The Dark (1979)

THE DARK (1979)
Article 3457 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-23-2010
Posting Date: 1-31-2011
Directed by John “Bud” Cardos and Tobe Hooper
Featuring William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, Richard Jaeckel
Country: USA
What it is: Extraterrestrial/zombie movie

Someone or something has been killing people nightly, and the police can’t capture it. A writer and a reporter team up to catch it.

The killer turns out to be an extraterrestrial, and that’s not a spoiler since it’s given away in the opening crawl. It also mentions it in the closing crawl. As for the rest of the movie, there’s a passing comment about it being an extraterrestrial, but that’s never really established anywhere else in the movie. Apparently, that’s because the monster was originally supposed to be a zombie, but the movie was so poorly received in that form that it was reedited to make it seem like an extraterrestrial instead. It apparently didn’t help; the movie has a fairly poor reputation, and I was expecting a truly horrible stinker. In truth, I found it tolerable; it’s not good, but the only thing that really annoyed me was that “scary” whispered voice that sounded like it was speaking Esperanto when it wasn’t saying “Darkness” over and over again. The monster costume was lame, but the movie mostly keeps it in the dark. Some of the dialogue is also quite silly. But I did like the odd touches to the plot enough that the movie never really got on my wrong side. By the way, Angelo Rossitto pops up once again as a newsboy, and on checking his info on IMDB, I just learned that he was born in Omaha, where I currently live.

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