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ALONE IN THE DARK (1982) ** ½

This not bad chiller has three inmates (Jack Palance, Martin Landau, and Erland Van Lidth) escaping from a mental institution during a blackout and terrorizing their doctor (Dwight Schultz) and his family.  Donald Pleasence also stars as Bain, the kooky doctor who runs the asylum.  The performances, punk music (The Sic Fucks perform “Chop Up Your Mother” on stage.), and tight direction by Jack (The Hidden) Sholder put this a notch or two above your average family in peril horror movie.  It also has a cool opening dream sequence and some pretty (intentionally) funny moments.  It’s a shame it isn’t scary.  One of the killers wears a hockey mask in one scene (the same year that Jason donned his in Friday the 13th Part 3) and has nose bleeds before he kills (19 years before Valentine).  You might recognize Schultz as Face Man from The A-Team and Van Lidth as Dynamo from The Running Man.  Palance and Landau went on to win Oscars and are pretty great as the demented inmates.  Sholder did A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 next.

Tags: a, donald pleasence, horror

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