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Alone in the Dark (1982)

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Commentary 1: Director Jack Sholder Rating:8.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on January 21st, 2013:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I picked up this DVD, because I'm a huge fan of "New Line Cinema" (a.k.a "The House that Freddy Built.") and found "The Hidden" to be a severely underrated '80s Classic. If you enjoyed Director Jack Sholder's track on "the Hidden", as well as his contributions to all the behind-the-scenes material on "Freddy's Revenge," this track should not disappoint. Again, a moderator is provided to goad Sholder along, lest the track should become "dead air." But, the track never idles. You get a sense of Sholder's real passion for humanistic characterization and old-fashioned storytelling. He admits, that he directed Horror films more out of necessity than sheer love for the genre. His early experience editing "The Burning" proved crucial in his subsequent filmmaking. He doesn't pander to the audience, or come across as patronizing. He admits that he's no 'Wes Craven' when it comes to Horror. I find his put-upon disposition rather fun and humorous; his stories regarding Jack Palance are worth the listen on their own. High Comedy! With anecdotes about genre royalty like Donald Pleasance, and the amiable Martin Landau also thrown into the track. A fantastic look at the early days of "New Line Cinema," and the moderator makes sure to divulge that the "Hockey-masked Killer" arrives here before Friday the 13th 3D. Take that Sean. Cunningham, LOL!
Reviewed by frankasu03 on June 21st, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
A Small addendum to my review. Lest I incur the wrath of true "Horror"-fans, the hockey mask motif adopted in Friday 3D was not under Mr. Cunningham's watch. That credit (disputed to this day) lies with Steve Miner, Frank Mancuso Jr, and/or the crew of the 3rd installment. If memory serves, Sean got the rights to the "Jason" character back, prior to "Jason Goes to Hell," and had the expressed desire to "get rid of the damn Hockey Mask" (paraphrasing Adam Marcus from that commentary). Still, some funny coincidence that the mask appears in "Alone in the Dark."