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The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle (2009)

  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 307 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Family | Mystery
  • Release Date: 19 March 2009 (Austria)
  • Runtime: 97 min
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The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle (2009)


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  • IMDb page: The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle (2009)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 307 votes 
  • Genre: Adventure | Family | Mystery
  • Release Date: 19 March 2009 (Austria)
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Filming Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
  • Director: Florian Baxmeyer
  • Stars: Chancellor Miller, Nick Price and Cameron Monaghan
  • Original Music By: Annette Focks   
  • Plot Keyword: Young Detectives | Based On Novel

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Robert Arthur  novel
  • Philip LaZebnik  writer
  • Aaron Mendelsohn  writer

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    Plot: Full synopsis »

    Story: A new case for the cult detectives! Not by coincidence, a mysterious videotape falls into the hands of Jupiter Jones (CHANCELLOR MILLER)… See full synopsis »


    Synopsis: A new case for the cult detectives! Not by coincidence, a mysterious videotape falls into the hands of Jupiter Jones (CHANCELLOR MILLER), Pete Crenshaw (NICK PRICE) and Bob Andrews (CAMERON MONAGHAN) during Jupiter’s birthday party in Rocky Beach. On it is a recording of Jupiter’s long dead parents. In their message they want to communicate to their son the key to an especially tricky riddle.

    The Three Investigators do not hesitate for a second: immediately, they make their way to the abandoned property of the mad inventor Terrill, located in a lonesome wood in Northern California. The place is rumored to be haunted! Although Jupiter, Pete and Bob are a shrewd team, they must gather all of their courage and resolve to enter the ghostly ruins. It quickly becomes clear that there is something very odd going on and that the building appears to be cursed.

    But that’s not enough: the persistent Sheriff Hanson (JONATHAN PIENAAR) has it in for the boys. And his daughter Caroline (ANNETTE KEMP) – who has supernatural abilities – casts her eye at Bob and sees in him a soul-mate from the dim and distant past. Without a doubt, this is the craziest and scariest case the Three Investigators have ever had to deal with…


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Malte Grunert known as producer
    • Ronald Kruschak known as creative producer
    • Stuart Pollok known as executive producer
    • Bertha Spieker known as co-producer
    • Sytze Van Der Laan known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Chancellor Miller known as Jupiter Jones
    • Nick Price known as Pete Crenshaw
    • Cameron Monaghan known as Bob Andrews
    • James Faulkner known as Stephen Terrill / Victor Hugenay
    • Anette Kemp known as Caroline (as Annette Kemp)
    • Jonathan Pienaar known as Sheriff Hanson
    • Ron Smerczak known as Worthington
    • Martin Le Maitre known as Uncle Titus
    • Catherine Cooke known as Aunt Mathilda
    • Julia Bremermann known as Catherine
    • Axel Milberg known as Julius



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Daleen Badenhorst known as makeup assistant
    • Odette Reebok known as makeup artist: moustaches & beards
    • Malanie Rigby known as hair assistant (as Melany Rigby)
    • Malanie Rigby known as makeup assistant (as Melany Rigby)
    • Dineo Seretse known as hair trainee (as Dineo Seretsa)
    • Dineo Seretse known as makeup trainee (as Dineo Seretsa)
    • Annette van Staden known as key hair stylist
    • Annette van Staden known as key makeup artist
    • Pia Cornelius known as hair designer (uncredited)
    • Pia Cornelius known as makeup designer (uncredited)

    Art Department:

