Saturday, May 9, 2009

Alone in the Dark (1982)

A group of psychotics descend on the house of their new doctor and his family after convincing themselves he killed their old doctor and escaping the mental institute. AITD is a highly underrated and undermentioned slasher that offers excellent performances (including Donald Pleasance, Jack Palance, and Martin Landau!), an original plot, and many chilling scenes. The audience can readily empathize with the killers while fearing them, owing as much to the heavies as to the writing behind them. The scale is very small, with only a few select settings, but they are well crafted and create a sense of isolation and hopelessness. On top of that, the score is very subtle but extremely unsettling. There are some pacing issues, but they dont impede the film much. Favorite scene: Dr. Potter calls out to the psychotics, and the camera pans around the dimly lit swing set creaking in the dark, then to the empty trees, with the villains hidden off-screen. Highly recommended as one of New Line's earliest and strongest entries in the genre!

Rating: 8/10.



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6 comments:

  1. Another that I have had sitting around for ages but not yet watched! It's a great cast, really must give it a spin soon.

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  2. Right now my top two list for you is Alone in the Dark and City of the Dead Johnny, well, City of the Dead comma Johnny not City of the Dead Johnny, although that would be a pretty sweet flick too

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  3. No worries man, I will get through em soon enough hopefully. Expect full reviews, at some stage this year. I'm a lazy fuck.

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  4. They arent going anywhere anytime soon, get to them whenever you get the chance but Im sure you will dig um

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  5. I dunno, man. I didn't dig this one so much. I think with the cast involved, it could have been a better flick. Maybe I was expecting more out of it. Still - to get Landau, Pleasance, and Palance in a film together - a genre film no less - is pretty impressive. And I'm glad you like it. I just wish I felt the same about it.

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  6. I think I was destined to like this one even if no one else did, I had seen the VHS coverart on the shelves of many old haunts for years and never got to see it until it finally hit DVD, but I really enjoy it. I feel the same way about Event Horizon, I want to like it badly but I just dont.

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