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Director  D. J. MacHale
Initial DVD release  August 5, 2003
Writer  D.J. MacHale
Language  English
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Horror, Thriller, Comedy
Country  United States
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Release date  October 26, 1997 (1997-10-26)
Based on  Disneys The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Adapted from  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Cast  Steve Guttenberg (Buzzy Crocker), Kirsten Dunst (Anna Petterson), Nia Peeples (Jill Perry), Michael McShane (Chris 'Q' Todd), Amzie Strickland (Abigail Gregory), Melora Hardin (Claire Poulet)
Similar movies  Youth, Entourage, Blackhat, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, The Shining, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Tagline  Hotel Guest Check In...But They Don't Check Out!

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Tower of Terror is a 1997 made-for-TV supernatural thriller directed by D. J. MacHale. It is based on the theme park attraction, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida and was originally a presentation of The Wonderful World of Disney. It is also Disney's first film based on an attraction at one of its theme parks, and the only adaptation to be made for television.


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Unlike the theme park ride, the film has no connection to any incarnation of The Twilight Zone.

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Much of the film was shot at the actual attraction at Disney-MGM Studios. The rest was filmed on a closed stage in Hollywood, California.

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Buzzy Crocker is a journalist who was fired from the Los Angeles Banner (where his then girlfriend Jill worked) for publishing a news story which turned out to be fake. He now writes for a supermarket tabloid, "The National Inquisitor". Buzzy is close friends with his young niece Anna.

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An elderly woman named Abigail Gregory comes to visit Buzzy, and explains that on Halloween in 1939, she was witness to an amazing incident in the Hollywood Tower Hotel, when five hotel guests - singer Carolyn Crosson, her boyfriend Gilbert London, much-loved child actress Sally Shine, her nanny Emeline Partridge, and bellhop Dewey Todd, - mysteriously disappeared when they were in an elevator on their way up to a party at the Tip Top Club.

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Abigail says that the nanny, Emeline, was a witch who tried to put a curse on Sally, only for the curse to misfire, trapping all of the five people who were in the elevator as ghosts, who haunt the hotel. Buzzy however reads in a book of spells that the curse can be reversed by its opposite. Abigail also explains that items belonging to the passengers must be found, and what happened in 1939 must be repeated. Buzzy and Anna enlist the help of Chris "Q" Todd, the grandson of Dewey, the bellhop. Q is reluctant, but he decides to help his deceased grandfather and the four guests, especially as he stands to inherit the hotel if the curse can be lifted.

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Entering the hotel Buzzy and Anna meet an actress named "Claire Poulet", who had been hired so Buzzy could take fake pictures of the "ghosts" for the supermarket tabloid. Buzzy vainly tries to develop a relationship with Claire, to which the latter also expresses her feelings. Fearing an intrusion, some of the ghosts appear and attempt to frighten off Buzzy and Anna, but Anna bravely offers to help the ghosts escape the curse. Finally the ghost of Carolyn appears. It is immediately apparent that she is the same "Claire Poulet" that Buzzy already talked to. Anna accuses Emeline of cursing the other guests. Shocked and dismayed at being put to blame, Emeline states her innocence, to which the other ghosts agree.

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It is then revealed that Abigail is the sister of Sally Shine. Abigail was jealous of her younger sister's talents. Although Halloween was Abigail's birthday, no one seemed to have remembered: no presents, no party. Abigail was the one who cursed her sister. Abigail has been in a sanitarium ever since, but is allowed out on day release.

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Buzzy realizes that finding the personal effects of the other guests and repairing the elevator has given Abigail the means to complete her spell. Jill has joined the group, and they rush back to the hotel, but they are too late. The ghosts are boarding the elevator. Anna runs in, and Sally runs out of the elevator. The elevator moves up. The group confronts Abigail, who then tearfully admits her wrongdoing.

The elevator continues to move up, but gets stuck on the eleventh floor, with only minutes left before the final phase of the curse comes into effect. Sally explains that the big party in the 12th-floor club was a surprise birthday party for Abigail. Sally apologizes to Abigail for not being able to get to the party. Sally has kept the present she wanted to give to Abby: a golden bracelet with two hearts engraved with their names. Abby, Buzzy, Q, Jill and Sally board the service elevator, catching up with the others on the eleventh floor. Anna manages to escape from an emergency escape hatch, rejoining Buzzy and the others in their elevator. At exactly 8:05pm, lightning strikes the hotel again, as happened in 1939, and both elevators plummet downwards. Amidst the chaos, Sally forgives her sister, and as they lovingly hold hands, they both dissolve into a shower of golden sparkles, breaking the curse and safely stopping both elevators just as they were about to crash.

Buzzy and his group accompany Gilbert, Sally, Dewey, Carolyn and Emeline up to the party in the Tip-Top Club on the top floor, restored to its former glory. One by one, the ghosts then ascend to Heaven, along with the other partygoers. Abigail, now a child again, appears with Sally, and thanks her for the present. The sisters then hold hands and vanish into golden sparkles, reversing the curse on the hotel. With the spell broken, the Hollywood Tower Hotel is re-opened to the public, with Q taking charge as the new owner.


  • Steve Guttenberg – Buzzy Crocker
  • Kirsten Dunst – Anna Petterson
  • Nia Peeples – Jill Perry
  • Michael McShane – Chris 'Q' Todd
  • Amzie Strickland – Abigail "Abby" Gregory
  • Melora Hardin – Carolyn Crosson / Claire Poulet
  • Alastair Duncan – Gilbert London
  • Lindsay Ridgeway – Sally "Sally Shine" Gregory
  • John Franklin – Dewey Todd
  • Wendy Worthington – Emeline Partridge
  • Lela Ivey – Patricia Petterson
  • Richard Minchenberg – Dr. Daniels
  • Marcus Smythe – Surgeon
  • Don Perry – Great Grand Dad
  • Michael Waltman – Reporter
  • Ben Kronen – Mr. Galvao
  • Bill Elliot – Bandleader
  • Shira Roth – Young Abigail
  • Lynne Donahoe – Chloe
  • Dean Marsico – Photographer
  • New theatrical film adaptation

    In 2015, it was announced that a remake of the film was reportedly in development, written by John August and produced by Jim Whitaker.


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