Film / Trilogy of Terror

Trilogy of Terror is a 1975 made for TV horror anthology film. Directed by Dan Curtis, it consists of three segments which are based on short stories by Richard Matheson.

  1. "Julie" - A University English teacher is blackmailed into a relationship with her student.
  2. "Millicent and Therese" - Two sisters hate each other with a passion. The older sister decides to deal with the younger one once and for all.
  3. "Amelia" - A woman with an overbearing mother accidentally releases a murderous spirit within a Zuni Fetish doll free and must fight for her life. The film's most popular and best remembered segment.

A sequel to the movie was released in 1996, which was also directed by Dan Curtis.

Overall tropes:

  • Downer Ending: All three. Even the one where the female protagonist survives and isn't possessed.
  • Pilot Movie: The film was intended as the pilot for a new horror anthology tv show, but it failed.
  • The X of Y


"Millicent and Therese"

  • Happier Home Movie: The segment opens with Millicent watching an old home movie from her childhood, which has both of her parents alive.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Inspired by a child's doll that Therese broke, Millicent decides to get rid of her with a Voodoo Doll.
  • Name and Name
  • Parental Incest: According to Millicent, Therese seduced their father when she was 16.
  • Twist Ending: Therese is actually same person as Millicent, who is suffering from Split Personality. And by destroying her "sister", she kills herself.
  • The Vamp: Therese, who attempts to seduce any man near her.


  • Agony of the Feet: The Zuni Fetish doll begins its attack on Amelia by stabbing her feet while she's searching for it.
  • Fangs Are Evil: The Zuni Fetish doll has sharp teeth. Amelia sports them after she is possessed by the doll's spirit.
  • The Ghost: Amelia's mother is never shown onscreen; all the interactions between her and her daughter are through a phone.
  • Kill It with Water: Amelia tries to unsuccessfully drown the Zuni Fetish doll by wrapping it in a towel and submerging it in a bathtub.
  • Knife Nut: After awakening, the Zuni Fetish doll grabs one of Amelia's kitchen knives and spends the segment chasing her with it.
  • Murder by Cremation: Amelia finally gets rid of the Zuni Fetish doll by locking it in an oven, where it catches on fire.
  • My Beloved Smother: Amelia's mother, who demands all of her attention and doesn't let her live her own life.
  • Perverse Puppet: After the medallion around it is removed, the Zuni Fetish doll comes to life and starts attacking Amelia.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The Zuni Fetish doll is small but powerful.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Twist Ending: Amelia manages to destroy the Zuni Fetish doll, but is possessed by the spirit residing in it, and the segment ends with her waiting to ambush her mother.