ALONE IN THE DARK (junk in the dark) (1982 U.S.) D/W: JACK SHOLDER W/P: ROBERT SHAYE W: MICHAEL HARRPESTER
Four violent mental patients (Martin Landau, Jack Palance, Elrland van Lidth de Jeude and some guy we never see) are kept in a maximum security wing of a rest haven against liberal, eccentric warden Donald Pleasence's will. During a blackout (that interrupts the Sic Fucks playing the wonderful Chop Up Your Mother on stage) they escape and make their way to the remote home of psychiatrist Dwight Schultz, who they think killed their former doctor. Schultz and family try and keep them out as citizens riot in the city. ALONE IN THE DARK is not great all the way through and has too many false scares, but parts are excellent and the cast is fun to watch (particularly Landau). I expect lots of viewers hated the anti-climatic ending, but i think it's well done. With Lin Shaye and Larry Pine. It was the directorial debut from the guy who made A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 2 and THE HIDDEN.

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