The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror)
The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror) (1963)

In this horror chiller, an intriguing, beautiful woman (Sandra Knight) keeps re-appearing to early 19th-century Lt. Duvalier (Jack Nicholson), and he is led to a castle where he finds an imposter of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). He… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 17, 1963
DVD Release Date: September 15, 1998
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36%
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Once you know the story behind the movie you can't help but love it.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Scene by scene, it's a delightful Ovidian creature

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Terror is more boring than it is scary.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The script is erratic and the pacing often poor, but it's a treat to watch the great Karloff and a baby-faced Nicholson square off, and the story packs a couple of nice surprises toward the end.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Moody, not-quite-coherent suspense

Phil Hall
Film Threat

Nicholson gave the best analysis of the film in a later-career interview: "It was incredibly bad."

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Tepid, shoddy stuff despite its pedigree.


Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
It didn't give me "The Terror", but this still managed to be a pretty enjoyable Poe-esque chiller. It is interesting seeing young Jack Nicholson… More
Kyle Fowler
Whoa! This movie is boring. It's not exciting or interesting, it doesn't even try to offer thrills, and it's not even funny in a fun old horror… More
Tim Salmons
I love seeing Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, and Dick Miller all in the same movie together, but the material just isn't all that great. It's the… More
Robert C
What the? I believe this was one of Jacks first films and it was an opportunity to work with Karlofff, who wouldn't say YES? And it was towards the… More
Aj V
I really like this movie, it has some great stars, and the story is really cool. This is a spooky horror movie, and I enjoyed it.
Chris Weber
Strange but interesting gothic horror yarn from Roger Corman. It's fun watching an old Boris Karloff interact with a young Jack Nicholson.