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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.

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

They're out... for blood! Don't let them find you! See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Solos en la oscuridad 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

The movie's promo materials utilized a sold circle moon symbol to represent the letter "o" in the word "Alone" for the film's Alone in the Dark (1982) promotional title logo. 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

Dr. Leo Bain: Why don't you come out, and we can explore a few things together?
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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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Insects Rule My World
Written and Performed by The Sic Fucks
Produced by Andy Shernoff (as Adny Shernoff)
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Alone in the Dark
28 December 2012 | by Toronto85See all my reviews

Four dangerous patients from a mental institution escape one evening and go after their doctor in "Alone in the Dark". Dr. Dan Potter is just starting his job at an high security/high-tech asylum, run by Donald Pleasence's character Dr. Bain. He is assigned to four of the most dangerous men at the asylum; "the preacher" who sets fires to churches with people in them, "the bleeder" who gets nosebleeds after each time he kills someone, "Fatty" who is a child molester and an interesting fellow named Frank Hawkes. They believe that Dan Potter murdered their old doctor, someone they trusted and valued very much. So they set out to murder Dan and anyone that gets in their way including his wife, sister and daughter. A city wide blackout gives the four men a perfect escape as they trap the Potter family inside of their new house in this early eighties chiller.

I thoroughly enjoyed 'Alone in the Dark'. It is like a slasher film, but has a lot of smarts to it as well as a good story. There is tons of character development in this on as well, which only makes the viewers feel for the characters and want them to survive. Each character has their own personality, and the actors play it very well. Donald Pleasence plays the doctor who runs the asylum, but he appears to be just as deranged as some of the patients. It has a "Don't Look in the Basement" feel to it. The character Toni (Dan's sister) spent time in an institution recently, so it doesn't do her any good going through this attack by the escaped patients.

Martin Landau, Jack Palance and Erland Van Lidth give brilliant performances as the patients. I also thought Deborah Hedwall (who played Dan's wife) was superb in the supporting role as well. There is also a subplot going on throughout the film; who and where is "the bleeder"? When the four men escape, he takes off from the group leaving us to wonder where he went. Well let me tell you, we find out all about the bleeder in one terrifying scene that left me shocked! Overall, 'Alone in the Dark' is a creepy little eighties horror flick with some good scares and interesting twists/turns. Check this out!

8/10


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