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All-time scariest TV characters -- #8: Zuni fetish doll

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 24th 2007 12:00PM
Trilogy of TerrorCharacter: Zuni fetish doll
Show: Trilogy of Terror
Episode: "Amelia"

Have you ever seen this (the original Trilogy of Terror, not the '90s remake)? It completely and utterly terrified me as a ten year-old.

The TV movie consisted of three short films, all starring Karen Black in different roles. The first one has her as a teacher who is blackmailed by a student, but she gets the upper hand on him in a creepy way. The second has Black playing twin sisters. But it's the third story that freaked me out. "Amelia" has Black alone in her apartment, being chased around by a little doll that has a knife in it's hand. It sounds silly, I know. How can a doll hurt a grown woman? But the little bastard is vicious and relentless, and it's entirely convincing. When Amelia thinks she has killed the doll by trapping it in the oven, we find out that it takes over her soul. The last scene has Amelia calling her mom to come over, so she can kill her.

Somehow I don't think this ran on The Wonderful World of Disney.

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I don't remember this particular one but Karen Black made a lot of what I call 1970s Devil Movies which I love as an Adult.

March 30 2015 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes indeed ... I remember this one. It left goosebumps. But the one trilogy of horror that definitely scared my pants off was Mario Bava's,'Black Sabbath', narrated by Boris Karloff. The 3rd part of that trilogy was so horrific that when I first viewed it I couldn't sleep for several weeks without double checking to see if all doors were locked and at least one light left turned on. It's a bout a woman's corpse that goes after another woman that has stolen her ring. The make-up, wardrobe, lighting, sound effects, and acting were all perfectly done. And to top it off, Boris Karloff sets the stage for this suspense, thriller~chiller with his masterful narration. A must see for those who love to have their minds blown.

October 28 2007 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh HELL yeah!!!!

I thought I was the only one that saw this! I still can see that thing running around.

October 24 2007 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, this one brought back memories I thought I'd successfully hidden away for decades... gee, thanks! This episode scared the living crap out of me as a child. Even reading about it made me shiver.

October 24 2007 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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