MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,343 this week

The People Who Own the Dark (1976)
"Último deseo" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  1980 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 195 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 17 critic

A group of rich businessmen and military officers who are partying in an old castle are spared when a nuclear war ravages the earth. When they venture out into the nearest town to search ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1061 titles
created 24 Jun 2012
 
a list of 393 titles
created 21 Jul 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
 
a list of 406 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The People Who Own the Dark (1976)

The People Who Own the Dark (1976) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The People Who Own the Dark.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An evil witch brings back to life the infamous Elizabeth Bathory, who was executed several hundred years previously for murdering young woman and bathing in their blood.

Director: Paul Naschy
Stars: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar
Inquisition (1976)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Period piece set during the Inquisition about a witch-finder general who falls in love with the village beauty, who has made a pact with the devil to seduce and condemn the man who is ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Naschy
Stars: Paul Naschy, Daniela Giordano, Mónica Randall
Together (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Maureen Cousins, Jade Hagen
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Paul Naschy plays a supporting role as a deranged gravedigger in this zombie movie, set in a small highland village in 19th-century Scotland, where a stranger's arrival to claim an ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Merino
Stars: Stelvio Rosi, Maria Pia Conte, Dyanik Zurakowska
Exorcismo (1975)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A young woman participates (unknowingly) in a satanic ceremony and gets possessed by the spirit of her late father.

Director: Juan Bosch
Stars: Paul Naschy, Maria Perschy, María Kosty
Adult | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Olaf and his mother run a boarding house and a white slavery ring. They also smuggle heroin to keep the addict girls happy so they do not try and escape. A young couple move into the house ... See full summary »

Director: Vidal Raski
Stars: Torben Bille, Anne Sparrow, Tony Eades
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Waldemar, the renowned adventurer, joins an expedition to find the Yeti in the Himalayas. While hiking the mountains, he's captured by two cannibalistic demon nymphets guarding a remote ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Iglesias
Stars: Paul Naschy, Mercedes Molina, Silvia Solar
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Four women spend the night in an old deserted sanitarium on a mountain. They each in turn fall into the the evil hands of a doctor who forces them to suck each others blood and to whip ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Aguirre
Stars: Paul Naschy, Rosanna Yanni, Haydée Politoff
She Freak (1967)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

Claire Brennen stars as a waitress who leaves the greasy-diner business for the excitement of the carnival. She quickly discovers that she despises freaks and human oddities.

Directors: Byron Mabe, Donn Davison
Stars: Claire Brennen, Lee Raymond, Lynn Courtney
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Werewolf Waldemar Daninsky becomes a tool for a mad scientist.

Director: René Govar
Stars: Paul Naschy, Peter Beaumont, Monique Brainville
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Paul Naschy's Spanish version of "The Mummy".

Director: Carlos Aured
Stars: Paul Naschy, Jack Taylor, María Silva
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadiuska ...
Clara
Alberto de Mendoza ...
Prof. Fulton
Teresa Gimpera ...
Berta
Emiliano Redondo ...
Dr. Messier
Julia Saly ...
Marion (as Julia Sali 'La Pocha')
Tomás Picó ...
Victor
Diana Polakov ...
Tania
...
Vasily
Leona Devine ...
Luna
Ricardo Palacios ...
Dr. Robertson
Carmen Platero
Estela Delgado
Barta Barri ...
Russian ambassador (as Berta Barry)
Gumersindo Andrés ...
(as Gumersindo A. López)
Gonzalo Tejada
Edit

Storyline

A group of rich businessmen and military officers who are partying in an old castle are spared when a nuclear war ravages the earth. When they venture out into the nearest town to search for food and supplies, they find most of the residents blinded, and soon they discover the existence of a sinister group called The People Who Own The Dark. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Now ... there is nothing between you and ... "the people who own the dark"

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The People Who Own the Dark  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Disappointing Spanish horror
31 August 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

The People Who Own the Dark is effectively a reworking of the classic horror film Night of the Living Dead; also taking influence from British horror flick The Day of the Triffids. The film has a really great premise and I was looking forward to it for that reason; in spite of all the critical reviews I've read, but unfortunately the film really doesn't make the best of what it has to offer. It's partly down to the fact that it features a very low budget; but the uneven script, which means the film is good in places and very boring in others, doesn't exactly help either. The plot focuses on a party in an old castle. All the partygoers are rich businessmen, and their fun is spoiled by a nuclear war which, aside from shaking the building, also leaves most of the population blind. The inhabitants of the castle venture outside eventually but get into trouble upon meeting with the newly blinded citizens as they appear to have become mad from the trauma and set out to maim and kill those who still have their sight.

The film is directed by León Klimovsky and stars his long time collaborator Paul Naschy. The pair worked together on a couple of Naschy's rubbishy "Homo-Lobo" films as well as the decent Giallo A Dragonfly for Every Corpse. Naschy is one of the major stars of seventies horror; but his role here is very limited and really he's little more than a co-star, which is a shame because the best thing about Paul Naschy films tends to be Paul Naschy. The film does feature a fairly good atmosphere and the director helps the film by putting forward a truly hopeless feeling. The first half of the film really is very boring; the director merely shows us the central characters, none of which are very interesting, and the build up to the party is boring also. Things do get a bit better in the second half as the action starts to take centre stage; and while it's not as good as the films it takes influence from, it is at least fairly entertaining. It all boils down to a dark and depressing ending which is often hated; although I kind of liked it. Overall, The People Who Own the Dark is a disappointing horror movie and not worth going out of your way for.


5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD available chas77
94 minute DVD available? chas77
Discuss The People Who Own the Dark (1976) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?