    • Mogamat Noor Abdullah known as art runner (as Mogamat Abdullah)
    • Nazeem Abdullah known as buyer
    • Herbie Adler known as foreman
    • Maricel Albertyn known as set painter
    • Bongani Apleni known as assistant steel
    • John Appolis known as carpenter
    • Alfred Ashivudhi known as brush hand
    • David Bastiaans known as hod carpenter (as Dave Bastiaans)
    • Eric Bentshu known as leading hand
    • Xoliswa Gladys Bentshu known as office assistant (as Gladys Benthu)
    • Zola Bhentshu known as assistant carpenter (as Zola Bentshu)
    • Mzolisi Bless known as construction laborer
    • Joshua Joel Booi known as construction laborer (as Joshua Booi)
    • Anneke Botha known as set dresser
    • Coulibaly Boubeda known as swing gang
    • Justin Bracher known as fabricator
    • Derryn Brigg known as buyer
    • Garry Brown known as foreman
    • Raymond Camagu known as swing gang
    • Chicco Cardoso known as swing gang (as Aurio Cardoso)
    • Terry Chicken known as head greensman
    • Antony Cousins known as lead stagehand (as Anthony Cousens)
    • Axel Eichhorst known as concept artist
    • Axel Eichhorst known as storyboard artist
    • Paddy Ellis known as action vehicle coordinator
    • Cuan Eveleigh known as stand-by props (as Cuen Everleigh)
    • Palacious Aifranzo Faro known as stagehand (as Palacious Faro)
    • Simon Fraser known as welder
    • Brandan Gibb known as leading hand (as Brendan Gibb)
    • Andrew Gouveia known as carpenter
    • Paulus Hein known as carpenter
    • Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson known as draftsman
    • Renee Hendricks known as set dresser
    • Peter Hlongwane known as set finishing painter
    • Graham Inggs known as video graphics
    • Chris Jacobs known as carpenter
    • Modsa Jacobs known as fabricator
    • Moosa Jacobs known as construction laborer
    • Brendan Jayne known as greensman
    • Paul Kalil known as video graphics
    • Themba Steven Khati known as assistant storeman (as Themba Khati)
    • Leonard Klaas known as junior carpenter
    • Ndumiso Mpose Komdice known as construction laborer (as Ndumiso Kondile)
    • Michael Kuhelo known as brush hand
    • Howard Kwente known as junior carpenter
    • Jackson Lobese known as construction laborer
    • Walleed Lombaard known as stand-by props assistant (as Waleed Lombard)
    • Coenraad Louw known as fabricator
    • Bangani Lwasi known as junior carpenter (as Lwazi Bangani)
    • Stephan Madonsela known as set painter (as Stephen Madonsela)
    • Siyabonga Makeleni known as construction laborer
    • Sitembele Wiseman Makinana known as painter (as Wiseman Makenana)
    • Donald Makoumbou known as construction laborer
    • Calvin Makwavarara known as construction laborer
    • Mcebisi Patrick Manase known as junior carpenter (as Patrick Manase)
    • Geoff Maritz known as leading hand
    • Louise Martin known as art department coordinator
    • Harry Mawisa known as construction laborer
    • 'Richard' Jean Armand Melo known as swing gang
    • Lucas Mfoso known as brush hand
    • Zolo Moladla known as assistant greensman
    • Marion Moncek known as h.o.d. fabricator (as Marian Moncek)
    • Issa Mopemele known as junior carpenter
    • Mposhi Mpange known as swing gang
    • Steven Mpheto known as assistant fabricator
    • Melvin Ayanda Mshuduiu known as assistant stagehand (as Ayanda Mshuduwu)
    • Conrad Murrey known as video graphics
    • Lawrence Nakana known as brush hand (as Lawrence Nakani)
    • Rene Nel known as set painter
    • Mawethu Ashley Ngange known as assistant carpenter (as Ashley Ngange)
    • Wilfred Vuyolwethu Ngeno known as construction laborer (as Willfred Ngeno)
    • Siyabulela Ngeyi known as construction laborer
    • Thabo Nkwinika known as construction laborer
    • Makhi Nonkontwana known as construction laborer
    • Thomas Nwethudhana known as brush hand (as Tommy Mwetudhana)
    • Patrick O'Connor known as draftsman
    • Sebastian Olivier known as carpenter
    • Saadiqah Omar known as props assistant
    • Lisa-Marie Pansegrouw known as greensman (as Lise-Marie Ponsegrouw)
    • Freddy Patience known as storeman
    • Tracey Pengelley known as fabricator
    • Nick Pentz known as carpenter
    • Clive Pollick known as construction manager
    • Gigi Potter known as construction administrator
    • Marius Pretorius known as set finishing painter
    • Amos Qoba known as assistant carpenter
    • Martin Rea known as leading hand
    • Mark Risk known as storyboard artist
    • Nicholas Rondo known as assistant stagehand (as Xolani Rondo)
    • Simphiwe Sidwell Rondo known as construction laborer (as Sidwell Rondo)
    • Gordon Russell known as leading hand
    • Damien Rutherford known as leading hand
    • Kate Ryan known as props buyer
    • Mark Seath known as set builder
    • Elaine Seidel known as set finishing painter
    • David Shaw known as art runner
    • Luvuvo Sivaluvalu known as construction laborer
    • Andile 'Ace' Skoti known as construction laborer (as Andile Skoti)
    • Christopher Skotshi known as brush hand (as Chris Skotshi)
    • Pierre Smit known as set painter/stand-by scenic
    • Douglas Smorenburg known as leading hand/stand-by carpenter
    • Enoch Spayer known as carpenter
    • George Speechly known as greensman
    • John Spelman known as assistant carpenter
    • Mlungisi Stancu known as construction laborer
    • Jacques Swart known as set builder (as Jaques Swart)
    • Heidi Thiart known as art runner
    • James Lee Thorne known as stand-by greensman (as James Thorne)
    • Bennet Bhynga Toleni known as construction laborer (as Bennett Toleni)
    • Bennet Bhynga Toleni known as fabricator (as Bennet Toleni)
    • Jan Tooley known as plaster foreman
    • Lennox Twalo known as swing gang
    • Mfundo Tyeli known as props trainee
    • Ellias Nyrmeko Tyembile known as assistant carpenter (as Elias Tyembile)
    • Liz van den Berg known as h.o.d. scenic (as Elizabeth van den Burg)
    • Vosloo Van Der Merwe known as steel foreman (as Vos van der Merwe)
    • Martin Van Geems known as props master
    • Megan Emma van Heerden known as fabricator (as Megan van Heeden)
    • Michael van Kesteren known as draughtsman
    • Kerry van Lillienfeld known as stand-by dresser (as Kerry von Lillienfeld)
    • Etienne Janse van Rensburg known as paint foreman
    • David William van Wyk known as set builder (as David Van Wyk)
    • Alex Wheeler known as steel h.o.d. engineering
    • Comfort Williams known as assistant steel
    • Jason Wright known as carpenter
    • Nqwelo 'Scara' Xolq known as construction laborer (as Xola Nqwelo)
    • Phindile Zondani known as construction laborer
    • Victor Zulu known as assistant carpenter




