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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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(as Thomas McLoughlin)

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(as Thomas McLoughlin),
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Melissa Newman ...
Robin Evans ...
Leslie Speights ...
Donald Hotton ...
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David Mason Daniels ...
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Leo Gorcey Jr. ...
Rhio H. Blair ...
Coroner
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T.V. Reporter
Katee McClure ...
Female Reporter
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Eddie
Theodore Lehmann ...
Drunk (as Ted Lehman)
Nancy Mott ...
Lucy
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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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Horror

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February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Night in the Crypt  »

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$978,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A headstone in the cemetery is briefly seen reading "MEYERS", a reference to Michael Myers. Tom McLoughlin wanted it to actually say "Michael Myers" but the production designer feared legal troubles. See more »

Goofs

When Kitty and Carol scare Julie with the hand and sheet, Kitty is just wearing her purple jacket, but when they return to where they left their bag Kitty has a sheet on too. See more »

Quotes

Kitty: Let's book up!
Leslie: What's the big rush?
Carol: I wanna get there before it closes, nerdle brain!
Leslie: Nerdle brain; very nice.
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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An atmospheric horror film with a melting of convention with unique.
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One Dark Night has a typical teen horror film set-up with a quite a unique twist. The ultra-brooding musical score and Gothic/claustrophobic atmosphere adds greatly to this small film that delivers. Meg Tilly is excellent as "Julie," and leads us through the maze of the mausoleum, giving a sense of foreboding and loneliness. The other teens are equally effective in their roles as is Melissa Newman, the ultimate heroine of the film. The special effects are excellent, though dated. This film is highly overlooked, but that may be good so that it was never ruined by endless sequels. There is a great, dark magic flowing through this film; once tapped into, you really get it and you're in for some fun. The double-disc DVD is available, though the original negative could not be found to restore the film. Maybe someday it will be located. I guess in some ways the carbon speckles in parts do help the film by giving it an old school respectability and making it more unexpected at the end when suddenly there are plenty of effects.

The second disc has a rough cut/alternate version with a temp score version of the film that gives more explanation of the demise of two of the girls, very Poe-ish("The Cask of Amontillado" comes to mind in a new way!) Also, great ending tension going in on the dark crypt opening. Not sure it had the punch for main stream audiences, but certainly worked for me and extremely creepy.. . also, there is a making of documentary that is interesting because it gives info on what was going on at the time with the actors, crew, director and writer; candid material, then current logos, discussions of shots and scenes, rehearsals. Very unique that this stuff exists for a small film back then.


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