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Alone in the Dark

  • Horror
  • Thriller
  • 1982
  • Jack Sholder
  • 89 mins
  • 18

Summary

A few dangerous and delusional mental patients break out of a mental asylum during a power blackout, and lay siege to their new doctor's house, who, they believe, killed their previous doctor.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Donald Pleasence is the head of a New Jersey lunatic asylum keeping its really dangerous criminal inmates - among them Jack Palance and Martin Landau - under electronic surveillance. When a power failure occurs, the violent psychos break out and head to the home of the asylum doctor. This is a repetitive mishmash of stalk-and-slash themes and jump cuts. Aside from a promising opening dream sequence, a fleeting apparition (created by gore veteran Tom Savini) and an interesting "who's really crazy?" dénouement set at a punk rock concert, this debut horror feature from director Jack Sholder (The Hidden) is a below-par maniacs-on-the-loose saga that revels in its own shock excesses. And, by the way, no one in the entire movie is ever alone in the dark.

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Credits

Cast

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Frank HawkesJack Palance
Ronald "Fatty" ElsterErland Van Lidth
Nell PotterDeborah Hedwall
Tom Smith / SkaggPhillip Clark
Bryon "Preacher" SutcliffMartin Landau
Dan PotterDwight Schultz

Crew

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DirectorJack Sholder

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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