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The Dark (1979)

Mel Anderson , Vivian Blaine , Tobe Hooper  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Anderson, Vivian Blaine, John Bloom (III), Roberto Contreras, Cathy Lee Crosby
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AC7P0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dark" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with John "Bud" Cardos
  • Original trailer

Editorial Reviews

Every night "The Mangler" stalks the streets, killing and mutilating one random victim. Also on the murder trail is a TV reporter (Cathy Lee Crosby), and a police detective (Richard Jaeckel), but despite their efforts only a mysterious psychic DeRenzy (J

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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining 1970s sci-fi/horror trash December 1, 2005
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Here's a film that borrows elements from not one, but two distinct decades of horror: 1950s bug-eyed monster movies, and 1970s supernatural TV horror.

I know no term for that 1970s style of supernatural TV horror, but you know it if you've seen it. Shows like Ghost Story/Circle of Fear, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Night Gallery, The Darkroom. TV movies like Horror at 37,000 Feet (1972), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973), and The Initiation of Sarah (1978). Theatrical films like The Evil (1978, aka Cry Demon, House of Evil), Burnt Offerings (1976), and The Sentinel (1977) share some of that sensibility. Many 1970s supernatural horror productions feature that same canned music; an eerie harpsichord piece and/or a trilling flute noise.

The Dark opens with a long informational scroll across the screen, read by an ominous narrator, informing us of the various deadly ways in which species adapt to life on Earth, speculating that the same likely occurs elsewhere in the universe, and suggesting that not all first encounters with such life forms are likely to be friendly...

This somber silliness evokes those 1950s BEM movies in which some narrator or scientist delivers an overly-long bit of pseudo-science, spoken with the stern seriousness of a high-school biology film strip. Although, it may also have been inspired by Star Wars's screen scroll, that film released only two years earlier.

The Dark's informational scroll culminates with a red ball of light hurtling toward Earth. We cut to a young woman exiting a movie theater. Oddly, it's night and the streets are deserted. Was she the only patron? Anyway, she's properly frightened, and scurries up the street. She hears footsteps. Spooky voices whisper...

Theeeee da-a-a-a-a-a-a-ark!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstalker... January 11, 2006
THE DARK is an interesting little movie. We have a serial-killing alien (John "Incredible 2-Headed Transplant" Bloom) that can decapitate or pulverize it's victims w/ one blazing glance! William Devane is a writer whose daughter was "The Mangler"'s first victim. He teams up w/ TV personality, Zoe Owens (Cathy Lee Crosby) in order to get to the bottom of the mysterious goings-on. Richard Jaeckel is det. Mooney, the cop on the hunt for the creature. A psychic named De Renzey (Jacquelyn Hyde) sees visions of the murderous monster and finally encounters it in her living room! Bloom is good as the alien, lumbering along slaughtering anyone he can get alone in the dark. Devane and Crosby are likeable enough. Jaeckel is a grumpy guy in this one! Keenan Wynn (Piranha) is his crusty old self as Zoe's boss. Check out Casey Kasem as the pathologist! THE DARK is well worth owning, as it is even better the second or third time you watch it. Atomic cheese for sure, yet endearing and enjoyable. Yes, Phillip Michael Thomas is in it for about two seconds. John "Bud" Cardos does a proper job w/ material that could have been a total mess. This would make a cool double-dip w/ his epic KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS. P.S.- Watch out for that blind dude, he's the harbinger of doom! A keeper...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laughter Lurks In The Dark January 26, 2006
The concept of the dark or the darkness has played a seriously important role in horror since the first horror story was ever told. In fact, it's practically almost a character itself. Numerous horrible things can hide and attack in the dark. Even the immortal Dio tells us, "And monsters always know it's better in The Dark!" Along comes this flick from the 70s called The Dark. This is the film that attempts to answer what is it in the dark that scares us so much. What's waiting there in the dark to attack? Is it a vampire? a madman? an evil spirit or demon? a slimy Lovecraftian monster? No, that evil force in the dark is a hairy alien with laserbeam eyes that wants to pull your head off. He's randomly taking heads on the street at night(long before the Predator did, mind you). Sometimes he decides to blast them with his laser eyes instead. Laser victims explode. I'm not talking about an enormous splat of blood and body parts, but an actual explosion of sparks and a loud bang. The alien's motives are never explained, making him a real pain in the ass for the police to catch. Personally I like this lack of an explaination, coz it's more realistic to assume the alien wouldn't tell everyone his plans so that the audience can experience the "closure" they always seem to need. The Dark is pretty much what you would expect of this kind of film, and if you're on this page reading about this film, I'm sure you're a fan of silly horror flicks and already know something about it. The alien isn't seen much-either from a distance or in a few short closeups. He does look kinda creepy, too bad we don't see more of his face. The film was directed by John "Bud" Cardos(his name itself an indicator of the quality of this film) who also brought us the William Shatner classic, Kingdom Of The Spiders. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's good!!!!! September 13, 2005
The Dark is one of those sci-fi/action/thriller movies that is big on talent(William Devane, Richard Jaeckel) and not much else. There is a murderer on the loose in L.A., is it an alien? We don't know! Is it a supernatural monster? We don't know!

What we do know is somebody or some THING is killing people at night in L.A. and the only one who can stop him is a down and out, alcoholic writer,(Devane, who is also the father of the killer's first victim), who finds out who the killer is from a clairvoyant old woman. The only saving grace about this celluloid turkey,(other than Cathy Lee Crosby as eye candy), is Richard Jaeckel's typical, but nonetheless letter perfect portrayal of the tough cop,(with a great big .357 Magnum) who's gonna get the killer no matter what! This movie is a must have for all Richard Jaeckel fans! Oh, there's also a blind guy who is seen walking at night throughout the movie who doesn't even get so much as a scratch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good reason to stay out of a dark alley.
I like this movie because it doesn't take itself too seriously. And does a nice job of making sure you remember certain scenes long after the mover is over. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gary Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars a truly lost horror VHS gem!
this film is a total mind boggle! Lazers, monsters, screaming women, the whole sh-bang! However it can be a little slow at times, but just run with it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Carlos L. Colon
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent product
excellent product, arrived on time, works great. i would purchase from this merchant again.very happy with this product, would recommend it to friends.
Published 19 months ago by PenDragon
4.0 out of 5 stars A good old horror story
I replaced an old VHS copy with a disk. I have always loved this horror flick, a really good without a lot of slick special effects.
Published 20 months ago by Greg
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark
I enjoyed this movie. It's not a modern special affects giant, but the first time I saw it at the movies I couldn't go into dark places for weeks without hearing the sound track. Read more
Published 22 months ago by polarbear
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a movie!
I saw this movie 25 plus years ago. I loved it then and still do to this day. Not every one is going to like everything that they see, but this movie is done very well. Read more
Published 22 months ago by salvatore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I been waiting to buy this after I,ve seen it on HBO. The DVD made it better than I recall.
Published on September 2, 2011 by Buzz
The movie was simply bad and not even "best in bad" type of campy. The movie has a needless 1950's prologue and epilogue. Read more
Published on August 12, 2011 by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark
I first saw The Dark on late-night television during the 1990s and thought it was an interesting movie, even though it had no great science-fiction effects. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by Reid M. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...not Great.
It's a good movie as far as the story goes. Plus the acting isn't all that bad. It's a basic 1970's horror/sci-fi movie but it had its off moments. Read more
Published on October 6, 2008 by Terry Armstrong
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