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Alone in the Dark (1982)

A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.

Director:

Jack Sholder

Writers:

Jack Sholder (story), Robert Shaye (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Palance ... Frank Hawkes
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Leo Bain
Martin Landau ... Byron 'Preacher' Sutcliff
Dwight Schultz ... Dr. Dan Potter
Erland van Lidth ... Ronald 'Fatty' Elster
Deborah Hedwall ... Nell Potter
Lee Taylor-Allan ... Toni Potter
Phillip Clark ... Tom Smith / Skaggs
Elizabeth Ward Elizabeth Ward ... Lyla Potter
Brent Jennings ... Ray Curtis
Gordon Watkins Gordon Watkins ... Detective Burnett
Carol Levy ... Bunky
Keith Reddin Keith Reddin ... Billy
Annie Korzen ... Marissa Hall
Lin Shaye ... Receptionist at Haven
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Storyline

Thanks to a major power cut, a gang of psychopaths breaks out of the Haven maximum security mental institute in order to lay siege to the psychiatrists who have tormented them over the years with their bizarre theories... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

The movie that cuts like a razor. See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Solos en la oscuridad See more »

Filming Locations:

Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene where Elster poses as Lyla's babysitter she asks him where he lives. Elster replies, "Springwood." Springwood is the fictional town setting of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Both films were produced by New Line Cinema. See more »

Goofs

When the escaped inmates climb into the white van in the parking lot of the strip mall, the van is parked head-on in front of a store. We see the inmates climb in and the next shot has them hurriedly driving forward, which was impossible given the cement barrier and curb that was in front of the van. They would have had to reverse the van first. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leo Bain: Mind moving fast is crazy. Mind slow is sane. Mind stopped... is God.
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Although the UK cinema version was intact the 1987 Rank video was cut by 15 secs by the BBFC with edits to a scene where a babysitter is threatened by knife thrusts while kneeling on a bed. See more »

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One of the sharpest slasher films around, no pun intended.
24 September 2005 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

The debut film of B movie director Jack Sholder, and one of the first films from New Line Cinema, is this highly entertaining and strikingly intelligent little thriller.

When the power fails in a New Jersey community, four murderously insane men walk out of a mental facility and head for the home of their new doctor!

Although it was lost among the numerous slasher films of the early 80's, Alone in the Dark is one of the smartest killer thrillers of the genre. Sholder delivers an above-average story all the way. He has one especially bizarre opening sequence, then follows with a plot that grows more intense through out. The film builds to a great claustrophobic climax, and then a memorable (and some what humorous) conclusion. The story packs some solid suspense, heated violence, and the occasional good jolt. One thing that really sets this tale above that of the average slasher flick is the fact that the films characters are believably well-rounded and even quirky at times. Yet another unique element of this story is the fact that it has a splendid kind of dark humor toward the idea of 'mental health'. It's almost a satire on the subject. Sholder's direction is quite good, giving some tight action sequences and well-timed shocks. Also good is the unique music score of Renato Serio.

Another thing that sets this film above the norm is the wonderful cast which includes a number of veteran actors. Jack Palance is excellent in his role as the leader of the crazed villains. Donald Pleasence is a welcomed trip as a 'different' kind of psychologist. Martin Landau makes for a perfectly creepy madman. The supporting cast, namely Dwight Schultz, are great as well.

Alone in the Dark is an outstanding slasher-thriller. For those seeking a slasher movie with a brain, it's a perfect choice.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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