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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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Taglines:

A night to remember - until the day until you die! 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Adam West was not the first choice for Allan, but when the casting director told Tom McLoughlin that no one would hire West because he was so recognizable as Batman, he felt sympathy for his fellow actor and told them to put him in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Kitty and Carol scare Julie with the hand and sheet, Kitty is just wearing her purple jacket, but when they return to where they left their bag Kitty has a sheet on too. 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 »

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Guilty Pleasure...
15 September 2003 | by bandyimoSee all my reviews

Unlike the other movie with the occasional alternate title "Mauseoleum"; this one has a few great things going for it IMO. The effects were much better... the amateurish dialog writen to justify teenagers hanging out in the place was kept to a bare minimum (Thankfully) and the atmosphere was dark and very cool. I even like the concept and fee of the film. It is fairly original as far as you can say any horror movie is. Some other readers seemed confused about the "zombies" not moving their feet. They were not zombies at all!!!... The audio tape that 'Ramar's' daughter listens to explains that he used to like to 'move' a dead animal to scare the other still living animals in their cage to freak them out. His draining people of their life force psychically and using the corpses to scare the girls in the mauseoleum was a pretty cool story line and idea. I'm not suggesting this deserves any awards but the major flaws inherent in almost all horror movies did not render their ugly heads enough to detract me from enjoying this when I saw it years ago.. and a few days ago. It holds up pretty well for a 20 year old flick with a tiny budget and 'Batman's' pseudo dramatic line delivery. Don't expect an academy award winner... but watch it if you can locate it and see if you can get past it's flaws... I think you'll find a diamond in the rough.


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