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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Hawkes
... Dr. Leo Bain
... Byron 'Preacher' Sutcliff
... Dr. Dan Potter
... Ronald 'Fatty' Elster
... Nell Potter
Lee Taylor-Allan ... Toni Potter
... Tom Smith / Skaggs
Elizabeth Ward ... Lyla Potter
... Ray Curtis
Gordon Watkins ... Detective Burnett
... Bunky
Keith Reddin ... Billy
... Marissa Hall
... Receptionist at Haven
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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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The movie that cuts like a razor. See more »

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Alene i mørket  »

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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 »

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Byron 'Preacher' Sutcliffe: I like the hat!
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Produced by Andy Shernoff (as Adny Shernoff)
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Revenge of the 80's: Horror films revival.
8 April 2005 | by See 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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