THE TERROR (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
The Roger Corman cult film famous for having a young Jack Nicholson is about a French soldier who washes to shore and sees the spirit of a hot girl. But is she alive or dead? He enters a castle to find out. Wacky stuff then happens.
Is it good movie?
I remember renting The Terror back in college during my ďif itís old it must be good days.Ē I pretty sure I plowed through most of the Roger Corman cannon during then, and the deeper into the vaults I went, the more I learned that old and classic doesnít mean it holds up. When I first watched The Terror my biggest complaint was the pure shit quality of it. (VHS!) The music and visual were so poor that it made the thing too difficult to watch. So when I received a Blu-Ray copy to review, I have to admit my interest was peaked. Could this new version of hi quality make it clean enough to warrant a better review? WellÖa little better.
In case you know nothing of it, The Terror has three things going for it. Boris Karloff. Jack Nicholson. Roger Corman. Now of the three listed, Jack is the main person of interest, especially since this is early in his career. I doubt anyone watched this back in 1963 and figured him for the next superstar, but heís believable, which is all you can ask (well, except heís supposed to be French. Not a lot of accent going on). Karloff is enjoyable as the evil Baron, but dude is Frankenstein. It would have been better if he had his bolts or those big boots. Regardless, The Terror is a little on the slow side. Itís in no rush to get anywhere fast, which isnít a bad thing, but itís a bit on the dull. Sets and mood are great, but donít go expecting quintessential ďhorrorĒ. Think psychological horror. A very slow one. It holds your interest as long as you know what youíre in for.
Video / Audio
Video: A very crisp and clear Widescreen presentation.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.
Combo pack with DVD and Blu-Ray for your viewing pleasure.
Before and After Demo: A nice little before and after restoreation demo. Donít blink. Itís quick.
Enjoyable but moves as fast as a car minus tires. Fun to watch Nicholson be all young and all. Great mood, sets, and Corman quality.