The Terror is a 1963 Independent American grindhouse horror film produced and directed by Roger Corman. The plot concerns a French officer who is seduced by an intriguing woman who is also a shapeshifting devil. It was filmed on sets left over from other AIP productions, including The Haunted Palace.
The film is sometimes linked to Corman’s Poe cycle, a series of films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe; however, The Terror is not based on any text written by Poe. It has become famous because of the circumstances of its production, including the fact all of Boris Karloff’s scenes were shot in two days; the movie was also played an important role in the financing and production of Targets (1968), directed by Peter Bogdanovich, starring Karloff. Corman wrote the film “began as a challenge : to shoot most of a gothic film in two days using left over sets from The Raven. It turned into the longest production of my career - an ordeal that required five directors and nine months to complete. But like Little Shop [of Horrors], it’s a classic story of how to make a film out of nothing.”
Francis Ford Coppola
Boris Karloff as Baron von Leppe/Eric, a corrupt aristocratic man who murdered the baron and his wife and poses as the baron of an abandoned castle.
Jack Nicholson as Andre Duvalier, a soldier of Napoleon’s army who finds himself lost after fleeing his men during battle.
Dick Miller as Stefan, the Baron’s son and trustful servant who serves the impostor.
Sandra Knight as Helene/Ilsa, the shapeshifting demon of the witch who poses as the baron’s deceased wife.
Dorothy Neumann as Katrina the witch, a peasant woman and the mother of Eric who was driven out of the village for heresy and witchcraft.
Jonathan Haze as Gustaf, a lost village man who became the mentally ill servant of the witch.