The Dark

The Dark

DVD (Color)

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Overview

This well-acted but wildly disjointed sci-fi/horror film stars William Devane as a writer who takes a personal interest in a series of baffling decapitation murders in the L.A. area, all of which seem to indicate some kind of supernatural force at work. He is joined in his investigation by a TV reporter (Cathy Lee Crosby), while detective Dave Mooney (Richard Jaeckel puzzles over evidence that the killer may not even be human. Their subsequent monster hunt is both stylish and suspenseful but completely collapses at the end, trashing any attempt at explanation by revealing the murderer as a lumpy-browed alien brute with ill-fitting slacks and laser-beam eyes. After a tension-filled 80-minute set-up, the moronic climax brings the suspense to a jarring halt and was probably added late in the game by a lame-brained studio executive who decided in mid-production to change the killer into an alien. Directorial duties were originally assigned to Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), who bailed out early to be replaced by John "Bud" Cardos. Enough said.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2016
UPC: 0827421033093
Original Release: 1979
Source: Adventures Of Captai
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 36,788

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Devane Roy
Cathy Lee Crosby Zoe
Richard Jaeckel Mooney
Keenan Wynn Moss
Jacquelyn Hyde DeRenzey
Biff Elliot Bresler
Vivian Blaine Courtney
Casey Kasem Pathologist
John Bloom Killer
Roberto Contreras Bartender
Paula Crist Actor
John Dresden Actor
Warren Kemmerling Capt. Speer
Jay Lawrence Jim
Russ Marin Dr. Baranowski
Ken Minyard TV Sportscaster
Penny Ann Phillips Zelza
Vernon Washington Henry
Monica Peterson Mrs. Lydell

Technical Credits
John Cardos Director,Producer
Dick Clark Producer
Robert Dietz Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Dreffke Editor
Igo Kantor Associate Producer
Roger Kellaway Score Composer
Edward L. Montoro Producer
John A. Morrill Cinematographer
Derek Power Executive Producer
Rusty Rosene Art Director,Production Designer
Stanford Whitmore Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dark
1. Chapter 1 [1:24]
2. The Dark [3:53]
3. Tarot Reading [6:45]
4. Ice Kill [8:54]
5. Tail Job [13:56]
6. Dead Air [9:29]
7. 357 Magnum [10:03]
8. Mirroring [8:41]
9. No Pattern [8:32]
10. Alien? [11:21]
11. Showdown [7:31]

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