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Someone, or something, is on an indiscriminate killing and mutilation spree during night-time. Frustrated by the clueless police, the father of the first victim is looking for answers, no matter how far fetched they are.

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John 'Bud' Cardos, Tobe Hooper (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jacquelyn Hyde ... De Renzy
Casey Kasem ... Police Pathologist
Vivian Blaine ... Courtney Floyd
John Bloom ... The Dark
Bill Derringer Bill Derringer ... Herman Burmeister (as William Derringer)
Jay Lawrence Jay Lawrence ... Jim Hampton
Russ Marin Russ Marin ... Dr. Baranowski
Vernon Washington ... Henry Lydell
Mel Anderson Mel Anderson ... Policeman
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Storyline

At night the Mangler stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. On the trail are a TV reporter, the father of one of the victims, and a police detective, but despite their efforts only the mysterious psychic DeRenzy knows what the killer is and how to stop it. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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After fear...beyond terror...there is THE DARK! See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mutilator See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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From the screenplay stage and all the way through to production, The Dark (1979)'s antagonist was an abused, autistic child who had been locked in an attic for his entire life. In the original script, his house burned down, allowing him to escape and take vengeance on the outside world. Toward the end of the shoot, the film's producers decided to capitalize on the success of Alien (1979) and demanded extensive re-shoots to change the killer into an extra-terrestrial. See more »

Quotes

Zoe Owens: And I am sorry I did'nt get your name?
Detective Dave Mooney: This channel sucks!
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Sleep-inducing.
21 September 2000 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Low-budget and low-grade horror film will only make you want to re-watch "The Predator", just to remember how you can do this kind of stuff right. The attack sequences here are so poorly filmed that you can hardly see what's happening, and they are separated by LONG, suspenseless, pointless stretches of "plot development"; however, the plot never really develops. A deadeningly dull flick. (*)


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