The Dark (1979)

R  |   |  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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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
Vernon Washington ...
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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Now there's a reason to be afraid of ... "The Dark" See more »


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Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mutilator  »

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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 »


Zoe Owens: And I am sorry I did'nt get your name?
Detective Dave Mooney: This channel sucks!
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Referenced in 976-EVIL (1988) See more »

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Alien with deadly eyes!
5 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The DARK was a great movie. I saw it in theater's when it first came out and it was much clearer than the versions released to TV and video. But the stunt work was better than most I've even today. When the alien picked someone up or pushed a van aside, or knocked a stone pillar down, it looked real. Also the gentlemen that rated it before failed to mention that the creature used lasers that shot from his eyes to kill most of his victims. The alien especially used them in the finale against 50 or so cops! The visual effects of the lasers were very creepy and convincing. I do agree that he looked a little too human, but that was a minor factor. I would love to see this movie remade with the eerie atmosphere and excellent stunt work intact.

If it weren't so dark as was the case in theater's it would be almost perfect.

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