    Production Companies:

    • Studio Hamburg International Production (SHIP)
    • Two Oceans Production (TOP) (co-production)
    • Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
    • Saltire Entertainment (executive producer)

    Other Companies:

    • Filmförderung Hamburg  funding
    • Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg  funding
    • Deutsche Filmförderfonds (DFFF)  funding
    • Studio Funk  sound post-production


    • Antena 3 Televisión (2009) (Spain) (TV)
    • Buena Vista International (2008) (Germany) (all media)
    • DeA Planeta Home Entertainment (2009) (Spain) (all media) (except TV)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Optical Art (colour grading)
    • Optical Art (film recording)
    • Optical Art (film scanning)
    • Optical Art (titles)
    • Optical Art (visual effects)
    • RISE Visual Effects Berlin

    Visual Effects by:

    • Ronney Afortu known as colorist
    • Christoph Benden known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Jörg Berkel known as compositing trainee: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Jean-Michel Boublil known as title designer: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Alex Broeckel known as cgi technical director: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Markus Degen known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Thomas Diesselhorst known as digital artist
    • Sebastian Elsner known as pipeline developer: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Dirk Frischmuth known as digital artist
    • Florian Gellinger known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Frank Hellmann known as digital intermediate supervisor
    • Robert Kriegel known as digital matte painter: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Alexander Kähler known as title designer: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Michael Lankes known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Claudia Lechen known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Dirk Matzkuhn known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Simon Ohler known as cgi technical director: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Marcel Pelzer known as title designer: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Robert Pinnow known as visual effects supervisor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Christian Pundschus known as cgi technical director: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Christian Pundschus known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Sascha Reinholz known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Kariem Saleh known as cgi trainee: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Markus Schneider known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Rayk Schroeder known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Andreas Schulz known as matchmover: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Markus 'Maggi' Selchow known as digital artist
    • Jakub Stejskal known as compositing trainee: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Robert Tucker known as digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Joern Weisspfennig known as cgi technical director: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Holger Wenzel known as cgi technical director: RISE Visual Effects Berlin
    • Michael Wolf known as matchmover: RISE Visual Effects Berlin

    Release Date:

    • Austria 19 March 2009
    • Germany 19 March 2009



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. torrentstorm from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:31 pm

      There is a question mark after the title of my review above, and withgood reason.

      The movie was well filmed, looked quite professional with nice takesand good camera-work. But everyone loves a good story and good acting.This is where the Investigators fall short.

      While watching the movie, I was reminded of those old family movies weused to see in the 60's and 70's, you know the kind? With animplausible plot, poor lines, studied expressions and gestures, and theeternal ever-so-predictable story outcomes. Still, you watch because,maybe, you're bored, or have nothing else to do, or you like toperceive the scenes unfolding and be able to say "I knew that!" This isjust that kind of movie. Judging from the cheesy, infantile plot, itseems it was made mainly for the very young viewers, maybe preteens whoare still not old enough to piece a basic plot together and make soliddecisions. So, they just watch, not to understand really, but just tosee what happens next. I wonder, however, if this last remark holdsmuch truth, because I am a drama teacher and coach, and I see many ofmy 6, 7 or 8 year-olds with minds that work much faster than what isimplied in this movie. There were several scenes where you'd have to beeither really young, or a partial moron, not to figure out.

