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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.

Director:

Jack Sholder

Writers:

Jack Sholder (story), Robert Shaye (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Frank Hawkes
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Leo Bain
Martin Landau ... Byron 'Preacher' Sutcliff
Dwight Schultz ... Dr. Dan Potter
Erland van Lidth ... Ronald 'Fatty' Elster
Deborah Hedwall ... Nell Potter
Lee Taylor-Allan Lee Taylor-Allan ... Toni Potter
Phillip Clark ... Tom Smith / Skaggs
Elizabeth Ward Elizabeth Ward ... Lyla Potter
Brent Jennings ... Ray Curtis
Gordon Watkins Gordon Watkins ... Detective Burnett
Carol Levy ... Bunky
Keith Reddin Keith Reddin ... Billy
Annie Korzen ... Marissa Hall
Lin Shaye ... Receptionist at Haven
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Storyline

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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Turn of the lights and watch...if you dare! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alene i mørket See more »

Filming Locations:

Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of numerous theatrical feature horror movies producer by producer Robert Shaye. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frank Hawkes: So... it's not just us crazy folk that kill. We all kill... when we must. And we all die... when it's time.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was intact the 1987 Rank video was cut by 15 secs by the BBFC with edits to a scene where a babysitter is threatened by knife thrusts while kneeling on a bed. See more »

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Featured in Alone in the Dark: Bunky Lives! (2005) See more »

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Revenge of the 80's: Horror films revival.
8 April 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Alone in the Dark (1982) is an underrated horror classic. Where else can you find the great character actors Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau and Jack Palance in one movie? All three in their hammy glory chewing scenery and over acting to the Nth degree. The tale as about a new psych doctor (Animal from the A-Team) who must deal with his new "clients". Ever since their favorite doc disappeared, the natives have become restless. But during a freak weather storm, the three goons decide to leave the hospital and seek out the good doctor and his family. What happens next? Oh, that would be telling.

The three inmates (Landau, Palance and the bald dude from Stir Crazy) are great. It's a toss up between Martin and Jack on who get's the award for most over the top performance in this one. Jack is very restrained and eerily creepy whilst Martin is just plain bonkers, we're talking full tilt boogie madness. A couple of effective kills and a wonderful performance by the cast make this one a winner.

Hard to find. I wish they put this classic out on D.V.D. The original video cover and theatrical poster is a one of a kind gem. Recommended for horror fans.


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