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Alone in the Dark (1982)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"NOT the Uwe Boll film. God, no."
4 stars

'He’s very deeply into his own space just now,' says psychiatrist Donald Pleasence about one of his patients, whom he calls 'voyagers.'

Pleasence’s sly flower-child inversion of his implacable gun-toting shrink in Halloween is just one of many surprises in this offbeat horror movie, which features two future Best Supporting Actors as psychos who escape from the institution during a power outage. Maybe Jack Palance and Martin Landau later wanted to leave this off their resumés, but they’re entertaining in it; Landau, who has that alarming grin going for him anyway, delivers his lines with sick conviction. (Spotting a mailman on a bike, Landau hisses, “I want his hat...”)

The psychos (rounded out by massive Erland van Lidth de Jeude, from Stir Crazy) terrorize rookie shrink Dwight Schultz (The A-Team) and his family. The usual stalk-and-slash stuff follows, but the movie’s tongue-in-bloody-cheek satire of psychobabble sets it apart. Pinch-hitter Tom Savini came in and contributed one make-up job, seen in the film’s best seat-jumper. This was the directorial debut of Jack Sholder, a former editor (The Burning) and award-winning filmmaker for PBS, and one of the genre’s more interesting (if not especially prolific) directors of the ’80s; his next was A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2.

And, God, am I sick of recommending this to people and having to explain that it isn't the goddamn Uwe Boll videogame movie. Ugh.

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User Comments

2/21/17 morris campbell good title thats it 1 stars
4/15/16 mr ken one of my personal favorites from that decade 5 stars
11/22/15 mr.mike I like seeing Oscar winners slumming for a paycheck. 3 stars
9/12/08 Wendy M I saw this as a 16 year old, all those years ago and for its time it is one of the best. 4 stars
11/27/05 cr a creepy slasher with alright story but slow and little boring, but the characters were ok 2 stars
3/19/03 Jack Sommersby Pretty bad, yet it's never boring. 2 stars
12/12/02 Charles Tatum Oh No 1 stars
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  02-Apr-1982 (R)



Directed by
  Jack Sholder

Written by
  Jack Sholder

  Donald Pleasance
  Jack Palance
  Martin Landau
  Dwight Schultz

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