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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.

Director:

Tom McLoughlin (as Thomas McLoughlin)

Writers:

Tom McLoughlin (as Thomas McLoughlin), Michael Hawes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Tilly ... Julie Wells
Melissa Newman ... Olivia McKenna
Robin Evans ... Carol Mason
Leslie Speights ... Kitty
Donald Hotton ... Dockstader
Elizabeth Daily ... Leslie Winslow
David Mason Daniels David Mason Daniels ... Steve
Adam West ... Allan McKenna
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
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Storyline

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

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night in the Crypt See more »

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Budget:

$978,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the tombstones visible when the girls jump the wall of the cemetery is "Hawes," after writer Michael Hawes. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning at 33 minutes , when the Caretaker of the mausoleum told the girls to leave the cemetery , he stopped his truck at the main gate cross the street, at this moment you can see a reflection of one of the crew on the driver's door of his blue truck. See more »

Quotes

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 alternate 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 alternate takes and additional dialogue, and it includes less of Melissa Newman, whom producers expanded the role of. See more »

Connections

Featured in One Dark Night: An Interview with Tom McLoughlin (2017) See more »

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Not bad
15 July 2000 | by zombie-41See all my reviews

I bought this on video under the title "Entity Force" for £2 second hand at a pawnshop, mainly because I liked the cover. What I got was an OK early 80's horror film that could have had more gore and titty but what it lacked in the gore/titty department it made up for in cheese. The climatic zombie fest towards the end of the film left nothing to be desired. The zombie's legs didn't bend when they walked! Also a valuable lesson is learned as a result of this film, whenever you encounter a back-from-the-dead physic with blue lightening coming out of his eyes, use your compact mirror!


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