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Alone in the Dark (1982)

A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.

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Thanks to a major power cut, a gang of psychopaths breaks out of the Haven maximum security mental institute in order to lay siege to the psychiatrists who have tormented them over the years with their bizarre theories... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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When the lights go out the terror begins. See more »

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Matthew Broderick was auditioned for the role of Bunky's boyfriend, however Jack Sholder thought Broderick was too talented for the small part. See more »

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When the escaped inmates climb into the white van in the parking lot of the strip mall, the van is parked head-on in front of a store. We see the inmates climb in and the next shot has them hurriedly driving forward, which was impossible given the cement barrier and curb that was in front of the van. They would have had to reverse the van first. See more »

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Frank Hawkes: Preacher likes to set fire to churches, that's his trip. Unfortunately he does it when there are people inside.
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Referenced in Video Violence 2 (1987) See more »

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Insects Rule My World
Written and Performed by The Sic Fucks
Produced by Andy Shernoff (as Adny Shernoff)
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Overall, quite good.
15 December 1999 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I don't know why I hesitated with this one. I guess I just always said I would rent it and didn't. Finally, a few nights ago, I just got it. And I must say, I liked it.

Set in New Jersey, my lovely state, a power outage in town releases four psychotic inmates of a mental institution, held in their own floor by electricity-controlled doors. Interesting twist. Before that, they had formed a grudge against their new doctor, Dan Potter, who they have convinced themselves as the killer of their old, beloved doctor, who has actually just transferred to somewhere else.

Also, Dan's slightly wacky younger sister Toni comes to stay with the family, and had recently recovered from a breakdown. Nonetheless, she is quite an interesting character, and joins the Potter family as the innocents in the attack towards the end of the movie.

The movie has a good setup, and some very creepy moments, especially when the child victimizer shows up at the home and pretends to be the daughter, Layla's, babysitter. Later on, of course, the real babysitter, Bunky, shows up, as does her boyfriend, and are taken out in some quite suspenseful scenes.

The best part of the movie, though, is when the psychopaths show up and attack the Potter home, and all inside. This includes a detective, Dan and his wife Nell, Toni and Layla, and a man Toni and Nell met at a protest and invited to stay for dinner. There is a very scary jump-out-of-your-seat moment, where some of Toni's old "ghosts" from her past haunt her once again. And, in one very good scene, is a scene of retaliation of the family, and shows a very interesting scene where Nell is struggling to get herself to stab the attacking killer, while Dan hollers at her, "Stab him!" Not to mention the fact that Nell has a really great scream. And she isn't the scream queen type. But her scream is perfect.

I don't want to give away too much, but see this movie. All the performances are good, and the characters are likable. A fun movie, too, especially towards the last quarter of the movie, during the attack. I recommend not hesitating like I did and getting this.


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