Lock the windows and doors because Jack and Martin are loose!
Jul 14, 2009
Alone in the Dark is an underrated horror classic. Where else can you find the great character actors Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau and Jack Palance in one movie? All three in their hammy glory chewing scenery and over acting to the Nth degree. The tale as about a new psych doctor (Animal from the A-Team) who must deal with his new "clients". Ever since their favorite doc disappeared, the natives have become restless. But during a freak weather storm, the three goons decide to leave the hospital and seek out the good doctor and his family. What happens next? Oh, that would be telling but the scene with Jack Palance walking into a Punk Rock club and meeting the "sane" people makes this one a true classic.
The three inmates (Landau, Palance and the bald dude from Stir Crazy) are great. It's a toss up between Martin and Jack on who gets the award for most over the top performance in this one. Jack is very restrained and eerily creepy whilst Martin is just plain bonkers, we're talking full tilt boogie madness. A couple of effective kills and a wonderful performance by the cast make this one a winner. Check out the band in the Punk Rock Club, you'll get a kick out of their name.
*** out of **** Since it's such an overused concept, I've often found myself wondering whether tongue-in-cheek horror movies are even the best kind; or whether they're good at all. But of course, that last part is silly; there are horror movies that I love - "The Evil Dead", "Night of the Creeps", "The Evil Dead II" - and the thing that all three of those films have in common aside from their genre is a touch of comic inspiration. Each one is lovably goofy due to the equal … more