Terror in the Aisles

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Terror in the Aisles
Terror in the Aisles FilmPoster.jpeg
Original film poster
Directed by Andrew J. Kuehn
Produced by Andrew J. Kuehn
Stephen Netburn
Written by Margery Doppelt
Music by John Beal
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Kaleidoscope Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • October 26, 1984 (1984-10-26)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $10,004,817[1]

Terror in the Aisles is a 1984 American documentary film about horror films featuring clips from Friday the 13th I and/or II, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween I and II, Jaws 1 and 2, Alien, John Carpenter's The Thing, The Shining and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and The Birds. The film is hosted by Donald Pleasence and Nancy Allen. The original music score is composed by John Beal.


Director Andrew J. Kuehn has excerpted brief segments of terror and suspense in a wide variety of horror films and strung them together with added commentary, as well as some enacted narrative, to create a compilation of fright-inducing effects. Halloween actor Donald Pleasence and Dressed to Kill star Nancy Allen provide the commentary on topics such as "sex and terror" (Dressed to Kill, Klute, Ms. 45, The Seduction, When a Stranger Calls), loathsome villains (Dracula, Frankenstein, Friday the 13th Part 2 (although, surprisingly, not its 1980 original), Halloween I & II, Marathon Man, Nighthawks, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Touch of Evil, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Vice Squad, Wait Until Dark, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), "natural terror" (Alligator, The Birds, Frogs, Jaws 1 & 2, Nightwing), the occult (An American Werewolf in London, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, Carrie, The Fog, The Shining) and spoofs (Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Hold That Ghost, The Ghost Breakers, Scared Stiff, Phantom of the Paradise, Saturday the 14th). In one segment of the anthology, legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock presents his concepts of how to create suspense in a clip from Alfred Hitchcock: Men Who Made The Movies.


The film was released theatrically in the United States by Universal Pictures in October 1984. It grossed $10,004,817 at the box office.[1]

The film was released on VHS and CED Videodiscs by MCA Home Video in 1985.[2] The film's first time release to digital format was as a Special Feature on the 30th Anniversary Edition of Halloween II (1981) Blu-ray.[3] On October 15, 2012, Universal released the film on DVD as part of its Universal Vault Series.

The film's DVD and Blu-ray release is presented in the same 1.85:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical release, which also cropped any segments from other films that were originally produced using the anamorphic process.

Mill Creek Entertainment announced the re-released of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray.

Archival appearances[edit]

Films shown[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Terror in the Aisles". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Terror in the Aisles". IMDb. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  3. ^ ""HALLOWEEN II" Blu causes "TERROR IN THE AISLES"". Fangoria. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 

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