21 July 2024
Alone in the Dark (1982)
91 min.
Directed by Jack Sholder.
With Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau, Dwight Schultz, Erland van Lidth, Deborah Hedwall, Lee Taylor-Allan, Phillip Clark, Elizabeth Ward.
Mediocre slasher about a group of mental patients who escape from an asylum after an electrical fritz and begin to terrorize a psychiatrist (Pleasence) and his family.

Generally acceptable with some bits of atmosphere in spots, but ultimately nothing really special. Boasts a decent amount of gore effects by Tom Savini. While there are those who undoubtedly have kinder thoughts on this one, the occasional touches of humor seemed awkward & ineffective, and undermine any tension director Sholder might have created. Of course, anything with screen veterans Palance and Landau as psychotic inmates on the loose isn't without its own...strange and offbeat rewards.

Watchable, but could have been much better.

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