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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...
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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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this movie hit the theaters in 1980. And it was not made straight to video, in fact it was a major release of a b film and back then b movies did play major theater chains... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Dobey
This is proof that you shouldn't change horses in mid stream. The movie started life as a slasher movie under the hand of Tobe Hooper as director and American Bandstand host Dick... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Page
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 morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Gary Anderson
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 morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Carlos L. Colon
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 on December 8, 2012 by PenDragon
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 on November 7, 2012 by Greg
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 morePublished on September 12, 2012 by polarbear