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The Dark (1979)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  27 April 1979 (USA)
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An alien mutilator stalks and kills human prey during the night.

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Roy Warner / Steve Dupree
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Zoe Owens
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Det. Dave Mooney
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Sherman 'Sherm' Moss
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Police Captain Speer (as Warren Kemmerling)
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Detective Jack Bresler
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
De Renzy
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Courtney Floyd
John Bloom ...
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Bill Derringer ...
Herman Burmeister (as William Derringer)
Jay Lawrence ...
Jim Hampton
Russ Marin ...
Dr. Baranowski
Vernon Washington ...
Henry Lydell
Mel Anderson ...
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At night the Mangler stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. On the trail are a TV reporter, the father of one of the victims, and a police detective, but despite their efforts only the mysterious psychic DeRenzy knows what the killer is and how to stop it. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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alien | laser beam | police | city | murder | See more »

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A Chilling Tale of Alien Terror See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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27 April 1979 (USA)  »

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This was originally to be a zombie movie. After poor screenings, the studio tried to repackage it as science fiction by removing much of the zombie footage, freeze-framing the monster during attacks and adding laser beams emanating from its eyes. See more »

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Police Captain Speer: Zombie? Mangler? Now, I don't wanna hear those two words again!
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Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006) See more »

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Maayybe something good, maayybe something bad
19 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was handed this 'golden garbage' DVD for my birthday (Moe!) and all I can say is paybacks are a bitch. The Dark definitely belongs in the "Plan 9 from outer space" category. If you seek serious horror then avoid this like a Chris Tucker 'movie'. However, if failed attempts of the past make you howl with laughter than look no further than this turkey. Failing test screenings as a zombie movie it was reworked into an alien menace movie with hilarious results.

It all starts with an apology (or prologue if you prefer) that attempts to convince the audience that if electric eels can shock than who knows what's out in space(!?) This amounts to freeze framing the 'zombie movie' and superimposing laser bolts from the creature's eyes and an explosion onto the victim. That's great but the characters solving the crimes keep describing horrible mutilations (!?) I would say the acting is terrible but the lines they are given to say are horrendous. We never actually see a spaceship so 'it' apparently fell to earth on it's own. I'm dying to know how and why it's dressed like a mailman (or a factory worker in his coat sans the lunch box). The addition of a mysterious psychic (?) that shows up at inexplicable times means you know your in beer-cinema country.

Take it or leave it. I'm already stuck with my copy.


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