A college psychology student, internt on writing a term paper on how much terror the human mind can endure, learns his answers first-hand as he finds himself the target of a mysterious, hooded killer. Starring Rod Lauren and Steve Drexel.
From booklet included with the DVD:
[quote]"Director Lew Landers died not long after completing this black-and-white shocker for Crown-International Pictures. The film was the first project from Bern-Field Productions, formed by producer/screenwriter Richard Bernstein and associate producer Edward Critchfield in 1962.
Bernstein had produced From Hell It Came (1957) for Allied Artists, as well as Tank Battalion (1958) and Why Must I Die (1960) for American International Pictures. Landers (who also directed under the name Louis Friedlander) was one of the most prolific directors in Hollywood, helming more than 100 films in a 30-year period. Although he had worked on a handful of horror films, including Return of the Vampire (1944) and The Raven (1935), there is nothing else in his credits quite like Terrified.
With its desert setting and black-masked serial killer, the film recalls Val Lewton's The Leopard Man (1943) and the similarly attired lunatics of the European Edgar Wallace thrillers. And althoughit's not the best of the Psycho-inspiredthrillers of the period, it does have some effective sequences - most notably the errie opening scene of a man being buried alive in cement.
The cast consists of mainly minor television actors, along with a few familiar faces like Denver Pyle.Star Rod Lauren also appeared in The Black Zoo and The Crawling Hand in 1963. He later became embroiled in a real-life horror when he was accused of paying two men to kill his wife, Philippine actress Nida Blanca, who was found stabbed to death ina parking lot in 2001. He returned to the U.S. and successfully fought extradition to the Philippines, but fell to his death from a hotel balcony in 2007, an apparent suicide.
Bern-Field made only one other film, a Western called The Gun Hawk (1963) starring Lauren, Rory Calhoun, and Rod Cameron."[/quote]
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