Schlocktoberfest 2K15 Day 20: The Dark (1993)

Go ahead call the Orkin man. He's not going to be able to help you with this problem...
Go ahead call the Orkin man. He’s not going to be able to help you with this problem…

Synopsis: Something is alive beneath the surface of the graveyard. Something with the power to destroy and the power to heal. One man, a cop, is determined to kill this mysterious creature. Another, a scientist, is determined to capture and save this miraculous being. Stalking the creature in it’s subterranean habitat, neither man is aware of the battle they are about to start. A battle for science, survival and revenge.

Graveyards can invoke all sorts of fear and paranoia as most people don’t like entering them for fear of upsetting the dead’s eternal slumber. Well that and the other reason which is an unknown breed of giant prehistoric rat keep nesting grounds underneath them to feast on recently buried corpses. Before you go calling the men in white coats why not contact Mulder and Scully instead. The Dark is one of those rare occurrences that could only take place during the early 1990s and how this didn’t end up catching the attention of The X-Files is a mystery in itself. A little variety makes the world go round I don’t think anyone would disagree that its eerie enough stumbling around a foggy graveyard in the middle of night throwing a curve ball into the mix in the form of a six foot carnivorous rat burrowing tunnels below ground will leave any normal person with a beyond puzzled look on their face. What reason would they give The Dark the time of day? As absurd as the premise is its a well written, directed, and produced mix of superstition blending with the thing directly responsible for the sounds going bump in the night.

This could very well be the surprise hit of Schlocktoberfest season thus far falling into the commonplace didn’t know what to expect type of labeling but went beyond entertaining which is hard enough to do when watching any home video feature. It tends to feel like diving into the deeper end of a swimming pool not knowing whether or not you’re going to sink or swim. What could’ve of been a disastrous viewing can’t get enough high praise from me and if that’s not enough to get you to track this one down you’ll be surprised to find out that this was Neve Campbell’s first movie. That’s right before she faced off against Ghostface she was playing the David Arquette role of a inexperienced sheriff’s deputy and in my opinion she did had a much better run at it than Arquette ever did (not to mention what teen aged guy didn’t have a crush on her back in the day? she definitely fills out her deputy’s uniform very nicely). The beginning is a little clunky nonetheless the entire cast has a great chemistry together mainly because they probably knew that The Dark wasn’t going to win the praises of Siskel and Ebert so why not put everything they had into it and at least give viewers their money’s worth.

Final Grade: A


3 thoughts on “Schlocktoberfest 2K15 Day 20: The Dark (1993)”

  1. I donated my VHS copy of this to a thrift store a few years back cos I planned to buy it on DVD, but never did. I could kick myself. Oh well.

    Nicely put. You hit the major points on the head. I agree with the A score.

  2. I came across it by accident on an Echo Bridge Entertainment 5 Horror Variety pack. Their collections tend to be more hit than miss but I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I was having once I hit play on The Dark. If your still looking for it Fringe – $2.92 via Amazon wholesalers is a pretty solid deal in my opinion.

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