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Director:
Writer:
Nigel McKeand (written by)
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Release Date:
10 October 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Can you see them, Sally ... hiding in the shadows. They're alive, Sally. They want you to be one of them when the lights go out. See more »
Plot:
A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kim Darby ... Sally Farnham

Jim Hutton ... Alex Farnham
Barbara Anderson ... Joan Kahn

William Demarest ... Mr. Harris

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Francisco Perez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lesley Woods ... Ethyl
Robert Cleaves ... Doctor
Sterling Swanson ... Policeman
Joel Lawrence ... George Kahn (as J.H. Lawrence)

William Sylvester ... Tom Henderson
Don Mallon ... Bob
Celia Milius ... Anne (as Celia Kaye)
Elizabeth St. Clair ... Party Guest
Monika Henreid ... Party Guest (as Monica Henreid)
Robert Priest ... Party Guest
Ted Swanson ... Bartender

Felix Silla ... Creature
Tamara De Treaux ... Creature (as Tamara DeTreaux)
Patty Maloney ... Creature
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigel McKeand ... Demon (voice)

Directed by
John Newland 
 
Writing credits
Nigel McKeand (written by)

Produced by
Allen S. Epstein .... producer
Neil T. Maffeo .... associate producer
Lee Rich .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Jackson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael McCroskey 
 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
 
Production Design by
Ed Graves 
 
Set Decoration by
James Cane 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (as Mike Hancock)
Bruce Jossen .... hair stylist (as Jossen)
 
Production Management
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive production manager
Ted Swanson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Haggard .... second assistant director
Ted Swanson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Horst Grandt .... property master
 
Sound Department
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects editor
Charles T. Knight .... production sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
Jack Wheeler .... sound effects editor
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John L. Black .... key grip (as John Black)
Tom Hayes .... electrical gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gene Fowler Jr. .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Joe Tuley .... music editor
 
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Julie Waxman .... production coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Nightmare" - Europe (English title) (video box title)
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Runtime:
74 min
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Certification:
Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (video rating) | USA:Unrated

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The total time of filming, including script approval by Lorimar, casting, special effects, voice-over and exterior shots were all completed in slightly over two weeks, one of the quickest made-for-television movies ever made; this was due mainly to a writers strike that had begun just before the script was completed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 1h 5 mins) When the creatures cut the electric cable and plunge the house into darkness, when Joan is outside trying to get back into the house after looking at the fuse box, it's daylight out - or at least twilight. However, just a few moments earlier, when she was in the bedroom with Sally and looked out the window, it was very dark outside, clearly night time. At the same time that this action is happening, Alex is driving back to the house with Mr. Harris, and it's clearly night. But as Joan is circling the house to get in, you can see sunlight casting shadows on the house and on the ground behind her.See more »
Quotes:
Creatures:[closing lines] When will they come? When will they come? When will they come and set us free?
Sally Farnham:Of course they will come. You know they will.
Creatures:But when? When? When?
Sally Farnham:Soon. Very soon. We've lots of time. Lots of time. All the time in the world.
Creatures:All the time in the world . Time. Time. Time to set us free again.
Sally Farnham:All the time in the world.
Creatures:To set us free. Set us free. Set us free in the world. Free. Free. Free in the world. Set us free!
[Maniacal laughter]
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57 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Are you afraid?, 26 July 2005
Author: SimplySteve (stullyo2003@yahoo.com) from Levittown, New York

Seen when I was very young, this "made for TV" movie became the vehicle which drove all my fears. These fears, once irrational, were validated one unforgettable night. Before that night, during bedtime, it was only instinct that asked my mom to leave the hall light on. After seeing this movie, I had a reason, an image, and the creepiest soundtrack to plead with her not to turn it off again! This movie plays right into those dark corners of legend. Why we don't just reach under the bed without looking first. Why, as we lay awake, closet doors need to be constantly observed... just in case! I was eight years old, and truly ripe for the scare of my life!

The movie begins with a cats meow and haunting music. The score of this movie is absolutely penetrating and perfect. This is not an overstatement. I can think of very few I would call it's equal. This music accompanies Sally (Kim Darby from True Grit) as she unwittingly, and unknowingly, sets free demons from a bricked up fireplace. They set about, slipping through the dark corners (and there's plenty of them), searching to get Sally's soul. As frightening events start to mount up, and with no support from her workaholic husband, Sally begins to doubt her sanity.

Darby has a quiet demeanor that lends itself to her rising panic. When the "creatures" do finally appear, they seem to have come straight from a casting call from hell. That...or a jar of raisins. The ending is absolutely unforgettable. "Dark" made quite an impact for it's time.

I am now 40. Don't like to have ANY lights on when I sleep. Can watch this film, or any other horror flick without strategically placing a body part to obscure the view. However, a few slight noises.....a scratch or a whisper, and my defenses still go up. The blanket is always on the ready. All because of a few film makers decided to take "TV movies" seriously. I thank them....I think.

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