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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 »

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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

The studio the set was built on was in a bad area in downtown L.A. Once, after a long night of filming, the cast and crew went to the parking lot and found all of their tires had been slashed. See more »

Goofs

When Ramar first breaks out of his tomb, Carol removes her mask showing her hair has been flattened from wearing the mask. In the next scene, her hair has returned to its '80s style. See more »

Quotes

Kitty: Let's book up!
Leslie: What's the big rush?
Carol: I wanna get there before it closes, nerdle brain!
Leslie: Nerdle brain; very nice.
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Featured in One Dark Night: An Interview with Elizabeth Daily (2017) See more »

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Why hasn't Raymar brought this film back to life?
18 March 2010 | by Reaper-of-SoulsSee all my reviews

ONE DARK NIGHT is a highly overlooked and little known film from the early 80's that deserves an audience that I fear it will never get, and that's a damn shame. I have seen this film compared to others that have gotten a bigger name over the years, most notably PHANTASM, HELL NIGHT and MAUSOLEUM. This is a much different film than those and I don't see the comparisons other than the mausoleum, which is a bit similar to the one in PHANTASM, but not enough to make any real comparisons. I'm not sure how this one slipped through without a broader acceptance. Maybe it's all in the marketing, I don't know. Perhaps a remake would breathe new life into it, unless Raymar drained all the life out of it that is. I'm not too big on all the remakes that are abundant these days, but I think they do work well with lesser known films (except for the awful GHOST SHIP remake, which other than the opening scene and Mudvayne's Not Falling blaring, was utter crap). So if a remake of ONE DARK NIGHT would happen to fall into the right hands, I think it would make a lot of people go and watch the original. I know that's what I do if there's a remake of a film I haven't seen before. So anything short of a remake, I fear, would not bring this film back to life. Unless, of course, Raymar got his eyes on it.

Anyways, ONE DARK NIGHT is a must see for horror fans, especially 80's horror fans ('cause we all know that's when the best horror movies were made). Creepy setting. Fairly good acting. Very good story. Campy. What more could you want from an early 80's horror film? What's that... nudity and gore? Well, sorry. No nudity or gore in this film, but it's still great nonetheless! A solid 8 out of 10. Enjoy.


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