Monday, January 16, 2012

Alone in the Dark (1982)

Nope. this isn't the god-awful Uwe Boll film that came out a few years ago.  Rather, this is an early feature from New Line Cinema that's one of those films I've always wanted to see.  Dwight (The A-Team) Schultz plays a Potter, shrink at a mental hospital who replaces a popular doctor, much to the chagrin of loons Jack Palance, Martin Landau and Erland van Lidth.  Thinking Potter has killed the other doctor, they escape and run amok, targeting him and his family.

The story doesn't get much more complex than that as the rest of the movie is basically Palance and Landau chewing the scenery in some great set pieces.  While the other actors are just fine, the show is stolen by Landau and Palance.  Palance is creepy as hell and Landau is at his over the top best.

Donald Pleasence is also on hand as the head of the hospital, a pot smoking oddball who refers to his patients as "voyagers".  Donald is great as usual, delivering a wonderfully odd deadpan performance that makes you wonder if his characters is nuts as well.  It's a very sly parody of his Halloween character.

Jack Sholder does a good job directing things and his relationship with New Line will continue with The Hidden and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.  The effects are also good as Tom Savini contributes a bit and if there's anything I can honestly gripe about it would be a little bit of stumbling in the pacing here and there and a rather loose narrative until the last third.  Apart from that, Alone in the Dark is a fun, silly, entertaining little horror film with a great cast.

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