**1/2 I love B movies. Here, Jack Nicholson must climb up a mountain to find the ocean up there ! Now, the first 15 minutes of THE TERROR are very good disclosing little by little a fairy tale mood worthy of the most dark German tales of the XIXth century. The rest of the film is not so interesting. A DVD zone Corman fans or curious ones.
The many archetypal inversions that play up the masculine fear of the Other are a plus here, if seen within the genre of horror that fuses intelligently milieu with inner mental torment. Here, the fascination with decay and doppelgänger effects are properly accompanied by exuberant exterior shots. In terms of acting it is a mess (Karloff survives the fiasco) but color and opening credits reward to astounding degree.
By far the best bits in the film are the outdoor seaside ones, filled with a fine feeling for landscape, and most of which (around 15 min) were shot by Monte Hellman (apparently most of Coppola's outdoors footage was unusable, pace Wikipedia, though 10 mins of it wound up in bits and pieces: some bits of the forest scene, the scenes at Katrina's hut)
Un navet suranné qui se regarde avec plaisir. L’intrigue est pas mal, le reste est kitsch. Les gros sabots font sourire, comme la tombe de la « baroness » gravée en anglais, alors qu’on est censés se trouver vers Darmstadt (mais au bord de la mer!!!), et le caramel fondu pour faire le cadavre en décomposition. J. Nicholson a l’air nigaud. Malgré tout, le suspense est au rendez-vous. Il y aurait un bon remake à faire.
When a man meets a beautiful girl while being lost in a strange place dark magic, ghosts of the past and grievance ensues. Boris Karloff is a beast with his sad eyes and rigorous demeanor. A film suitable for anyone who isn't afraid of mild unprofessionalism and witnessing joyful moviemaking. This has the makings of a cult picture due to the names involved and the easygoing attitude of the creative team. Was fun.