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Year
1982
Runtime
92 min.
Director
Jack Sholder
Genres
Thriller, Horror
Rating *
6.2
Votes *
2,113
Checks
781
Favs
15
Dislikes
14
Favs/checks
1.9% (1:52)
Favs/dislikes
1:1
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  1. Pochitochi's avatar

    Pochitochi

    love it. 7 years ago
  2. Mercator's avatar

    Mercator

    Not a regular early-80s slasher. Worth a watch. 8 years 1 month ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Alone in the Dark is a fun and unusual slasher film with a great cast, about four violent patients who escape their satirically progressive mental institute to attack the new resident psychiatrist and his family at their home. Dwight Schultz is the poor doctor, and perfect to bring the proper anxiety to bear. Jack Palance and Martin Landau are perfect as two of the maniacs, and Donald Pleasence has fun with his role as the unorthodox psychiatrist who heads the hospital. As a slasher film, it knows how to create tension, using the genre's predictability to good effect. What I perhaps like most of all is how it goes out of its way to show the madness in the rest of society. The riot when the power goes out, the punk band's mosh pit, everyone's little phobias and anxieties... And in the end, the "sane" characters resorting to slasher violence to protect themselves. I can't decide if the pedophile character is a good idea however. It makes you squirm, sure, but in a movie that's really a black comedy that says everyone's got issues, it feels exploitative and a little tone-deaf. But generally, this is a hoot and a half, albeit not one that takes mental health very seriously (but has any slasher film?). 10 months 3 weeks ago
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  1. This movie ranks #240 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  2. This movie ranks #643 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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