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The Dark (1979) — Episode 20 — Decades of Horror 1970s

“I’m not afraid of the dark, I’m afraid of what’s in it.” – trailer for THE DARK  (1979). This is one of those head-scratching genre films that littered the Seventies. Originally a straight up monster movie, the film was re-written as a sci-fi flick at the last minute replacing director Tobe Hooper with John “Bud” Cardos. How does that happen? The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 20  — The Dark  (1979)

The Dark has an extraordinary cast with everyone wondering just WTF is going on. The film features  William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, Richard Jaeckel & Keenan Wynn in the headlining roles with  Biff Eliot, Casey Kasem, John Bloom (as The Dark), Jacqueline Hydem, Vivian Blaine & Philip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice) as Corn Rows in supporting roles. The script has cop Jaeckel and writer Devane, the father of the first victim, bickering back and forth as they chase down the creature  they call The Dark, a monstrous beast that shoots death rays from his eyes. Yup.

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Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.