Trilogy of Terror’s Karen Black crowdfunding her cancer treatment

Trilogy of Terror’s Karen Black crowdfunding her cancer treatment

My Significant Other and I were just talking this weekend about Trilogy of Terror this weekend.

That was a TV movie that first ran in 1975, and many of us still remember it…and are still creeped out by the little Zuni doll with the weird teeth and the big knife that hunted a woman in her apartment.

That woman was played by Karen Black, who also played two very different women in the same production.

Here it is, close to four decades later, and we are still remembering it.

I actually went back and re-watched it within the last couple of years, and unlike some things I’d seen decades earlier, it was still effective.

Karen Black has cancer.

She is trying to raise $17,000 for a particular treatment through a campaign

Her husband explains the situation on the website, but I think this is a key paragraph:

“Yes, she was an actress in movies, but most of the high-paying work dwindled out many years ago.  She has a modest pension and medical insurance (thank goodness), but as anyone knows who has fought cancer, that is not enough.  In the last two years we have used up all of our savings keeping Karen alive – traveling – treatments, getting people to help her.  We have nothing left.  And the European treatment is not covered by insurance.”

We see this all too often: someone who had a big impact on our lives, who brought us great entertainment, needing help in later years.

It’s up to you, of course, but I thought you might want to know about it.

Karen Black’s other geek-friendly credits include:

  • The Invaders (a guest spot in 1967)
  • Circle of Fear
  • The Pyx
  • Burnt Offerings
  • The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver
  • Capricorn One
  • Killer Fish (piranhas, and Lee Majors)
  • The Last Horror Film
  • The Hitchhiker
  • The Blue Man
  • Invaders from Mars (the Tobe Hooper remake)
  • Worlds Beyond
  • Faerie Tale Theatre
  • It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive (the killer baby series)
  • The Invisible Kid
  • Out of the Dark
  • Evil Spirits
  • Zapped Again!
  • Night Angel
  • Haunting Fear
  • Mirror Mirror (1990, with Yvonne De Carlo)
  • The Roller Blade Seven (and two sequels)
  • Ralph S. Mouse (a “Mouse and the Motorcycle” TV movie)
  • Children of the Night (vampires)
  • The Double O Kid
  • Dead Girls Don’t Tango
  • Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies
  • Plan 10 from Outer Space
  • The Wacky Adventures of Dr. Boris and Nurse Shirley
  • Dinosaur Valley Girls
  • Children of the Corn: The Gathering
  • The Hunger (TV series…this episode costarred Daniel Craig, Terence Stamp, and Lena Headey
  • Lightspeed (with David Carradine…not the Stan Lee movie)
  • Invisible Dad
  • Soulkeeper
  • Teknolust (Tilda Swinton, Jeremy Davies)
  • Curse of the Forty-Niner
  • House of 1000 Corpses (Rob Zombie writes and directs)
  • Dr. Rage
  • Repo Chick
  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
  • Dark Blood
  • Ooga Booga (a comedy horror movie with a clear debt to Trilogy of Terror, released in 2013)

Although she has obviously had a geek-friendly career, she has also had mainstream success. She was nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar for Five Easy Pieces, and won a Golden Globe for that role and one for The Great Gatsby (and was nominated for The Day of the Locust).

Our guess is that her campaign will succeed, if enough of her fans hear about it. Regardless, we wish Karen Black and her family and friends the best.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

3 Responses to “Trilogy of Terror’s Karen Black crowdfunding her cancer treatment”

  1. Brook Says:

    I am a huge fan of Karen Black and loved her in “Trilogy of Terror” and especially “Burnt Offerings”. Two movies that affected me as a child more deeply than my parents knew. You never forget the Zumi doll. She also had a great side part in the Stevie Nicks dedication movie “Gypsy 83” as an alcoholic songstress hiding out in Ohio. Check that out, if you haven’t seen it. Great post and yes, Karen Black is one of those actresses that have been pushed out by the mainstream. Undoubtedly, she is one of the best. Thanks for a great post.

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