The Dark Power (1985)

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The spirits of dead Indians are haunting a couple's house, and they call in an exorcist, whose trademark is a black whip, to get rid of them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lash La Rue ...
Ranger Girard (as Lash LaRue)
Anna Lane Tatum ...
Mary Dalton ...
Paul Holman ...
Uncle Earl Coleman
Cynthia Farbman ...
Lynn Evans
Marc Matney ...
Craig Evans
Tony Shaw ...
David Cody
Robert Bushyhead ...
John "Four Eagles" Cody
Suzie Martin ...
Steve Templeton ...
Page Elizabeth Ray ...
Eric Mikesall ...
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After an Indian medicine man dies, his house, which was built over the graves of four Indian sorcerers becomes a sorority home for a group of girls. Once the four Indians are awakened and terror ensues, a park ranger learns of the Indian's evil and plans to stop them. Written by Ryan

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'They have arrived to conquer the four of earth.'




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26 February 1988 (Japan)  »

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Dark power  »

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Mary: Of course, some girls might be a little crazier about whips than others.
Ranger Girard: You know about my whip?
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"No more magic. No more hocus pokus."
28 February 2015 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

You like a good time with a whip? Look no further than the cheesy, but charm-ridden 80s horror "The Dark Power". What is an interesting set-up (the story's background is well-devised), eventually makes way to its ridiculous writing, low-brow dialogues and goofy, lightweight execution with a lot whip-cracking and wise-cracks ("Feel my whip you son of a b!tch") thanks to legendary B-western star Lash La Rue. Still this low- budget regional horror was lot more entertaining than it deserved to be… maybe more so unintentional, but entertaining nonetheless. Just listen to what comes out of these character's mouths… its rib-tickling (especially from the red-neck woman)… but it doesn't break loose until a good hour when our four evil Toltec zombie sorcerers come to terrorise some college coeds. For the first hour we got to listen to boring, if exaggerated exchanges, whip talk and numerous legends and theories involving the house on Totem Hill where the girls have moved into. At least you got an attractive buxom cast in Anna Lane Tatum, Mary Dalton & Cynthia Bailey. Then it turns crazy with plenty of hysterical screaming and "Benny Hill" chases, as now I don't know what was going on. You can see were most of the money went to though, as the effects are actually well staged and there is one very memorable face-lift. Too bad these zombie sorcerers looked and acted rather stooge-like, than anything truly threatening. Even watching La Rue go up against one of these sorcerers with his whip -- made out of materials from the four corners of the world was a battle of epic proportions. Watch as these two standoff as they go ahead whipping each other in turns, one a pure amateur while the other a master. Crack that whip! It was hard to tell if director/writer Phil Smoot was trying to be funny or not, but this slapdash effort is playful enough. Now that music score was like something out of an old-fashion western film… it even sounded like if someone's mobile was going off.

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