Alone in the Dark

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Time Out says

'I guess I just prefer psychopaths...' smiles bug-eyed Donald Pleasence, director of the fashionably liberal 'Haven' mental institute. We've already seen what the psychopaths think of him in a pre-credit nightmare: he hangs his victims by the ankles and splits their personalities with a meat-cleaver through the crotch. There's a sharp sense of humour at work in this school-of-Carpenter siege movie, even if, for all its ironic observations on madness in American society, it never cuts free of genre routine. A citywide blackout lets out the 370lb child molester, crazed preacher, military hardnut and faceless 'nosebleed killer,' to put the wimpish assistant director and his family through the suspense grinder; but with the strength of the cast (Landau, Palance) on the outside, the siege machine seems to have slipped a gear.
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Release details

UK release:

1982

Duration:

93 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Jack Sholder

Cast:

Erland Van Lidth, Dwight Schultz, Martin Landau, Donald Pleasence, Jack Palance, Deborah Hedwall

Music:

Renato Serio

Art Director:

Peter Monroe

Editor:

Arline Garson

Cinematography:

Joe Mangine

Screenwriter:

Jack Sholder

Producer:

Robert Shaye

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