Sunday, August 23, 2009

Alone in the Dark (1982)

4 / 5 Aug '09
Tagline: Too frightened to breathe...
Directed by: Jack Sholder
Written by: Jack Sholder, Robert Shaye
Actors include: Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau
Genre: Horror
Length: 92 minutes
Banned: Finland, Iceland
Country: USA

I actually think this would have worked really well as Halloween III: Season of the Witch considering it has more in common with the franchise than the actual third sequel. This one is about a group of mental patients (who are seriously disturbed...Jack Palance and Martin Landau were particularly creepy) that seem to believe that their old Doctor was killed by new Doctor Dan Potter (the old doctor was named Potter had to track down Harry har har). Anyhow, Dan Potter and his wife and daughter are in trouble when the electricity goes out. You see the mental ward door is controlled by electricity so when they break out guess where they are going! This was actually created with a great sense of humor (chasing the mailman down for his hat for example) and some nice teases of gore. It's just a shame that the nastiest scenes were dream sequences...still this does have some blood in realty too. Just because this is rather erm derivative doesn't mean it isn't a ball of fun all on it's own.

Availability:  On DVD

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