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Writer:
Stanford Whitmore (written by)
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Release Date:
27 April 1979 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
After fear...beyond terror...there is THE DARK! See more »
Plot:
An alien mutilator stalks and kills human prey during the night. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Maayybe something good, maayybe something bad See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) (cut) | UK:15 | UK:18 (pre cert VHS) | USA:R

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Trivia:
This was originally to be a zombie movie. After poor screenings, the studio tried to repackage it as science fiction by removing much of the zombie footage, freeze-framing the monster during attacks and adding laser beams emanating from its eyes.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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Maayybe something good, maayybe something bad, 19 February 2006
Author: jbhard from United States

I was handed this 'golden garbage' DVD for my birthday (Moe!) and all I can say is paybacks are a bitch. The Dark definitely belongs in the "Plan 9 from outer space" category. If you seek serious horror then avoid this like a Chris Tucker 'movie'. However, if failed attempts of the past make you howl with laughter than look no further than this turkey. Failing test screenings as a zombie movie it was reworked into an alien menace movie with hilarious results.

It all starts with an apology (or prologue if you prefer) that attempts to convince the audience that if electric eels can shock than who knows what's out in space(!?) This amounts to freeze framing the 'zombie movie' and superimposing laser bolts from the creature's eyes and an explosion onto the victim. That's great but the characters solving the crimes keep describing horrible mutilations (!?) I would say the acting is terrible but the lines they are given to say are horrendous. We never actually see a spaceship so 'it' apparently fell to earth on it's own. I'm dying to know how and why it's dressed like a mailman (or a factory worker in his coat sans the lunch box). The addition of a mysterious psychic (?) that shows up at inexplicable times means you know your in beer-cinema country.

Take it or leave it. I'm already stuck with my copy.

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