FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Oct 3, 2006

Day 3- WHAT?

Well, they can’t ALL be gems in The Amanda Collection, now, can they? I guess I won't hold it against her. Like Meat Loaf says, "2 out of 3 something something".

Today’s flick, One Dark Night (1983; aka Night in the Crypt, aka Dark Night, aka Entity Force, aka Mausoleum, aka Night of Darkness, aka Rest in Peace, aka Moms Mabley and Her All-Star Jug Band), seems to have all the ingredients necessary to make a B-grade horror film for the ages. Sadly, the ingredients- Adam West, EG Daily, Meg Tilly, a creepy Phantasm-style mausoleum, satin jackets, and telekinesis- could barely muster enough thrills to merit being called D-grade.

Meg Tilly stars as Julie, your typical bookish ‘good girl’ type who wants to join a small group of "cool" kids called The Sisters. The Sisters is made up of the always-welcome EG Daily, a girl with an oral fixation who’s always chewing on a toothbrush, and Julie’s boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, aka the poor man’s Jenilee Harrison of television’s Three’s Company. I mean, who DOESN’T want to join a group like that, eh? Sure, on the one hand they’ve got matching satin jackets and that’s wicked sweet. On the other hand, however, they’ve got these pants, which are by far the most horrifying thing in the entire movie:

Why such high waists, ladies? I mean, those go far beyond even the high-waisted, gut-accentuating monstrosities known as “mom jeans” into “belt directly underneath the boobs” territory. Please note the helpful graphic I’ve created to emphasize the unnatural distance between waist and crotch. I hope to preserve this image in order to save future generations from such unflattering fashion trends.

The Sisters decide that if Julie really wants in the group, she must pass an initiation. In a…(ahem) sharp departure from horror film clichés, Julie’s initiation includes spending the night alone in a mausoleum. Even (ahem) more radical is The Sisters’ evil plan: to return to the mausoleum later in the night to scare Julie!

Little do they all know, the Russian psychic MalloMar Raymar was interred at the mausoleum earlier and is capable of using his deadly Russian telekinesis from beyond the grave. As the night wears on, the girls are running around the mausoleum, there are telekinetically-controlled corpses “floating” around, and Raymar himself puts in an appearance, looking like something you might find on the shelf at Spencers Gifts.

At this point, you may be thinking that One Dark Night sounds pretty bitchin’and I should quit thinking I'm so big and I should definitely lay off the crack pipe. And you know, in an alternate universe, you very well may be correct. Of course, I’m talking about an alternate universe where you are watching a complete cut of the film, not suffering through a director's rough cut as I did. I received an onscreen warning that I was about to watch a ‘rough cut’ and there was the potential for ‘imperfections’ throughout. Fancying myself one who lives on the edge, I said the hell with it! and continued on, thinking that a few rough edits here and there wouldn’t be a big deal. What I got, however, was a film largely without sound. Yeah, there was dialogue…but there was next to nil for music, long periods of silence, and no sound effects. This made it…uh…REALLY difficult to be excited about this movie. Jump scares simply aren’t effective when they’re fucking silent! Mood is difficult to establish without music, and the surprise of seeing Meg Tilly trip and fall is kind of LACKING when it’s prefaced by the director’s voice saying “Aaaannnnnd…fall!”

At one point during One Dark Night, I had an out of body experience. Suddenly I was floating high above my couch, watching myself watching the movie. Boy, did I look angry! I looked angry, and yet I also looked awful silly, watching a movie with no sound. I think at one point I heard myself exclaim “Why the fuck am I watching this?” and I saw myself flip off the screen with both middle fingers. Then I decided that while my body was clearly an idiot, my spirit was not and would be better off spending the time doing anything else in the whole entire world. Just as I was about to float over toward the bathroom and set about re-grouting the tub, however, the movie ended and I was able to rejoin my corporeal self. We had a Diet Coke together to help ease the pain and I promised not to make fun of myself for suffering so very much for a frickin' blog entry. I give this movie 2 out of 10 well, maybe with some fucking music and sound effects it would rate a 4 out of 10s.


