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Dark Intruder (1965)

Police call in occult expert to help solve series of murders.

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Robert Vandenburg (as Mark Richman)
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Evelyn Lang
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Harvey Misbach
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Nikola
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Professor Malaki
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Dr. Burdett
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Chi Zang
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The Neighbor
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The Plainclothesman
Ingvard Nielsen ...
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Claudia Donelly ...
The Woman
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The 2nd Sergeant (as Anthony Lettier)
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The story takes place in 1890 San Francisco, where a series of gruesome murders attracts the attention of Brett Kingsford (Leslie Nielsen), a playboy detective with a secret crime lab, a library of occult tomes, and an invaluable dwarf assistant (Charles Bolender). His friend, Robert (Mark Richman), soon to be married to Evelyn (Judi Meredith), keeps having trance-outs at the oddest times, and looks to be a likely suspect - especially since he knows the victims. However, the killer growls like a beast and kills with a set of murderous bestial claws, two attributes which Robert lacks. Written by Watch_Movies

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He killed with the power of demons a million years old!

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21 July 1965 (USA)  »

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Black Cloak  »

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Originally a pilot for a TV series to be called "The Black Cloak". The series was not picked up and this pilot was released as a theatrical feature. See more »

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Brett Kingsford: Evelyn, there is this much to be said for you - you don't just enter a room, you invade it!
Evelyn Lang: You saucy thing - you'd turn any girl's head with your flattery.
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Excellent, atmospheric oddity that was before it's time
10 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Leslie Nielsen is energetic, to say the least, as Bret Kingsford, ostensibly a playboy to everyone he knows in late 19th century San Francisco. But there is more to him than meets the eye. He is an expert on the occult, and secretly helps the local police force when a horrible string of murders are committed. Somehow his soon-to-be-married friend is involved, and Bret suspects someone or something not quite human is at the bottom of it. Leslie dons disguises to meet with the police chief to protect his social status, his victorian mansion has secret doors and passageways, and he plays at being uninterested while mentally taking notes and then disappears, leaving his guest staring at an empty chair. He's somewhat miscast in this film as a playboy, but when he throws off that persona he's fantastic. The foggy atmosphere of San Francisco is used to great effect to enhance the supernatural aura of the film.

This was a failed pilot produced by Jack Laird, who went on to produce "Night Gallery" a few years later, and was released theatrically at a few theaters. It's impossible to find, but deserves to be seen as the unique production it is. In some ways it is a clear precursor to "Kolchak, the Nightstalker", and also to the wonderful demon-themed TV movie "Spectre".


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