The Dark


1h 32m 1979

Brief Synopsis

At night the Mangler stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. On the trail are a TV reporter (Cathy Lee Crosby), the father of one of the victims (William Devane), and a police detective (Richard Jaeckel), but despite their efforts only the mysterious psychic DeRenzy (Jacquelyn Hyde) knows what the killer is and how to stop it.

Film Details

Also Known As
Dark
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1979

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

The Mangler is a seven-foot tall alien that is killing people in Los Angeles by decapitating them and shooting laser beams from its eyes. A television reporter, the father of a victim, a police detective, and a psychic are trying to stop the monster. At

Film Details

Also Known As
Dark
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1979

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

You've been with us for only three months and you still can't really take this job can you?
- Sherman Moss
Of course I can. Look at the ratings!
- Zoe Owens
Oh sure the ratings are great, half of the male population in Los Angeles stay up all night trying to find a way to get into your pants!
- Sherman Moss
I really need this story, I mean look at the ratings!
- Zoe Owens
Yes look at the ratings, the ratings are high, half of the male population is staying up all night trying to figure out a way to get into your pants!
- Sherman Moss
Come on Sherman, I want to do this story.
- Zoe Owens
Why?
- Sherman Moss
Because this is the first impact on my career.
- Zoe Owens
Why the hell do you think I sent you to do those swim suit shows? You've been with us exactly seven months.
- Sherman Moss
Well look at the ratings!
- Zoe Owens
Well of course! Half the male population of L.A. is staying up all night trying to get in your pants!
- Sherman Moss
You've been with us for exactly six months.
- Sherman Moss
Well look at the ratings!
- Zoe Owens
Well of course, half of the male population in LA is staying up all night trying to get in your pants!
- Sherman Moss
I will do it, until I get it right.
- Zoe Owens
That is the way you learn! What do you think I sent you to Beverly Hills for those roadshows? Why do you think I sent you to Pasadena for those swim suit shows?
- Sherman Moss
It's hard to describe how full filling Rose Gardens can be!
- Zoe Owens
Well you've only been with us exactly six months!
- Sherman Moss
Look at the ratings!
- Zoe Owens
Well of course. Half of the male population of LA is staying up all right trying to figure out a way to get into your pants!
- Sherman Moss

Trivia

Director John Cardos replaced Tobe Hooper during production.

The television station is KFVI. The last part "FVI" refers to this film's production company, Film Ventures International. When Shelley is by the movie theater at the beginning of the film, we can see three movie posters, _Chi sei? (1974)_ (better known as Beyond the Door), Grizzly (1976) and _Power, The (1980)_ . These films were produced by Film Ventures International.

"The Dark" was originally a zombie movie. After poor screenings, the studio tried to repackage it as science fiction by removing much of the zombie footage, freeze framing the monster during attacks, and adding laser beams emanating from it's eyes.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1979

Released in United States 1979