The Dark Power (1985)

35mm film, colour, 1.66:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Phil Smoot.

Plot Summary

A couple are haunted by the spirits of dead and they call in an exorcist to help drive them out.


Directed by: Phil Smoot
New Vision Productions, Ltd. and Triad Motion Pictures, Inc. present
Produced by: Phil Smoot and George B. Walker
Associate Producer: John G. Wolfe III
Written by: Phil Smoot
Director of Photography: Paul Hughen
Edited by: Sherwood Jones
Music by: Christopher Deane and Matt Kendrick
Special Makeup Effects: Tony Elwood
Art Director: Dean Jones
Principal Location Provided by: Hill Realty, Belews Creek, N.C.

Lash LaRue (Girard)
Anna Lane Tatum (Beth)
Cynthia Bailey (Tammie)
Mary Dalton (Mary Dalton)
Paul Holman (Uncle Earl Coleman)
Cynthia Farbman (Lynn Evans)
Marc Matney (Craig Evans)
Tony Shaw (David Cody)
Robert Bushyhead (John Four Eagles Cody)
Suzie Martin (Suzan)
Dean Jones (Alan)
Steve Templeton (Dallas)
Paige Elizabeth Ray (Page)
Eric Mikesall (Cletus)
Tony Elwood (courthouse student)
Don Dahler (photographer #1)
Jeff Johnson (photographer #2)
Peter Deane, Ralph Shaw (TV news voices)
Janet Harllee (Beth's friend)
Dave Plyter (Mr Evans)
Howard Martin (churchman #1)
Steve Idol (churchman #2)
Sammy Fulp (minister)
Cary Wolfe (fisherman's son)
Barbara Hill (fisherman's wife)
Ray Speight (man shooting fish)
John Wolfe (attorney)
Jerry Whittington (Sammy)
Lars Lundgren (housing inspector)
Robin Doby (waitress)
David Hill, Neal Stockton (police inspectors)

The Toltecs
Stuart Watson (Wolfeye)
Mighty Joe Coltrane (Archer)
Jerry Montgomery (Tomahawk)
Sherwood Jones (Dim)

Alternative Titles

Dark power – Spain
La maledizione del cannibale – Italy



  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.110
  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower p.438; 516 – illustrated credits, review; note
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.275