      These teen "Investigators", then, come up with the most mind-bendingsolutions to puzzles without too many apparent clues, drawing post-007conclusions from thin air. "Terror Castle" was no castle and there wasno terror in it, other than the creepy environs and Gothic atmosphere.The story wants to portray some kind of 'paranormal' experts and 'crimedetectives'; the only thing I found 'paranormal' was these youngstersplaying a potentially 'dangerous' game of 'mom and pop heroes' in badtaste.

      What the "scary" Sheriff was needed for on those abandoned grounds wasnot explained, nor why his daughter was fascinated with reincarnation,and what she was doing in the "castle" to begin with. Everything theyseemed to need to carry out their quest seemed to either pop into view,or 'magically' appeared in their backpacks. After a while of this, youstart wondering if there's something you need to get done to get away,or if you should just fall asleep.

      It wasn't awful, but I won't give this one more than a '3'. Yourmileage might differ, but if you watch it, see if you don't agree thisone is best left in the 'forgettable' bin.

    2. Andrea Cipolla from Italy
      30 Mar 2012, 1:31 pm

      I watched this movie yesterday, it was aired by an Italian network. Asan ancient reader of Three Investigators novels…what to say ?Something didn't work, in my opinion. What ? Chiefly the depiction ofPete and Bob characters. In the movie the authors made them muddlers,goofy and for what concerns Pete in particular, too much frightful. Ina word, the movie shows comical personas…you don't find anythingsimilar in books, where the humour is 'between the lines' and almostcompletely limited to Jupe's meetings with Hitchcock. Speaking of Jupe,I don't know, maybe it's just me, but reading novels I never imaginedhim always so frowned and pensive. Besides these considerations, themovie is not bad at all and can be viewed, but surely it will beenjoyed, as it was already remarked, more by young viewers than oldreaders.

    3. appleimacdude ( from San Diego, California
      30 Mar 2012, 1:31 pm

      This was my absolute favorite of the Alfred Hitchcock and the 3investigators series – the book is a fantastic, I actually picked up aused copy a few years ago just to re-read one of my childhoodfavorites.

      The movie does not do justice to the book – While I thought thecharacter actors/actresses were great, the acting of the sheriff leftsomething to be desired –

      I also hated to see the movie re-written to have the destruction ofthis terrific castle at the end – but the sets were great – I lovedseeing the way the castle was designed.

      Hopefully we will see more of the 3 investigators series, with betterwriting, and more attention to the other minor roles, with betteracting and lines.

    4. rajah99
      30 Mar 2012, 1:31 pm

      As a child I read many of the three investigators books, being myfavourite series. Discovering that a film had been made about thecharacters I had grown to love was wonderful, but would it live up tomy expectations? Sadly, it was a little disappointing. There was goodaction, and Im sure children will find it entertaining, but I feel muchof the treasures in the book are missing. The exciting headquarters,hidden in the midst of a junk yard, only accessible by severalmysterious tunnels is reduced to a caravan out in the open. JupiterJones, a brilliant mind, full of sharp remarks and the lead role in thebook is barely intelligent and just dull and grey. The dialogue wasalso put together without giving much sense of feeling. Its not a bigHollywood production, so hats of for what they achieved, and I'm gladfor the chance to have watched the books come to life.

    5. kindredparadox (
      30 Mar 2012, 1:31 pm

      Reading earlier reviews I deduce that "T3I and the Secret of TerrorCastle" does not meet their expectation. We easily understood thatbecause this movie is really targeted to adolescent and below. If I wasthat age I would probably truly enjoy the movie but only if I haven'tread the book yet. Kids would easily enjoy this movie because it's coolenough, such as the castle.

      I was afraid to watch this movie for the reason that it would tarnishmy good memory of Three Investigators and it prove to be true. When Iwas reading the book I always feel fascinated, the location, thecharacters it seems just magical. Watching the movie, it seems that itis a different world from the one in the book.

      As I said that it would entertain many kids which just watching it nowand never had reading the book before, we adults that enticed to watchit in which we demand something else than those kids will bedisappointed. We adults hope to see interesting and eccentriccharacters and dialogs, that cool accents from Jupiter Jones, morepeculiar music soundtrack, and more magical-feel but normal-lookingtowns would not get what we want. We won't even entertained by the casewhich is the one most interesting thing why we want to read the nextnovel.

      For young men don't miss this one for it is really rare this kind ofmovie around: Kids Detective that investigate peculiar case without anelement of Action in which nowadays detective movie would alwayscombined.

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