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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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Cast

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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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27 April 1979 (USA)  »

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The Mutilator  »

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Director John 'Bud' Cardos replaced Tobe Hooper during production. 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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Dick Clark presents-a really bad Horror cheapie
23 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An alien being that fires lasers from it's eyes terrorizes Los Angeles. On it's trail is a T.V. Reporter (Cathy Lee Crosby), a vengeful father (William Devine), and a policeman (Richard Jaeckel). Also, Casey Casem shows up for some reason, and Dick Clark produced this travesty.

Released in 1979, "The Dark" is a reminder that, no matter how nostalgic you may wax about 70's horror, not all of them were gold. Yeah, there were some gems and guilty pleasures, but there were some serious duds too. Now that I think about it, every decade is like that when it comes to movies.

In spite of a seemingly fun cast of character actors, "The Dark" is a real chore to get through. It takes at least 80 Minutes until we finally get to see the monster, and while I'm all for waiting to see the monster, the script, acting, pacing, and directing all fall flat. It also doesn't help that the monster itself is about as threatening as newborn puppy, and as interesting as watching grass grow. Actually, watching grass grow is more fun than sitting through this.

Interestingly, Tobe Hooper was originally supposed to direct this, but he chose good judgment by deciding not to, instead handing directorial duties to John "Bud" Cardos (who also directed the fun nature gone amuck Shatner vehicle "Kingdom of the Spiders.") In the end, a bad experience is had by all, and one is left wondering "Why did Dick Clark produce this?"


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