Roger Corman’s 1963 thriller The Terror – restored and in HD for the first time ever – will be available in a special DVD/Blu-ray combo pack April 26 from Film Chest on the HD Cinema Classics and CULTRA labels (distributed by Virgil Films & Entertainment).
In 18th century France, Lt. Andre Duvalier (three-time Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson, The Departed, As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men), an officer in Napoleon’s army, has been separated from his regiment. Wandering near the coast, he spies a young woman (Sandra Knight, Frankenstein’s Daughter, Blood Bath) and calls out. When she fails to acknowledge him, he follows her into the dark surf and loses consciousness.
He awakens in a house, tended by an old woman, Katrina (Dorothy Neumann, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Ten Commandments), who claims not to know the mysterious lady. On his way again, Andre comes upon the castle of Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, The Mummy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas).
There he learns that the girl is in fact the spirit of the Baron’s late wife being used as a pawn by the witchy Katrina, who is bent on driving the elderly Baron to suicide.
Famous for being shot on leftover film sets from other productions, The Terror, produced and directed by Roger Corman, has been released under several titles (Lady of the Shadows, The Castle of Terror and The Haunting) and more recently aired as episodes of the syndicated TV series Cinema Insomnia With Mr. Lobo and Elvira’s Movie Macabre (Oct. 3, 2010).
The Terror, restored from original 35mm elements, is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 and 5.1 surround sound mix. Enclosed is a collectible postcard reproduction of the original movie poster and special features include Spanish subtitles, before-and-after film restoration demo and trailer.