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The Dark (1979)

Someone, or something, is on an indiscriminate killing and mutilation spree during night-time. Frustrated by the clueless police, the father of the first victim is looking for answers, no matter how far fetched they are.

Directors:

John 'Bud' Cardos, Tobe Hooper (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Devane ... Roy Warner / Steve Dupree
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Zoe Owens
Richard Jaeckel ... Det. Dave Mooney
Keenan Wynn ... Sherman 'Sherm' Moss
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Police Captain Speer (as Warren Kemmerling)
Biff Elliot ... Detective Jack Bresler
Jacquelyn Hyde ... De Renzy
Casey Kasem ... Police Pathologist
Vivian Blaine ... Courtney Floyd
John Bloom ... The Dark
Bill Derringer Bill Derringer ... Herman Burmeister (as William Derringer)
Jay Lawrence Jay Lawrence ... Jim Hampton
Russ Marin ... Dr. Baranowski
Vernon Washington ... Henry Lydell
Mel Anderson Mel Anderson ... Policeman
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At night the Mangler stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. On the trail are a TV reporter, the father of one of the victims, and a police detective, but despite their efforts only the mysterious psychic DeRenzy knows what the killer is and how to stop it. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Now there's a reason to be afraid of ... "The Dark" See more »


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Trivia

Riffed by the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) under the RiffTrax name, Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy. See more »

Quotes

Zoe Owens: I will do it, until I get it right.
Sherman Moss: That is the way you learn! What do you think I sent you to Beverly Hills for those roadshows? Why do you think I sent you to Pasadena for those swim suit shows?
Zoe Owens: It's hard to describe how fulfilling Rose Gardens can be!
Sherman Moss: Well you've only been with us exactly six months!
Zoe Owens: Look at the ratings!
Sherman Moss: Well of course. Half of the male population of LA is staying up all night trying to figure out a way to get into your pants!
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Connections

Referenced in Times Square (1980) See more »

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Maayybe something good, maayybe something bad
19 February 2006 | by jbhardSee all my reviews

I was handed this 'golden garbage' DVD for my birthday (Moe!) and all I can say is paybacks are a bitch. The Dark definitely belongs in the "Plan 9 from outer space" category. If you seek serious horror then avoid this like a Chris Tucker 'movie'. However, if failed attempts of the past make you howl with laughter than look no further than this turkey. Failing test screenings as a zombie movie it was reworked into an alien menace movie with hilarious results.

It all starts with an apology (or prologue if you prefer) that attempts to convince the audience that if electric eels can shock than who knows what's out in space(!?) This amounts to freeze framing the 'zombie movie' and superimposing laser bolts from the creature's eyes and an explosion onto the victim. That's great but the characters solving the crimes keep describing horrible mutilations (!?) I would say the acting is terrible but the lines they are given to say are horrendous. We never actually see a spaceship so 'it' apparently fell to earth on it's own. I'm dying to know how and why it's dressed like a mailman (or a factory worker in his coat sans the lunch box). The addition of a mysterious psychic (?) that shows up at inexplicable times means you know your in beer-cinema country.

Take it or leave it. I'm already stuck with my copy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mutilator See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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