An alien mutilator stalks and kills human prey during the night.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Warner / Steve Dupree
Zoe Owens
Det. Dave Mooney
Sherman 'Sherm' Moss
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Police Captain Speer (as Warren Kemmerling)
Detective Jack Bresler
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
De Renzy
Courtney Floyd
John Bloom ...
The Dark
Bill Derringer ...
Herman Burmeister (as William Derringer)
Jay Lawrence ...
Jim Hampton
Russ Marin ...
Dr. Baranowski
Henry Lydell
Mel Anderson ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA)  »

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Director John 'Bud' Cardos replaced Tobe Hooper during production. See more »


Sherman Moss: I'm not afraid of the dark; I'm afraid of what's in it.
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References The Night Child (1975) See more »

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For lovers of BAD movies, this one's for you!
25 February 2004 | by (Raleigh, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Cathy Lee Crosby used-up all the goodwill she earned from Circus of The Stars by appearing in this gape-inducing howler from 1979 about a homicidal alien wrecking havoc on a set that's supposed to be downtown L.A. but instead looks like that big alley behind the Wal-Mart in Raleigh, North Carolina. (That's Incredible appeared in 1980. Coincidence, you ask? Pennance, I argue.) Original director Tobe Hooper left after a few days (reportedly the first day) and was replaced by John Bud Cardos, but distanced himself from the blast by going uncredited. (Smart move, sorry Crocodile went straight-to-video.) And I imagine that Producer Dick Clark---yes, that Dick Clark!---must still have long conversations with his agent about removing this flick from his IMDB bio. 70's rock DJ Casey Kasem should get down on his hands and knees every single night and thank God for the voiceover offers he's gotten despite his Method work here as a police pathologist. And what of poor William Devane? (Ponder: Knot's Landing was considered a comeback.) Should I mention that Miami Vice's Phillip Michael Thomas briefly appears as a street hood named Corn Rows? (Let's just observe that point and not belabor it.) The Dark was originally 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 it's eyes. Believe me, it takes true genius to make a movie this giddily dumbstruck. It's absence from the AFI 100 List is a sham. You're gonna love it.

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