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Ring of Terror

1962

Med student Lewis Moffitt (George E. Mather) harbours a secret fear of the dark stemming from a traumatic childhood incident involving a corpse. Nonetheless, he pretends to be unaffected during the first autopsy witnessed by his class, and generally affects an attitude of fearlessness. This, however, inspires his would-be frat brothers to conceive a particularly morbid initiation ritual -- one which will, inevitably, go horribly awry.


Ring of Terror is a black-and-white 1962 in film horror film, which centers around a young medical student named Lewis Moffitt who must open a crypt and steal the ring of a deceased man in order to join a fraternity. It was directed by Clark L. Paylow from a screenplay by Lewis Simeon and Jerrold I. Zinnamon. Ring of Terror stars George E. Mather as Lewis, with Austin Green and Esther Furst in supporting roles.
Ring of Terror was poorly received by nearly every critic who reviewed it. Criticisms were directed at the pacing and the age of the actors, with many critics feeling it was unsuitable for them to play college students due to their age. The film was featured in the sixth episode of the second season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, along with the third chapter of the 1939 serial The Phantom Creeps.

Plot summary

Medical student Lewis Moffitt (George E. Mather) protects a secret fear of the dark, stemming from an ordeal as a child which involved a dead body that frightened him. Despite this, he acts indifferent during the first autopsy that he and his class witness, which has a positive effect on his courage. However, the autopsy provokes his soon-to-be frat brothers to come up with a strange induction practice, expecting it to go wrong. They task Lewis with finding and taking the ring of a deceased person, so he can be accepted into the fraternity.
Ring of Terror is narrated by a graveyard keeper, who invites the audience to follow him while he attempts to find his missing cat. When he finds himself near a specific gravestone, he finds himself thinking about Lewis Moffitt and his ordeal.

Production

Ring of Terror was directed by Clark L. Paylow, from a screenplay by Lewis Simeon and Jerrold I. Zinnamon.<></> Ring of Terror is Simeon and Zinnamon's only film credit.< name=Miller></> Ring of Terror features a musical score by James Cairncross. It is Cairncross' only credit in the entertainment industry.<></> Cinematography was done by Brydon Baker, and the film was edited by Jodie Copelan.<></> It was produced and released by Playstar.< name=Arena></>

Reception

Ring of Terror received generally negative reviews. A review in Fight Night on Channel 9: Saturday Night Horror Films on New York's WOR-TV, 1973-1987 by James Arena gave Ring of Terror a C, but noted that "it was just off-beat enough to hold my interest."</> VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever called Ring of Terror a "cheaply made flop."<></>

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Ring of Terror was featured in a second season episode of the television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was the sixth episode of the season, and was first broadcast on Comedy Central on November 3, 1990.<></> In the show, a man named Joel Robinson is held captive in space and forced to watch the worst films that his captor, Dr. Clayton Forrester (MST3K), can find. In order to put up with the poor films, Joel, and the robots he created, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot make jokes at the expense of the film while they watch it. During the episode, they are visible at the bottom of the screen while they watch the film, in silhouette.<></> Due to the short running time of Ring of Terror, the third chapter of the 1939 serial The Phantom Creeps was played after Ring of Terror concluded.<></> It was the final chapter of The Phantom Creeps to be featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.</> Ring of Terror is included in Mill Creek Entertainment's Nightmare Worlds 50 Movie Pack Collection, a box set containing 50 horror films. It was released on August 15, 2006.<></>
On June 26, 2007, Rhino Home Video released the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode that features Ring of Terror on DVD, as part of The Mystery Science Theater Collection: Volume 11.< name=DVDT></>


Category:Films featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes
Category:1962 horror films
Category:1962 films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films about fraternities and sororities
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