Alone in the Dark Reviews

  • May 14, 2019

    Not to be confused with the 2005 film based on a video game. Instead this is a very suspenseful slasher. Plenty of gore as well. Another 1980's gem. Horror fans should seek this out if they haven't seen it.

    Not to be confused with the 2005 film based on a video game. Instead this is a very suspenseful slasher. Plenty of gore as well. Another 1980's gem. Horror fans should seek this out if they haven't seen it.

  • Feb 20, 2019

    Great cast, good story, and a distinctively suspenseful atmosphere throughout.

    Great cast, good story, and a distinctively suspenseful atmosphere throughout.

  • Mar 30, 2017

    Alone in the dark es una obra extraña en su propia época, poblada de slashers. Sí, es una cinta de psicópatas homicidas, y sí, tiene elementos que la acercan al slasher. Pero realmente es mucho más que eso. Es un interesante thriller que se quiere adentrar con cierta profundidad en qué es realmente ser un "loco" o "psicópata"; quiere realmente hacer una reflexión sobre la enfermedad y hasta qué punto estas personas son realmentes seres problemáticos o simplemente víctimas. Por supuesto mucha de las ideas que se manejan se quedan en poco más que meros planteamientos o simplemente rascan las superficie (a fin de cuentas es una cinta de terror ochentero cuya idea original era tener a un grupo de psicópatas causando terror durante un apagón en NY, mientras un grupo de mafiosos van en su búsqueda; todo muy M; lástima que tampoco esa idea saliera adelante). Es interesante ver como cada uno de los psicópatas reflejan diferentes aspectos del fenómeno; y cómo se intenta también ofrecer una perspectiva de cómo la sociedad tiene también gran influencia en ello. El elenco en general está bien, aunque se desaprovecha un poco a dos grandes como Landau y Pleasence, pero Jack Palance como Frank Hawkes está esplendido y su personaje llega al mismo tiempo a aterrorizarnos y a darnos pena. Si queréis una crítica en mayor profundidad, escuchadme en ETNTP hablando de la cinta junto al Reverendo Wilson: http://www.ivoox.com/terror-no-tiene-podcast-episodio-27-audios-mp3_rf_16359052_1.html

    Alone in the dark es una obra extraña en su propia época, poblada de slashers. Sí, es una cinta de psicópatas homicidas, y sí, tiene elementos que la acercan al slasher. Pero realmente es mucho más que eso. Es un interesante thriller que se quiere adentrar con cierta profundidad en qué es realmente ser un "loco" o "psicópata"; quiere realmente hacer una reflexión sobre la enfermedad y hasta qué punto estas personas son realmentes seres problemáticos o simplemente víctimas. Por supuesto mucha de las ideas que se manejan se quedan en poco más que meros planteamientos o simplemente rascan las superficie (a fin de cuentas es una cinta de terror ochentero cuya idea original era tener a un grupo de psicópatas causando terror durante un apagón en NY, mientras un grupo de mafiosos van en su búsqueda; todo muy M; lástima que tampoco esa idea saliera adelante). Es interesante ver como cada uno de los psicópatas reflejan diferentes aspectos del fenómeno; y cómo se intenta también ofrecer una perspectiva de cómo la sociedad tiene también gran influencia en ello. El elenco en general está bien, aunque se desaprovecha un poco a dos grandes como Landau y Pleasence, pero Jack Palance como Frank Hawkes está esplendido y su personaje llega al mismo tiempo a aterrorizarnos y a darnos pena. Si queréis una crítica en mayor profundidad, escuchadme en ETNTP hablando de la cinta junto al Reverendo Wilson: http://www.ivoox.com/terror-no-tiene-podcast-episodio-27-audios-mp3_rf_16359052_1.html

  • Nov 11, 2016

    Pretty bad horror flick.

    Pretty bad horror flick.