Amanda By Night said...

I totally have to apologize for that... David seemed to only record the second disc of the DVD set. He told me to tell you that and hell, I forgot.

Thanks for watching this, now I know what to avoid! :(

I feel awful!

Stacie Ponder said...'s OK. I don't hold it against you or David.

It's good to angry up the blood sometimes! :P

But yeah, stick to Disc 1...

Josh DeSlasher said...

Wow! I'm thankful that you live your life to help horror fans in need of new clips to watch, for the "gooder" and the "batter". The pictures didn't look apetizing either. Must really be a bore!

Well, I'm off. Need to think of what to watch next!

Thanks for your pain and suffering,

Anonymous said...

Yeah, thanks for giving up 90 minutes of your life for us. You must admit, this has a promising cast, though. Based on your plot description, I think I might've seen this but, of course, you DID describe about 2,000 different horror movies, so I probably have seen this...several times.

Reese said...


I love "Dallas," "Battlestar Gallactica" and low-waisted pants.

Nice blog, lady! I drifted over here from "Dark, but shining."

Now, excuse me - I'm going to scan your site in the hopes that you've some Battlestar Gallactica stuff here. I searched Dark, but Shining - but nada!


Anonymous said...

This is a continuation of the Oregon Trail talk from Death Valley

10 Two-Word Commands That Don't Work:
10. Pick-Ax Brimley
9. Hug Billingsley
8. BUY Booze
7. ENTER Brothel
6. HUNT Indians
5. HUNT Carrot-Top
3. EAT Children
2. PLAY Grand-Theft-Auto-Instead
1. Fuck You

Go Ahead, try 'em. They won't work.

p.s. Everybody went to entering "Fuck You" eventually. It was a given. And it was funny, everytime, no matter how many times you did it.
Still is.

Stacie Ponder said...

Welcome, Reese! DBS is a fine, fine site, and a must hit...ESPECIALLY in October!

As much as I love Battlestar, I haven't posted anything about it here- I try to stay with in the realm of horror/slasher as much as possible. DBS got it right and made a nice big blanket o' subject matter for themselves to cover.

One day, I WILL have a Dallas blog. It's a dream of mine, I swear. Anyone who likes Dallas is ALWAYS welcome here. I hope you stick around!

"Trade STDs"..lessee- gimme yer gonorrhea and I'll give you 2 crabs and a syphilis...

Reese said...

Holy shit, Stacey. I was also thinking of doing a Dallas blog! Maybe something along the lines of the "Snakes on a Blog" blog, but ... you know ... Dallas (if I could go to the premier, I could die happy) I've been following the casting developments like a maniac. There's no question; that show made me the woman I am today.

btw, I should say that I'm really happy I found your blog. I'm always searching for good movie blogs and have found quite a few, but VERY few of them are actually written by girls.

You are a girl, right?

Stacie Ponder said...

Thanks very mucho for the compliments (and yes, I am a girl...or at least that's the way mommy and daddy raised me. Wait...Angela from Sleepaway Camp was...bah. Never mind. Move along, nothing to see here!)!!

The Dallas movie scares me to death, simply because I love the show so very much, it'll be such a pale comparison...I mean, some other Hollywood floozy playing my beloved Pam??! NEVER! I posted about the impending movie a while ago and gave some thoughts on it...

Des said...

This movie made me want to self-administer a hydrogen peroxide enema.

Josh DeSlasher said...

I watched this film (with sound! :O) and I agree with your forecast. 4/10, **, okay...ratings that made me realize I could have spent my time elsewhere. I should have known after Friday the 13th 6: Jason Lives that this wouldn't be good either. Tom McLoughlin, or however you spell it, not a great horror director at all. Okay, but "okay" doesn't get me through the night. Meh.