Alone in the Dark (1982)

USA, 1982
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Jack Sholder.

Plot Summary

During a power cut, a gang of psychotics escape from the Haven maximum security psychiatric hospital and begin to stalk the psychiatrists who they believe have tormented them with their experimental theories.


Directed by: Jack Sholder
© MCMLXXXII [1982] New Line Productions, Inc.
New Line Cinema presents a Robert Shaye production. A New Line production. Produced in association with Masada Productions
Executive Producer: Benni Korzen
Produced by: Robert Shaye
Associate Producer: Sara Risher
Written by: Jack Sholder
Story by: Jack Sholder, Robert Shaye, Michael Harpster
Director of Photography: Joseph Mangine
Edited by: Arline Garson
Music by: Renato Serio
Location Mixer: Allan Byer
Costume Designer: Alexandra de Marande
Make-Up/Hair: Lyzanne Goodson
Special Make-Up and Effects Created by: Thomas Brumberger, Don Lumpkin
Toni’s Apparition Created by: Tom Savini
Fire Effects: Matt Vogel
Art Director: Peter Monroe

Jack Palance (Frank Hawkes)
Donald Pleasence (Dr Leo Bain)
Martin Landau (Byron “Preacher” Sutcliff)
Dwight Schultz (Dan Potter)
Erland Van Lindth (Ronald “Fatty” Elster)
Deborah Hedwall (Nell Potter)
Lee Taylor-Allan (Toni Potter)
Phillip Clark (Tom Smith/Skagg)
Elizabeth Ward (Lyla Potter)
Brent Jennings (Ray Curtis)
Gordon Watkins (Detective Barnett)
Carol Levy (Bunky)
Keith Reddin (Billy)
Annie Korzen (Marissa Hall)
Lin Shaye (receptionist at Haven)
Dorothy Dorian James (mom)
John Weissman (bicycle messenger)
Jana Schneider (spaced-out girl at club)
Robert Pastner (customer in diner)
Larry Pine (Dr Harry Merton)

Alternative Titles

Soli nel buio – Italian title
Zwei Stunden vor Mitternacht – German title

See also
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Extracts included in
Terror in the Aisles (1984)


Video Watchdog no.125 (May/June 2006) pp.4-5
Jack Sholder’s directorial debut, and New Line Cinema’s first in-house production, Alone in the Dark […] adheres to some slasher conventions but also features more earnest attempts at suspense than expected, and Pleasance’s touchy-feely, dope-smoking doctor (who insists on referring to his patients as “voyagers”) offers amusing contrast to his resolute Dr. Loomis from the Halloween series. Palance and Landau, both decidedly pre-Oscar, play the material as broadly as expected but are also genuinely unsettling in spots, and the former figures in a memorably twisted ending that thankfully sidesteps the usual sequel set-up. – from an illustrated review by John Charles



  • Cinefantastique vol.13 no.4 (April-May 1983) p.61 – review
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.15 (1980) p.53 – review
  • Fangoria no.25 pp.34-37, 62 – illustrated article
  • Is It Uncut? no.3 p.31 – illustrated review
  • Kerrang! no.44 p.13 – illustrated review
  • Melody Maker 7 May 1983 – review
  • New Musical Express 21 May 1983 – review
  • Photoplay January 1984 p.52 – review
  • Video Watchdog no.125 (May/June 2006) pp.4-5 – illustrated review (by John Charles)
  • Video World February 1984 p.24 – review


  • Daily Mail 6 May 1983 – review
  • Mail on Sunday 8 May 1983 – review


  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.190 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd Edition) by Phil Hardy p.373 – credits, review
  • Elliot’s Guide to Films on Video (4th Edition) by John Elliot p.19 – credits, short review, UK video data
  • The Film’s of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.11 – credits, synopsis
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.20 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.10 – credits
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay pp.21-22 – credits
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.214-215 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.50-52
  • Twisted Visions: Interviews with Cult Horror Filmmakers by Matthew Edwards pp.82-98
  • Virgin Film Yearbook Volume 2 by James Park p.7 – credits, review