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James Herbert – The Dark

Posted by demonik on May 29, 2009

James Herbert – The Dark (Nel, 1980)


It came like a malignant shadow with seductive promises of power. And somewhere in the night …..

A small girl smiled as her mother burned … Asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants …. In slimy tunnels once-human creatures gathered. Madness raged as the lights began to fade and humanity was attacked by an ancient, unstoppable evil ….

Mini-review by Franklin Marsh

Crammed full of good creepy, gruesome stuff. A scene set in a ‘mental hospital’ is what the critics (well the good ones) would call ‘nerve-shredding’. All this plus football violence, the National Front, acid burns, mass murder and suicide, comedy cops – and a possible contender for Worst Pub Landlord. Being British I have to complain in the strongest possible terms about the cruelty to ‘nice’ animals – he can butcher as many rubbish humans as he likes but is sawing a dogs legs off with a hedge-trimmer really necessary? Possibly the last ‘classic’ Herbert.

See also The Dark thread on Vault Of Evil


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