(1971)- This movie was incorrectly marketed as a "horror"
movie and is still mispackaged as a "horror" movie on the home video
market. There is really nothing "horror" about it. It's a
drama movie, definitely a crime story. Only the ending has
anything that remotely implies to the supernatural.
Tony Trelos is a struggling nightclub
singer. The movie opens with Tony screaming after seeing
frightening images of things, including his own death, in his dreams
while at the beach. He is then approached by a very attractive,
slightly older woman by the name of Andrea Hilliard. Tony is
already betrothed to another, but he flirts with the buxom blonde and
invites her to see him at the nightclub. He soon learns, however,
that Andrea is the new, active president of National Records, a major
record company. Andrea took over the business from her invalid
husband, Martin. Tony decides to put the make on Andrea in order
to land a recording contract. The two have quite a torrid love
affair and before you know it, Tony's in the studio recording a single
for major release.
doesn't realize is that Andrea's crazy. She's an alcoholic, and a
druggie, and a nymphomaniac. Andrea's also in love with money and
the finer things in life. She and her husband hold a deep hatred
for each other, especially since his accident as he can't "perform" in
the bedroom. Martin is extremely jealous of her relationship with
Tony. A big fight ensues, and Andrea drowns Martin in the
funeral, Tony meets Martin's estranged daughter from his first
marriage. The singer falls madly in love with the beautiful
blonde Helayne, who is probably about 19 or 20. Martin's millions
are now shared 50/50 between the two sexy blondes: Helayne and
Andrea. Tony decides to play off both cuties. The handsome
plaything proposes to Andrea for a quick, 15-minute wedding in
Tijuana. Andrea refuses, knowing that Tony is only interested in
the money. Their romantic relationship ends very ugly, and Andrea
goes out of town for awhile.
In only a
few short weeks, Tony exclusively pursues Helayne. Helayne is
young and inexperienced in the ways of love, and really doesn't see
what Tony is up to. A change soon comes over Tony. At
first, it was all about the money; he then realizes that he truly loves
Helayne. Meanwhile, Tony ignores his neglected girlfriend, Sally,
who tells him she's pregnant. Tony and Helayne go to Tijuana and
are quickly wed. Tony and bride come back to Martin's house for
their honeymoon. Andrea returns to the homestead in the middle of
encounters Andrea and tells her about being wed to Helayne.
Andrea informs him that, according to the will, Helayne gets NOTHING of
Martin's fortune if she marries before the age of 25; Andrea gets
everything. For the first time, Tony doesn't follow the money
trail and defiantly refuses to be Andrea's plaything any longer.
He is all set to support Helayne on his meager salary. Andrea
attacks Tony. In self defense, Tony throws Andrea over a
cliff. Andrea's dead...very dead.
death is ruled as an accidental fall by the local police. Tony
and Helayne have the perfect alibi of saying they were still in Tijuana
at the time of the incident. Nevertheless, Tony and wife plan a
quick trip out of the country to avoid any possible prosecution.
Shortly before they would leave, Tony gets a phone call from his
pregnant former girlfriend, Sally. When he arrives at her house,
Sally shoots him. Tony is on the ground, dying. All of a
sudden, Tony wakes up screaming on the beach. It was all a
dream! Then he meets Andrea Hilliard for the very first time and
is frozen in shock. Everything he dreamed was really a
premonition of things to come if he pursued Andrea! A cool twist!
This movie has its plusses and minuses. I'll
get the minuses out of the way first, as I always like to end reviews
on a positive note. The first problem with this movie is that it
never should have been marketed as a horror movie. It's not a
horror movie at all. I think more people would have gone to see
this movie in the theaters if the producers would have honestly
admitted it was a drama. The only thing they did by calling this
a horror movie is upset the moviegoers that were anticipating a really
scary, suspenseful movie. The title of the movie, "Point of
Terror", is also misleading; it has nothing to do with the movie.
also drags a bit. It views too much like a soap opera that you
can watch on TV for free. It should have been a bigger
production, with interesting things added to separate it from TV soap
operas. This is, after all, supposed to be a movie. Bigger
action sequences would have been neat, a great soundtrack was certainly
needed, and bigger thrills should have been written into the
story. They needed to raise the stakes a bit, make the conflict a
bit edgier. For instance, we never did see any confrontation
between Andrea and Helayne, who supposedly hated each other. What
if Andrea tried to kill Helayne, and Tony had to save her? That
would have been exciting.
upon the music: The music stinks. There are only two songs
that we hear over and over, and they aren't good the first time.
They just sound so phony. Tony is a mod crooner in the tradition
of Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, etc. Making movies is all
about knowing your audience, and the producers certainly missed their
mark with this film. They knew this was going to be a drive-in
type of movie with a sort of cult audience. Most of those
moviegoers were younger people who like rock music. If they made
Tony a rock singer/guitarist, he would have been a more interesting
character for viewers to follow. The music, and the character
himself, needed to be more hip. Especially since the music was
such a big part of Tony's character, and we have to hear the music so
much in this movie.
Now the plusses. The cast is awesome.
Peter Carpenter is a cool-looking, cool-acting guy. He gave a
good acting performance. It's a shame he didn't do more in
film. I think Hollywood lost a good potential leading man.
Dyanne Thorne is AWESOME! Oh my goodness! When I first saw
her in this movie, in that bikini, with that figure, I knew the rest of
this movie was worth watching. Besides the fact that she's hotter
than h***, she actually gives a good acting performance. It's not
often that someone so sexy can also be a very convincing
villainess. Thorne has a good balance. I liked everyone in
the cast; didn't have a problem with anyone's acting.
thought the movie was well-filmed. Good locations, but it could
have used a bit more outside filming. There seems to be too much
filmed inside. Things can get boring when you're in a small room
for too long. Plus, I felt the story was a little too big to be
shot primarily inside of a nightclub, recording studio, apartment,
bedroom, etc. Overall, though, I was happy with how it was filmed.
The story is
good. Could have been fleshed out a bit more. I know that
budgets often limit creativity, but I do know that this story deserved
a splashier production. I think it's cool that Peter Carpenter
was one of the film's writers. Since he was a writer, he had a
pretty good handle on how to play the character, and he did a good job.
watch this movie again in its entirety? Heck no. Would I
rewatch the highlights? Sure. The best moments were of
Peter Carpenter as Tony Trelos
Dyanne Thorne as Andrea Hilliard
Lory Hansen as Helayne Hilliard
Leslie Simms as Fran
Joel Marston as Martin Hilliard
Paula Mitchell as Sally, Tony's girlfriend
Dana Diamond as Barmaid, the hot, busty blonde
Al Dunlap as Charlie the Bartender
Ernest A. Charles as Detective [credited as Ernest Charles]
Roberta Robson as Martin's 1st Wife
Tony Kent as Priest
Hope Lugosi as Bar Extra [uncredited]
Director- Alex Nicol
Writers- Peter Carpenter, Ernest A. Charles, Tony Crechales, Chris Marconi.