Dark Side of Love (1982)

USA, 1982
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by John Carr.

Plot Summary

A trainee doctor falls for a porn star who plays piano in a night club and she introduces him to a strange world where the thrill-seeking patrons of the club play variations on .


Directed by: John Carr
© MCMLXXXIII [1983] Television Corporation of America
Executive Producer: William Stroup
Producer: Edmund J. Bodine Jr
Associate Producers: Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, William C. Moore
Screenplay by: Philip Yordan
Cinematography by: Byron Wardlaw, Frank Byers, Art Fitzsimmons
Supervising Editor: Gene Ruggiero
Film Editor: Steve Nielson
Gretta's Theme: Jeff Cohen
Synthesized Sequences: Nathaniel Sassover
Dance Band Music: Jaime Mendoza-Nava
Production Sound: David Brownlow, Bobby D'Amora
Wardrobe: Scott Palmer
Make-Up: Norm Keefer
Hairstylist: Kayelyn Chapman
Set Designers: Robert Chatterton, Ron Crosby
Casting: Lou Edwards

Meridith Haze (Gretta and Charlie White)
Rick Barnes (Glenn Marshall)
J. Martin Sellers (George Youngmeyer)
Anne Fairchild (Contessa Pacelli)
William Charles (Federico Libuse)
Paul Keefer (Mary Contrary)
Mark Ridley (Prince Flubutu)
Theresa Jenson (Helen)
David Lee Daniels (Lola the drag queen)
Lou Dornbush (poppa next door)
Dorothy Mitchell (momma next door)
Jaques Saffell (Pierre Le Rapher)
Michael G. Cavanaugh (porno shop salesman)
Tom Costello (producer in office)
Pat O'Malley (bellydancer)
Kelly Park (club maitre d')
Ruth Gentry (butch in hallway)
Philip Yordan (dirty old moviegoer)
Peter Creadick (Bedouin in movie)
Phyllis Guerinne (Glenn's mother)

Alternative Titles

Carnival of Fools – alternative title
Death Wish Club – alternative title
Erskine Caldwell's Gretta – alternative title
Gretta – alternative title



  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower p.516 – note