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Point of Terror (1971)

A nightclub singer has nightmares about being involved in adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares.

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Alex Nicol

Writers:

Peter Carpenter (story), Ernest A. Charles (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Carpenter ... Tony Trelos
Dyanne Thorne ... Andrea Hilliard
Lory Hansen Lory Hansen ... Helayne Hilliard
Leslie Simms ... Fran
Joel Marston ... Martin Hilliard
Paula Mitchell Paula Mitchell ... Sally
Dana Diamond Dana Diamond ... Waitress
Al Dunlap Al Dunlap ... Charlie
Ernest A. Charles Ernest A. Charles ... Detective (as Ernest Charles)
Roberta Robson Roberta Robson ... 1st Wife
Tony Kent Tony Kent ... Priest
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A nightclub singer has nightmares about being involved in adultery and murder, only to wake up and find that they may not be nightmares.

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A Super Shocker! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood on the Point of Terror See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jude Associates See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Lead and story co-writer Peter Carpenter died suddenly from a stroke just two months after the film's premiere and two years before it went into national release. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Where's Sally?
Andrea: She left, had a scout meeting.
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Alternate Versions

The television version features a lengthy ten minute flashback sequence showing Tony Trelos as a shoeshine boy and a nightmare recap of the various events in the story inserted at the end. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Drifter of the Heart
Written by Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson
Produced by Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson
Performed by Peter Carpenter (uncredited)
Recorded at Crystal Sound Recordings stages, Hollywood
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Flat but mildly amusing melodramatic horror
18 March 2017 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

Tony Trelos is a club singer at a seaside bar. Wanting more out of his career, he is approached by a woman on a beach who owns a record label with her crippled husband. Tony's involvement and exploits with her are more dangerous than he's aware of, however, as she's guilty of a murder, and capable of another.

The second piece of celluloid sleaze that Peter Carpenter wrote and starred in after the atmospheric (and underrated) "Blood Mania," "Point of Terror" is a significantly less thrilling picture—far more talky and significantly less moody. It also seems to be cribbing elements of "Blood Mania" in a lot of ways, as it follows borderline identical plot arcs that have been minutely tweaked: Man becomes involved with wealthy woman. Woman is unstable and a murderess. Family member enters the picture and complicates matters further. Same formula, different canvas.

The film is peppered with some of the most ridiculously "seventies" musical numbers you'll ever see, and also boasts a significant amount of skin from a buxom Dyanne Thorne and the hunky Carpenter. There is a nice doubled-over twist at the end of the film that is clever but rather cheap, and the general impression I got after it was over was that Carpenter seemed to have wanted to do-over "Blood Mania," but this time invoke as much of Jess Franco's "Succubus" as he could.

All in all, "Point of Terror" is a middling thriller that, while mildly amusing, is more or less a rehash of Carpenter's prior (and better) film. It is, like "Blood Mania," relatively well-shot, but it lacks the performances and moodiness that made the former so watchable. For a piece of grindhouse sleaze, "Point of Terror" is watchable, but it's lacking both in spirit and inventiveness. 5/10.


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