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The Dark

4.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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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

Special Features

  • Interview with John "Bud" Cardos
  • Original trailer

Product Details

  • 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:
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AC7P0Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dark" on IMDb

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By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 11, 2006
Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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