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The Dark (1979)

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

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Roy Warner / Steve Dupree
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Police Captain Speer (as Warren Kemmerling)
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Detective Jack Bresler
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
De Renzy
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Courtney Floyd
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Bill Derringer ...
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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27 April 1979 (USA)  »

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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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Sherman Moss: You'd rather see brains on the sidewalk than those swim-suit shows?
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Be VERY afraid of "The Dark"
6 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Yes, be afraid… Not so much because the plot is disturbing or the monster-effects are frightening (au contraire!), but actually because it's such an irredeemably bad film that there's a good chance you'll suffer from permanent brain damage! This has got to be one of the most embarrassing horror productions of the late 70's (and there are a lot to choose from), but what do you expect with a script that hastily got altered in the middle of shooting? That's right, the monster we're dealing with here is a genuine zombie-alien! Initially, it was just going to be a zombie, but since Ridley Scott's "Alien" broke a lot of box-office records in the meantime, the producers of "The Dark" thought it would be stupid NOT to cash in on that success! What do you picture a zombie-alien to look like? Apparently the writers weren't sure, neither, so eventually it's just an over-sized guy that constantly walks in the dark and occasionally shoots laser beams from his eyes. All by himself, without a spaceship or even some sort of earthly mission, the 'zombalien' prowls the streets at night, ripping off people's heads and making the local police forces look like complete imbeciles (which they are). William Devane stars as a lonely hippie-loser who does…nothing, really. The largest part of the film is just plain boring; the monster's attacks are shown on an entirely black screen with just some cheesy noises on the background, and Cardos' directing is very muddled. He really isn't to blame, as he took over from Tobe Hooper and never had something that even remotely looks like a script to work with. "The Dark" incomprehensibly wasn't rewarded with a special Oscar for the astonishingly inept visual & make-up effects! Those laser beam eyes, as well as the subsequent explosions are simply hilarious and pretty much define the term "cheesy".


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