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Dark Intruder (1965)


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Having issues putting this up in "Suggest a Movie", so I'll do it here.

 

I saw part of *Dark Intruder* on late night local (analog-- who knew?) back in the Eighties. It was released theatrically but was in fact a failed pilot for a TV series. An off-beat western starring *Leslie* *Neilsen*, my first impression was that this had to be a lost pilot for *The Wild Wild West* TV series that went through revision, trading Neilsen out for Robert Conrad. (Kind of like Jeffrey Hunter's Captain Pike was replaced by Shatner's Captain Kirk on Star Trek.) The proposed opening gambit for a series to be called *Black Cloak* (I'm guessing it beat TWWW to the punch), it is a western heavy on gothic horror, set in fog-enshrouded San Francisco, and I thought it was extremely atmospheric and well done. Apparently Universal thought likewise, taking a production that came a cropper selling a series and releasing it on the big screen.

 

This film would be perfect for TCM's Underground. Are you listening, Bob and Ben?

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Thanks for your interest, Princess!

 

You might wonder why something that wasn't good enough for the small screen wound up in theaters-- legend has it that TV execs (known for their weak bladders) thought it was too scary.

 

This one, to my knowledge, has not been released on home video. An outfit called Sinister Cinema was supposed to have carried it-- a quick search through their inventory turned up nada.

 

You can see a theatrical trailer below.

 

http://archive.org/details/DarkIntruder-trailer

 

 

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Sorry, but the link to the trailer doesn't work. Anyhow, it was next to impossible to judge the film in qualitative terms a) in a minute's worth of clips, and B) trying to machete your way through all the hard sell hyperventilating of studio marketing types. You'll just have to take my word for it.

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I had great luck with Sinister Cinema back in the late nineties.

 

 

They sent me fabulous VHS tapes of "The Bat" (1928) and "The Sadist."

 

 

Both were amazingly cystal clear, with sharp images and rich dark shadesso that it was like they were made just yesterday.

 

 

I'm going to investigate and see if they are now selling DVDs.

 

 

Do you have anymore personal favorite horrors that you enjoy?

 

 

I'd love to check them out.

 

 

Princess

 

 

 

 

 

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Someone was nice enough to make me a VHS copy of 'DARK INTRUDER' several years ago.  The movie only runs an hour so it doesn't wear out its welcome.  Definitely worth a watch if you can find.  Robert @ Robert's Rare Videos is the fella who made me a copy maybe 5 or 6 years ago.  It is a rather unique movie.   

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