Alone in the Dark (1982)

Genres - Horror, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Horror Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 12, 1982 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This is a very enjoyable tongue-in-cheek horror film about some homicidal maniacs who break out of an asylum and terrorize a psychiatrist's family on a dark and stormy night. Martin Landau and Jack Palance are particularly funny, but there are some genuine scares as well. One scene, in which a frightened woman is menaced on her bed by a maniac thrusting a butcher-knife up through the mattress, is a clever send-up that will nevertheless linger in the memory. The coda, in which the crazy Palance has a bizarre encounter with a spaced-out punk chick in a nightclub, is a real gem. Recommended.

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asylum [mental hospital], escape, family-in-danger, psychiatrist, psychopath, blackout [power loss], family, homicidal-maniac, mental-institution, rampage, revenge, sanitarium, killing-spree, nightclub, punk-rock