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1982 / Horror, Thriller
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Directed by Jack Sholder
Written by Jack Sholder
Starring Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau, Dwight Schultz and Erland van Lidth

A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Slasher, Insane Asylum
Alone in the Dark (1982)
Review by Michael Mahoney

9 / 10
This is one of those films that I first saw so long ago that it came across as mostly new with this recent rewatch. I did remember one of the most important scenes near the end, but that didn’t really impact my enjoyment here, and Alone in the Dark is certainly a movie I enjoy quite a bit.

I’ve heard it said by a few people before that Alone in the Dark is slow-moving, and while that might be true (a bulk of the action doesn’t really hit until the end), I found it engaging and enjoyable the whole way through, much of it likely due to the surprisingly large amount of worthwhile performances here.

You have three maniacs, played by Jack Palance, Martin Landau, and Erland van Lidth, Donald Pleasence playing a rather amusing doctor, Carol Levy as a hot babysitter named Bunky, and a family composed of daughter Elizabeth Ward, mother and father Deborah Hedwall and Dwight Schultz, and Schultz’s sister, Lee Taylor-Allan, who was one of the funnest characters here aside from Pleasence, Schultz, and Bunky, not to mention the maniacs.

I love the cast here, so while the action is a bit light at times, and the gore never comes close to what might expect from an early 80’s slasher, it doesn’t matter a bit, because I’m still having a fun time.

Alone in the Dark isn’t a favorite of mine, but it’s a very solid slasher from a fantastic period of horror. Easy 8.5/10 (rounded up to 9/10 to fit site’s format).
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