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Release Date:
27 April 1979 (USA) See more »
After fear...beyond terror...there is THE DARK! See more »
An alien mutilator stalks and kills human prey during the night. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William Devane ... Roy Warner / Steve Dupree

Cathy Lee Crosby ... Zoe Owens

Richard Jaeckel ... Det. Dave Mooney

Keenan Wynn ... Sherman 'Sherm' Moss
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Police Captain Speer (as Warren Kemmerling)

Biff Elliot ... Detective Jack Bresler
Jacquelyn Hyde ... De Renzy

Casey Kasem ... Police Pathologist

Vivian Blaine ... 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

John Dresden ... Policeman
Horton Willis ... Policeman
Roberto Contreras ... Max
Paula Crist ... Stewardess
Joanna Kirk ... Stewardess
Erik Howell ... Mr. Antwine
Ron Iglesias ... Rudy

William Lampley ... Young Man
Sandra McCulley ... Carhop
Valla Rae McDade ... Camille
Ken Minyard ... T.V. Sportscaster
Monica Peterson ... Mrs. Lydell
Penny Ann Phillips ... Zelza
Jeffrey Reese ... Randy Morse

Kathy Hilton ... Shelly Warner (as Kathy Richards)

Philip Michael Thomas ... Corn Rows
Gary Littlejohn ... Policeman
Mickey Alzola ... Policeman
Everett Creach ... Policeman
Ernest Robinson ... Policeman
Robert Sizer ... State Trooper
Gene McLaughlin ... Policeman
Mickey Guinn ... Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anna Marlowe ... Girl in Bikini
Phillip Mote ... Crowd protestor #2
John Blessent ... Policeman (uncredited)

Jon Garrison Clark ... Hardhat Worker (uncredited)
Jerry Jensen ... Bar Customer (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Angie (uncredited)

Kristephan Warren-Stevens ... Crowd Protester (uncredited)
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Directed by
John 'Bud' Cardos 
Tobe Hooper (uncredited) (replaced by John Cardos)
Writing credits
Stanford Whitmore (written by)

Produced by
John 'Bud' Cardos .... producer
Dick Clark .... producer
Igo Kantor .... associate producer
Edward L. Montoro .... producer
Derek Power .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roger Kellaway 
Cinematography by
John Arthur Morrill (director of photography) (as John Morrill)
Film Editing by
Martin Dreffke 
Casting by
Marvin Paige 
Production Design by
Rusty Lipscomb 
Set Decoration by
William Strom  (as Bill Strom)
Makeup Department
Kathy Agron .... assistant hair stylist
Kathy Agron .... assistant makeup artist
Steve Neill .... special effects makeup
Ve Neill .... hair stylist
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Production Management
Igo Kantor .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Clevenger .... second unit director
Willard Kirkham .... assistant director
Herb Willis .... assistant director (as Herbert Willis)
Art Department
George Anderson .... graphics
Steve Rostine .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Irwin Cadden .... sound effects
Bob Dietz .... sound mixer (as Robert Dietz)
Beau Franklin .... boom operator
Christopher Ishii .... sound effects (as Chris Ishii)
Paul Vitello .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Robbie Knott .... special effects (as Robby Knott)
Visual Effects by
Peter Kuran .... special animation effects
Harry Moreau .... special animation effects
Rick Taylor .... animation camera operator (uncredited)
Bobby Clark .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
James Avery .... key grip
Allen Blaisdell .... second assistant camera (as Allen Lee Blaisdell)
Jeffrey Brown .... electrician
Jeffrey Brown .... grip
James Clark .... electrician
James Clark .... grip
Hedy Dietz .... still photographer
Lee Frost .... camera operator: second unit
Fred Goodich .... assistant camera: second unit (as Frederic Goodich)
Fred Goodich .... director of photography: additional photography (as Frederic Goodich)
Andrew G. La Marca .... assistant camera: second unit (as Andy La Marca)
Dennis Lowry .... electrician
Dennis Lowry .... grip
Michael Montoro .... electrician
Michael Montoro .... grip
Ian Morrison .... electrician
Ian Morrison .... grip
Toby Mussman .... electrician
Toby Mussman .... grip
Spike Nannarello .... gaffer
James O'Donnell .... electrician
James O'Donnell .... grip
Bruce M. Pasternack .... assistant camera: second unit (as Bruce Pastarnack)
Bruce M. Pasternack .... still photographer (as Bruce Pastarnack)
Steve Savage .... electrician
Steve Savage .... grip
Joe Solis .... assistant camera: second unit
Norman Pete Stevens .... best boy
Tim Wawrzeniak .... first assistant camera (as Timothy Wawrzeniak)
Jonathan Woolf .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Marti Litis .... extras casting
Patricia Ruskin .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paulette Pasternack .... wardrobe (as Eva Paulette Frye)
Valerae .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Oliver Katz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stephen Bushelman .... music editor (as Steve Bushelman)
Transportation Department
Bruce Hendrix .... driver
Bert Lolley .... driver
Don McCarthy .... transportation chief
Donald Robinson .... driver
Leonard Spears .... driver
Michael Warnecke .... driver
Other crew
Kathy Agron .... production secretary
Dick Clark .... presenter
Scott Corser .... production assistant
Ken Disque .... production accountant
Paul Heslin .... location manager
Michael Hoover .... stand-in
Richard Jaeckel Jr. .... stand-in
Lou Marches .... stand-in
Karen Mattingly .... script supervisor
Joy McManus .... production secretary
Jeffrey Mintz .... production assistant
Edward L. Montoro .... presenter
Joanne Montoro .... production secretary
James H. Neuhausen .... production assistant (as James Neuhausen)
Jim Packer .... production consultant
Karen Reid .... script supervisor
Delilah Shank .... stand-in
Dale Tate .... title designer
Marion C. Tittle .... production accountant
Garrison True .... dialogue coach

