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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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Zoe Owens
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Det. Dave Mooney
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Sherman 'Sherm' Moss
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Police Captain Speer (as Warren Kemmerling)
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De Renzy
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Courtney Floyd
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Herman Burmeister (as William Derringer)
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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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Now there's a reason to be afraid of ... "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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In the screenplay stage and all the way through to production The Dark's antagonist was an abused, autistic child who had been locked in an attic for his entire life. His house was to burn down, allowing to him to escape and take his vengeance upon the unfamiliar outside world. Toward the end of the shoot, the producers decided they wanted to cash in on the success of Alien (1979), and demanded re-shoots to change the killer into a extra-terrestrial. See more »

Quotes

Zoe Owens: I will do it, until I get it right.
Sherman Moss: That is the way you learn! What do you think I sent you to Beverly Hills for those roadshows? Why do you think I sent you to Pasadena for those swim suit shows?
Zoe Owens: It's hard to describe how full filling Rose Gardens can be!
Sherman Moss: Well you've only been with us exactly six months!
Zoe Owens: Look at the ratings!
Sherman Moss: Well of course. Half of the male population of LA is staying up all right trying to figure out a way to get into your pants!
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It's grey, Scoob. Yikes!
30 August 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Years ago while watching this picture on TV for the first time, I figured about half way through 'Hey, this ain't a sci-fi alien-on-the-rampage flick! It's an occult zombie movie hastily re-edited in a fever of post-production panic to cash in on the popularity of the same year's Alien'. Phew. What a literal thinker I was. Looking at IMDB's 'trivia' section, I see I was right. Wasn't I clever way back then? No. It really IS that obvious.

Disjointed, silly B movie. Not without some pleasures though. Keenan Wynn's fearful walk through a darkened underground car park worked for me, and there are a few unintended laughs here and there eg. William Devane's rather strange reaction to the sight of his dead daughter lying on a mortuary slab: he burps, and somewhat skittishly too. I wonder what Lee Strasberg would have thought of that. Perhaps William was expressing his heartfelt feelings toward the movie he found himself in. Actors get up to these tricks, you know.

And then there's Casey Kasem's police pathologist who is asked by a cop what colour the murderer's (still assumed to be human) skin is. Shaggy Kasem's reply of 'It's grey' is pleasantly creepy and recalls similar moments from Kolchak: The Night Stalker. In fact, Carl Kolchak's shadow looms large over this picture, even down to the unexpectedly spectacular denouement featuring a growling monster throwing cops bodily in all directions. VERY Kolchak.

Actually, damn it, I recommend this movie. It's enjoyable trash if you're in the right mood. But be warned - thanks to/in spite of post-production re-cutting (complete with inept Ed Wood type voice-over to fill in the plot holes) IT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. Might be part of it's idiotic charm.


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