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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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"Grey? Our mangler's a zombie!" See more (36 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)

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
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 »

FAQ

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"Grey? Our mangler's a zombie!", 26 August 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

Director John "Bud" Cardos, who'd given us the superior "nature strikes back" thriller "Kingdom of the Spiders", proved up to the task of replacing original director Tobe Hooper on this mostly routine but basically entertaining sci-fi / horror tale. The original concept for the movie was that of a killer zombie, but after poor screenings, it was decided to make the killer an alien and add a bunch of cheese ball laser effects.

The story is that after the alien has savagely murdered his daughter, an author, Roy Warner (the amusingly cast William Devane), teams up with an ambitious TV newswoman, Zoe Owens (Cathy Lee Crosby) to track the monster down. The detectives on the case (Richard Jaeckel, Biff Elliot) can't seem to make any progress, but providing a substantial amount of assistance to Roy and Zoe is the psychic character De Renzy (Jacquelyn Hyde - now *there's* a name for you), who believes she knows who one of the aliens' victims will be.

The sci-fi element provides just the right touch here, generating a fair amount of chuckles when we start to see the creatures' modus operandi. John Arthur Morrill handles the slick Panavision photography, while Roger Kellaway supplies a score that's quite a hoot. It features some decidedly over the top "whispering". The special effects are fun, and the pacing adequate. The best part has to be the climactic action when the alien unleashes hell on the cops that are trying to take it down.

The actors are all good, particularly Jaeckel and Devane in his change of pace role. Keenan Wynn plays Crosby's boss, Casey Kasem is a pathologist, Vivian Blaine appears as a high society type, seven foot four inch John Bloom plays the titular murderer, and Warren J. Kemmerling is the typical police boss who demands that Jaeckel and Elliot produce some results. Look for the following people in bit parts: Vernon Washington ("Friday the 13th: A New Beginning") as a victim, Philip Michael Thomas of 'Miami Vice' fame as an outspoken youth, and none other than Paris Hiltons' mom Kathy Hilton as the requisite first person to die. Angelo Rossitto has an uncredited cameo as a news vendor.

If you're like this viewer and have a weakness for movies like this, you're sure to have a good time with it.

Seven out of 10.

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