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At a secluded mental institution, Dr. Bain (Halloween#s Donald Pleasence) maintains order while electricity fuels the asylum's hi-tech security system that keeps the nearby neighborhoods safe from menaces like Frank Hawkes (Academy Award«-winner Jack Palance, City Slickers) and "Preacher" (Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Ed Wood). Meanwhile a new doctor, Dan Potter (The A-Team#s Dwight Schultz), arrives in town with his family, but the inmates don't take kindly to his presence and believe he has killed off their former therapist. Suddenly a power outage leaves the town in chaos...and now the maniacs are free to roam the streets and hunt down the man they believe has invaded their lives. With the area quickly descending into riots and chaos, the innocent few must fight for their lives when they#re left terrified, cornered and Alone in the Dark! One of the most memorable and terrifying cult horror films of the 1980s, this white-knuckle shocker from director Jack Sholder (The Hidden) features shocking special effects from Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th), delivering one seat-jumping scare after another along with a thick vein of sly, pitch-black humor. Turn off the lights and watch...if you dare!
There's a certain UNIQUE quality about this slasher film from 1982. What can be said about a slasher film starring such amazing actors as
Donald Pleasance, Martin Landau and... Read more
Some people erroneously call this gem a slasher. It's not. It's about 4 mental patients who escape a hospital during a blackout to terrorize the family of their new doctor. Read morePublished 18 months ago by GSD
At a secluded mental institution, Dr. Bain (Donald Pleasence) maintains order while electricity fuels the asylum's hi-tech security system that keeps the nearby neighborhoods safe... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Taheen Lopez
Well............given the stars involved I expected atleast mediocrity. What I got was a very promising beginning, but shortly after the blackout (apparently bars are a big no-no... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Boddicker
First of all, mental hospital settings and the criminally insane hold the potential to be some of the creepiest material around. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paperbackstash
Donald P is my favorite actor in scary movie. This one caught me off guard and was a sleeping during the time of greats like Halloween, Halloween II, and Phantasm. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by thrashdog
This was a great 80's slasher film. You had the great Donald Pleasence(Halloween) teaming up with Jack Palance and Martin Landeau how could this movie not be good? Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Cagneyfan67
I thought it would be better because of the actors in it. I did not expect it to be great but it wasn't even good.
I recommend you pass on this one.
After reading many great reviews on this film, I was excited to watch. I am a child of the 80s and I LOVE a great horror film. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Stefan Hayes