  • Nov 11, 2016

    Pretty good set up for a horror film. A blackout allows four dangerous psychopaths to escape from in insane asylum, who then go on a murderous rampage through a small town. The quartet of crazies includes Jack Palance as a paranoid war veteran, Martin Landau as a crazy preacher, and also a couple other characters named The Bleeder and Fatty. The film was directed by Jack Sholder, who's a director who I've always thought deserved to work on major films because he consistently delivered solid low budget films like "The Hidden" or an underrated TV movie "By Dawn's Early Light." I even enjoyed his silly giant spider movie "Arachnid." Donald Pleasence plays a doctor and Dwight Schultz & Larry Pine also appear in the film. Overall, it's nothing brilliant, but solid entertainment.

    Pretty good set up for a horror film. A blackout allows four dangerous psychopaths to escape from in insane asylum, who then go on a murderous rampage through a small town. The quartet of crazies includes Jack Palance as a paranoid war veteran, Martin Landau as a crazy preacher, and also a couple other characters named The Bleeder and Fatty. The film was directed by Jack Sholder, who's a director who I've always thought deserved to work on major films because he consistently delivered solid low budget films like "The Hidden" or an underrated TV movie "By Dawn's Early Light." I even enjoyed his silly giant spider movie "Arachnid." Donald Pleasence plays a doctor and Dwight Schultz & Larry Pine also appear in the film. Overall, it's nothing brilliant, but solid entertainment.

  • Carlos M Super Reviewer
    Jun 14, 2016

    A lot in this movie is stupid or makes no sense when you think about it - like the truth about the Bleeder's face and how that asylum doesn't have any emergency generator -, but it has its moments and Palance, Pleasence and Landau seem to be having crazy fun as sick f***s.

    A lot in this movie is stupid or makes no sense when you think about it - like the truth about the Bleeder's face and how that asylum doesn't have any emergency generator -, but it has its moments and Palance, Pleasence and Landau seem to be having crazy fun as sick f***s.

  • Nov 04, 2015

    A good thriller about some murderers that escape the psych ward and attack a family's household. Donald Pleasance plays their psychiatrist, which may sound a bit familiar. The movie had a very conservative, condescending attitude towards psychology and even portrays the psychiatrist as a stoner that is too forgiving.

    A good thriller about some murderers that escape the psych ward and attack a family's household. Donald Pleasance plays their psychiatrist, which may sound a bit familiar. The movie had a very conservative, condescending attitude towards psychology and even portrays the psychiatrist as a stoner that is too forgiving.

  • Nov 01, 2014

    Alone in the Dark has Early 80s Palance, Pleasance, Landau hamming it up in a , why don't they make so bad they are good crap fests line this anymore!? Everything now is vanilla with no cheesy verve!

    Alone in the Dark has Early 80s Palance, Pleasance, Landau hamming it up in a , why don't they make so bad they are good crap fests line this anymore!? Everything now is vanilla with no cheesy verve!

  • May 20, 2014

    This midnight creeper from the people that brought you "Nightmare On Elm Street" showcases three elderly serial killers in their escape from a mental asylum and the havoc they reek on a suburban neighborhood during a blackout.

    This midnight creeper from the people that brought you "Nightmare On Elm Street" showcases three elderly serial killers in their escape from a mental asylum and the havoc they reek on a suburban neighborhood during a blackout.

  • May 05, 2014

    Surprisingly this movie was tense, fun and gory; all at the same time! I did genuinely enjoy this film which featured a group of criminally insane folk who escape from an institution during a blackout! (Not too secure a place, clearly)... They seek vengeance on the new doctor who they believe killed there previous doctor... It was genuinely very different with a few basic rules borrowed from the slasher handbook!

    Surprisingly this movie was tense, fun and gory; all at the same time! I did genuinely enjoy this film which featured a group of criminally insane folk who escape from an institution during a blackout! (Not too secure a place, clearly)... They seek vengeance on the new doctor who they believe killed there previous doctor... It was genuinely very different with a few basic rules borrowed from the slasher handbook!