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One Dark Night (1982)

PG | | Horror | February 1983 (USA)
As part of an initiation into a club called the Sisters, a young girl must spend the night in a mausoleum.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Newman ...
Robin Evans ...
Leslie Speights ...
Donald Hotton ...
David Mason Daniels ...
Leo Gorcey Jr. ...
Rhio H. Blair ...
T.V. Reporter
Katee McClure ...
Female Reporter
Theodore Lehmann ...
Drunk (as Ted Lehman)
Nancy Mott ...


A strange man named Karl Rhamarevich dies shortly after discovering a way to become even more powerful in death through telekinesis. On the night of his burial in a crypt, Julie is to spend the night there as part of an initiation rite, supervised by two other girls. The crypt becomes a scene of horror as Raymar returns to life and deploys his horrifying telekinetic powers, with coffins sliding out and splintering open to release decaying bodies on Raymar's command. The bodies soon begin to menace the three girls trapped inside. Will they survive the horrific night in the crypt? Written by Derek O'Cain

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A night to remember - until the day until you die! See more »




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Release Date:

February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night in the Crypt  »

Box Office


$978,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Actually written and filmed before Poltergeist (1982), but due to problems during post-production, the film wasn't released until after Poltergeist so that it suffered from the inevitable comparisons. Coincidently, Dominique Dunne, who auditioned for the role of Julie, later went on to star in Poltergeist. See more »


When Ramar first breaks out of his tomb, Carol removes her mask showing her hair has been flattened from wearing the mask. In the next scene, her hair has returned to its '80s style. See more »


Steve: [Leslie keeps walking and Steve stops her, asking her where the Mausoleum is] Okay, Leslie, come on.
Leslie: What do you mean, 'come on'?
Steve: Well, you're gonna show me where it is.
Leslie: No! No way! I'm not going in that place! If you wanna go, YOU go, Hugo!
Steve: Thanks a lot. Those guys are in a lot of trouble now.
[Steve revs off to the Mausoleum and Leslie continues to walk home]
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Throw back old school horror film that; depending on your taste, is good and very hard to find.
6 May 2002 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Like others who have commented on this movie, I saw One Dark Night at the movie theater when I was a youngster. For a reason I can't seem to put my finger on, this film captured me and has stayed with me through the years. From time to time I love to "go back in time" and view this film over and over again. Right of the bat, I will say that some people may not care for this movie due to it's old school feel and cinematography; but for me it's a movie that I've always cherished and will always hold a special place in my heart.

This movie has a certain bizarre and eerie feel to it that will give you the creeps, and as a matter of fact One Dark Nights oddity and unorthodox flavor is one of the reasons I'm so taken in by it. I'm certainly old school, and I feel like current horror movies have lost the feel and authenticity that some older films seem to have. One Dark Night certainly brings that "certain" flavor.

One Dark Night is the type of movie that would be perfect to watch on a rainy late evening or on Halloween night. I guess you could say it's a cinematic example of what Halloween is all about. It's has lots of spooky elements you look for in horror films: The atmospheric dark Mausoleum, Telekinesis, Gothic funeral procession, sad and thought provoking letters left by children of the dead, spooky graveyard and coroner scenes, a very odd and eerie scene of crime where 6 dead girls are found with a chilling open eyed gaze. It's just good old school horror, they just don't make them like this any more. I also have to give kudos to the background music or the score that's used throughout the film, it's helps the viewers experience. Much more so than I think people realize, the score is a compelling and powerful component that richly adds to the movies effectiveness and brings forth mood which is essential to any good horror film.

The casting in this film also came off(sort of in a unexpected way) very well. Adam West, who played Batman in the original series in the 60's adds to this films folklore. Meg Tilly plays her part very well and has a "look" about herself that seems tailored for a horror movie. The 3 prankish teen girls who were in the High School Sorority clique called "The Sisters "were perfectly casted; including one Sister who always gnawed and chewed on a toothbrush, even up to the point of her demise.....gimmicky indeed. It's finer elements like these that seem to endure me to the film.

Scenes at the end where Raymar tortures members of "The Sisters" in the Mausoleum with corpses could be viewed as silly but still some how manages to come over as okay and tolerable. The movie One Dark Night is currently out of print and could be considered rare. Although some may not agree, I consider the film to be a classic example of the genre. If you are a horror buff like myself, I would recommend this movie, you just may find it to be a keeper, and like it for its odd,creepy terror.

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