MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,906 this week

The Dark (1979)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  27 April 1979 (USA)
4.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.1/10 from 665 users  
Reviews: 36 user | 25 critic

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

Directors:

, (uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 10 Jan 2012
 
a list of 281 titles
created 20 Apr 2012
 
a list of 552 titles
created 11 Jun 2012
 
a list of 67 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Dark" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Dark (1979)

The Dark (1979) on IMDb 4.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Dark.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Apartment Complex (TV Movie 1999)
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A graduate student named Stan becomes the manager of an apartment complex which is quite uncommon. The tenants are all quite eccentric and uncommon characters, and the place is quite run ... See full summary »

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Chad Lowe, Fay Masterson, Obba Babatundé
I'm Dangerous Tonight (TV Movie 1990)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

An ancient Aztec cloth with a curse accidentally finds its way into the possession of a young woman. She decides to make a dress from the cloth. Whoever wears this cloth/dress comes under ... See full summary »

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Mädchen Amick, Corey Parker, Daisy Hall
Djinn (2013)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An Emirati couple return home from a trip and discover that their new apartment has been built on a site that is home to some malevolent beings.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Aiysha Hart, Razane Jammal, Ahd
Mortuary I (2005)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A family moves to a small town in California where they plan on starting a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Dan Byrd, Denise Crosby, Rocky Marquette
Crocodile (Video 2000)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A group of friends including Brady Turner, Claire and Duncan McKay go out on a boat trip on a lake in Southern California, but their joyful weekend turns into horror, when a giant killer ... See full summary »

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Mark McLachlan, Caitlin Martin, Chris Solari
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It's been subdued for decades - but when renovations start, a series of murders take place. It's up to our heroine to solve the mystery.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Angela Bettis, Brent Roam, Marco Rodríguez
Lifeforce (1985)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populace.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other ... See full summary »

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms
Salem's Lot (TV Movie 1979)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Investigating the mysterious deaths of a number of farm animals, vet Rack Hansen discovers that his town lies in the path of hoards of migrating tarantulas. Before he can take action, the ... See full summary »

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos
Stars: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Claire Craft, Helen Leary, Theo Morrison
The Heisters (1964)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Tom Billups, Norris Domingue, Larry Ray
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Policeman
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

After fear...beyond terror...there is THE DARK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Mutilator  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The television station is KFVI. The last part "FVI" refers to this film's production company, Film Ventures International. When Shelley is by the movie theater at the beginning of the film, two posters can be seen for Beyond the Door (1974) (aka "Beyond the Door") and The Night Child (1975) (aka "The Night Child"). These Italian horror films were distributed by Film Ventures International. See more »

Quotes

Sherman Moss: I'm not afraid of the dark; I'm afraid of what's in it.
See more »

Connections

References The Night Child (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I AM THE FIRST!! booklynx
Remake !!!! infinata
Not too hot...bummer dropforge
The Original Production with Zombies? KlaviaturistKeyboardist
Alien Zombie Werewolf with Superman powers!?!?!?!? macdonald449
Discuss The Dark (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?