 days ago
That was a good few minutes there
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
It was right there for cripes sake!
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
Ying & Yang mam
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
Krikey Steve 🦘
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
I guess to 😒
BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Not beating last weeks total comments
Need close to 400
Not happenin
Katink BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Nope, no can do!
BEATNGU2 Katink 26 days ago
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BEATNGU2 Katink 26 days ago
You’re the chameleon of the ‘hole lot
Katink BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Thanks, BEAT!
BEATNGU2 Katink 26 days ago
Welcome KATINK
BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Charge dying
Alas I will break the glass & go to the emergency 🚨
BEATNGU2 BEATNGU2 26 days ago
“G0 G0 Gadget”
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Whenever he gets in a fix he reaches into his bag of tricks!!
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
Like Felix da Cat
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
I hated when my stepson and daughter watched inspector gadget. Don’t know why but I couldn’t stand that cartoon show
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
I did not care for it either
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Now Ninja Turtles 🐢 were the bomb diggity.
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
Please I’m still traumatized by my Turtle homicide this week ☹️😞
PARANORMA 26 days ago
Yay VanCity.
BEATNGU2 PARANORMA 26 days ago
Hail to The ‘Couve 🇨🇦
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
Yaaaa
As they say in “Fargo” ( the film)
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Don’cha know
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
You betcha
CountCurt BEATNGU2 26 days ago
We won 1-0
BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Sven Will show “An American Werewolf in London”.... I think 🤔
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
He should it’s a good movie but he has to cut out a certain scene. 🎬 Not good for the younger horror fans
BEATNGU2 Mamootsa 26 days ago
Its actually quite graphic
Violence- Gore - gratuitous nudity
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
I didn’t find it too gory. Nudity yes that would be omitted. Sven can put a warning for disturbing images
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BEATNGU2 26 days ago
No way
They were a great R & B Quartet
BEATNGU2 26 days ago
W00 H00
Mamootsa 26 days ago
I thought you meant Brian boytano 🤣🤣
Mamootsa 26 days ago
Temps were great 👍
BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Loov-Lee
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BEATNGU2 Klaatu 26 days ago
Ahhh we keep the dream goin
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Mamootsa 26 days ago
So tell me. What’s up with the blog changeover at midnight?? Do we turn into Lycans 🐺 or bats 🦇
Mikeyyy Mamootsa 26 days ago
Im usually half asleep by then. Surprisingly it hasn't slowed me down much.
Klaatu 26 days ago
Better get your typing skills honed for the new blog!
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Mamootsa Klaatu 26 days ago
Yeah baby!!
Mikeyyy Klaatu 26 days ago
There's skill involved?? so my luck rabbits foot, four leaf clover and voodoo dolls don't do anything??
BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Hey Mamootsa ya better be careful when you access your closet - this guy could be Lurking in it 😉
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RobBarnes BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Now Jan in the Pan, I could watch every 6 months or so.
Mamootsa BEATNGU2 26 days ago
They look like horror creatures. Just age gracefully
PARANORMA Mamootsa 26 days ago
Or when you discovered the monster under the bed was actually hiding from the thing in the closet...
LmerFudd 26 days ago
Cat Scratch Fever....
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LmerFudd BEATNGU2 26 days ago
No question about it.
BEATNGU2 LmerFudd 26 days ago
Agreed 💯 %
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BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Knuckles beat
Mamootsa 26 days ago
The mist was awesome. I love Stephen King. The ending was very disturbing to my then man friend. He actually had a few nightmares about that movie and the ending!
Mamootsa 26 days ago
I think I saw Legion 🤔
BEATNGU2 26 days ago
Interesting to say the least
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