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
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Courtney Floyd
John Bloom ...
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Herman Burmeister (as William Derringer)
Jay Lawrence ...
Jim Hampton
Russ Marin ...
Dr. Baranowski
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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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When Night Moves In ... Terror Walks Alone. See more »

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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 »

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Zoe Owens: And I am sorry I did'nt get your name?
Detective Dave Mooney: This channel sucks!
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"The Dark...nessss"
31 December 2007 | by (South Korea) – See all my reviews

With B-grade 70s/80s horror, like "The Dark", you never expect a cinematic masterpiece. You don't expect brilliant dialogue and pacing and Oscar-worthy acting. And it's just as well, because "The Dark" lives up to all lack of expectations.

The dialogue is so pathetically cheesy. Lots of glib, snappy, clichéd lines; lines delivered for their 'that's what a hard-nosed cop says' value rather than their relevance to the context in which they occur. Notably the lines delivered by a hilariously cornball Richard Jaeckel as Mooney--especially when engaging with his constantly eating sidekick (another cops cliché).

It's clear that this film was re-edited to make it something other than it was originally intended to be. The sequence of events, the way characters become involved suddenly, the appearance of certain characters in scenes where they don't really belong--at least not until later; it's all so amateurishly jumbled. And all is accompanied by a ridiculous "soundtrack" featuring some garbled Spanish-sounding words and a tacky, ominous "The Dark...nessss". Ridiculous! Cathy Lee Crosby brings all her plasticky bodaciousness to her role and William Devane (pre-jowls--although you can see the creases at the corners of his mouth that were soon to evolve into his most notable feature; surely those jowls are worthy of their own IMDb listing!) gives the best performance I've ever seen of an aging divorced hippie ex-convict-cum-crime novelist whose daughter has been beheaded by a mutant alien zombie mangler.

Great B-grade fare! No. No, it isn't. It's awful!


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