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) (cut) | UK:15 | UK:18 (pre cert VHS) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Director John 'Bud' Cardos replaced Tobe Hooper during production.See more »
Sherman Moss:I'm not afraid of the dark; I'm afraid of what's in it.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Beyond the Door (1974)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Uneven is the word: Excellent Cinematography, Pretty Good Soundtrack, BUT the movie is a mess nevertheless, 25 April 2011
Author: Kaya Ozkaracalar from Istanbul, Turkey

I'd first watched this in a cinema in Istanbul in the early 1980s. The Turkish title was GERÇEK YARATIK (The Real Creature) and an English-language title as ALIEN TERROR was tagged on to the Turkish posters. - and ALIEN had been released a while ago in Turkey as YARATIK (The Creature). So the publicity for this movie was suggesting that it was related to the much-publicized ALIEN and that it was actually the real stuff! I was just 13 or 14 years old at the time... (and there was no internet back then!) Naturally, I was pretty much disappointed when I went ahead to see it and realized it was basically an ordinary urban murder thriller until the last scene. Nevertheless, I've recently bought its DVD to rekindle childhood memories and watched it last night. Now watching it with a more open mind, zero expectations, I find it not half bad as most reviewers have it. First of all, the cinematography in night scenes is simply perfect, beginning with the opening scene. I think the problem most of the other reviewers face ("too dark") simply stems from bad transfers of previous VHS and/or TV prints. The DVD's brand new digital transfer from original materials is really a beauty. Plus, the soundtrack is also very effective, as even the most negative reviews acknowledge. So, overall, the nighttime attack scenes are really brilliantly crafted. Top-notch horror filmmaking there. Having said these, the movie is sadly not competent in other departments and is a mess overall. Richard Jaeckel, who was great in MAKO JAWS OF DEATH, looks very wooden here as the main cop protagonist. William Devane shows some charisma and has got what is called as a screen presence, but is out of tune with his character as a father who had lost his daughter as a savage murder victim. All the secondary characters, esp. the boss of the female reporter, play it for laughs. A few of the lines are intelligently sarcastic, but the demonstration scene (what is it by the way? a student demonstration?) is very offensive: a bunch of youths protest that the city police is busy harassing them rather than tracking the murderer and they act like stupid monkeys (jumping around, etc!) during the demonstration! The director must be a feeble-minded cop-loving right-winger who strongly resents student activists deep in his heart and used this as an opportunity to make fun of them... Anyway, the incoherence of the plot, which, as is widely known, stems from a reworking of the script, is already well-covered in all reviews. I am not very much troubled by that precise aspect and actually find it interesting that you can trace two versions of one story in one movie! As everyone who has read anything about the movie knows, the original scripts did not entail an alien! The DVD has an informative video interview as well as a commentary track with the director Cardos. I've watched the interview and listened to part of the commentary. Cardos explains that the original version entailed a freak-child (and not a zombie, as has been claimed). He also says that none of the footage Tobe Hooper shot before being replaced has made into the final edit of the movie.

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