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One Dark Night (1982)

PG | | Horror | 25 February 1983 (USA)
As part of an initiation into a club called the Sisters, a young girl must spend the night in a mausoleum.


Tom McLoughlin (as Thomas McLoughlin)


Tom McLoughlin (as Thomas McLoughlin), Michael Hawes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Tilly ... Julie
Melissa Newman ... Olivia
Robin Evans ... Carol
Leslie Speights ... Kitty
Donald Hotton ... Dockstader
Elizabeth Daily ... Leslie
David Mason Daniels David Mason Daniels ... Steve
Adam West ... Allan
Leo Gorcey Jr. ... Barlow
Rhio H. Blair Rhio H. Blair ... Coroner
Larry Carroll ... T.V. Reporter
Katee McClure Katee McClure ... Female Reporter
Kevin Peter Hall ... Eddie
Theodore Lehmann Theodore Lehmann ... Drunk (as Ted Lehman)
Nancy Mott Nancy Mott ... Lucy


A strange man named Karl Rhamarevich dies shortly after discovering a way to become even more powerful in death through telekinesis. On the night of his burial in a crypt, Julie is to spend the night there as part of an initiation rite, supervised by two other girls. The crypt becomes a scene of horror as Raymar returns to life and deploys his horrifying telekinetic powers, with coffins sliding out and splintering open to release decaying bodies on Raymar's command. The bodies soon begin to menace the three girls trapped inside. Will they survive the horrific night in the crypt? Written by Derek O'Cain

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


a crypt is a place where the dead are laid to rest... or are they? See more »




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Did You Know?


The arcade and pier footage was filmed on a part of the Santa Monica Pier which was later destroyed during a storm. A lot of alternate footage of this location appears in the Director's Cut of the movie. See more »


While in the mausoleum, Carol's sneakers change back and forth between two different Nikes. At times, she's wearing nylon sneakers with suede patches and in other scenes, she's wearing white leather ones with a red swoosh. See more »


Leslie: What was that pill you gave to Julie?
Carol: Demerol. She's gonna get so messed up, she won't know what's goin' on. So what's the deal?
Leslie: [Becomes sympathetic] Well, I don't like it.
Carol: [Appalled by Leslie's comment] So?
Leslie: So, I just don't like it!
Carol: Then, you're not coming?
Leslie: I don't know!
Carol: You know, I oughta pull over right now and let you out!
Leslie: Yeah, why don't you?
Carol: [Pulls over to the side of the tunnel and stops the car] Kitty, open the door and let this turkey out!
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Alternate Versions

Billed as the "Director's Cut," the alternative version of "One Dark Night" available on the Shriek Show DVD is the filmmaker's original cut, which doesn't include completed effects and music. Much of this version is comprised of alternative takes and additional dialogue, and it includes less of Melissa Newman, who producers expanded the role of. See more »


Referenced in Mausoleum (1983) See more »

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* * * out of 4.
7 June 2002 | by brandonsites1981See all my reviews

Goody good Meg Tilly has to spend the night in a mausoleum as part of an initiation for a club. However, a recently deceased man with strong psychic abilites was just buried the same day and needs the life force of a young woman in order to continue on with his carnage. Creepy, spooky thriller with effective photography and lighting features strong special effects and is well plotted. Meg Tilly makes an appealing heroine. This thriller is a step above the rest, if a bit cliched at times.

Rated R; Extreme Violence.

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Release Date:

25 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night in the Crypt See more »


Box Office


$978,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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