Film Info: Drei Fragezeichen, Die - Das verfluchte Schloss

Three Investigators, The - The Secret of Terror Castle (Drei Fragezeichen, Die - Das verfluchte Schloss)

Three Investigators, The - The Secret of Terror Castle
Scene from "The Three Investigators in The Secret of Terror Castle" (photo © Studio Hamburg)

Clowns are usually the last people you'd suspect of committing crimes, so Jupiter, Pete and Bob – the Three Investigators – hardly pay attention when a clown sneaks into Jupiter's birthday party and tries to make off with something. Though they don't catch the clown, they retrieve his booty: it's a tape of Jupiter's parents, who died several years earlier. The only thing that's clear in the garbled tape is that Jupiter's parents were also on the trail of something big... Jupiter vows to solve the mystery his parents were working on. The only clue they have is the name Stephen Terrill, a once-famous inventor who lived in what is now called "Terror Castle." The boys soon find out how aptly chosen the name is. It would all be too much for the trio if it weren't for the ethereally pretty Caroline. Unfortunately, Caroline is also the daughter of the local sheriff, who shoos them away from Terror Castle.

But it takes more than a narrow-eyed, ill-tempered sheriff to shake off the three investigators. Fearlessly, they penetrate to the secret heart of Terror Castle and come upon Stephen Terrill's invention: a diamond-making machine! But there's no time to admire the stones, for the ghost of Stephen Terrill appears – and he doesn't like intruders...


Florian Baxmeyer was born in 1974. He studied Sociology at the University of Cologne and completed the Film Studies Program at the University of Hamburg. His films include: the shorts Pas de deux (2000), Der Verkaeufer (2000), Benny X (2001), Joker-Zu Fuss (2001), and Die Rote Jacke (2002) which won the Student Academy Award in 2003 and was nominated for the OSCAR for Best Short Film - Live Action 2004, Das Blut der Templer (TV, 2004), Moerderische Elite (TV, 2004), The Three Investigators: The Secret of Skeleton Island (2006), and The Three Investigators in The Secret of Terror Castle (2008).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Florian Baxmeyer
Screenplay Philip LaZebnik, Aaron Mendelsohn
Cinematography Peter Joachim Krause
Ueli Christen
Annette Focks
Sylvain Gingras, Albrecht Konrad
Cast Chancellor Miller, Nick Price, Cameron Monaghan, James Faulkner, Annette Kemp
Producers Malte Grunert, Sytze van der Laan
Co-Producers Giselher Venzke, Bertha Spieker
Production Company Studio Hamburg Produktion/Hamburg, in co-production with Two Oceans Productions/Cape Town
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Gijon 2009
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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