The Dark (1979)

The Dark


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This well-acted but wildly disjointed sci-fi/horror film stars William Devane as a writer who takes a personal interest in a series of baffling decapitation murders in the L.A. area, all of which seem to indicate some kind of supernatural force at work. He is joined in his investigation by a TV reporter (Cathy Lee Crosby), while detective Dave Mooney (Richard Jaeckel puzzles over evidence that the killer may not even be human. Their subsequent monster hunt is both stylish and suspenseful but … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Stanford Whitmore
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On DVD: Oct 11, 2005



as Roy Warner / Steve D...

as Zoe Owens

as Det. Dave Mooney

as Sherman 'Sherm' Moss

as Capt. Speer

as Detective Jack Bresl...

as Pathologist

as Courtney

as Killer

as Dr. Baranowski

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Stewardess

as Stewardess

as Antwine

as Young Man

as TV Sportscaster

as Mrs. Lydell
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Critic Reviews for The Dark

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | November 13, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Garners one of the dumbest monsters ever brought to the big screen...

Full Review… | June 16, 2008
Cinema Crazed

Full Review… | November 13, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Dark

The actors sell this unexplainably-angry-alien-amongst-us spectacle, but only just. You'll watch to see who in the cast you recognize and to watch them go through their paces as this is all too predictable, but after that there is little here to recommend

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The synopsis says that this movie is well acted, but I disagree, the actors were boring. In fact the whole movie wasn't exciting enough to hold my attention. The monster was even boring. There are murders, there's a monster, there's cops trying to stop the monster, and that's it. This is a poor excuse for a monster film. It doesn't make anyone afraid of the dark.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Fun little crime/horror flick from the late 70's. William Devane is having way more fun than the audience, however.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

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