In so many modern slasher flicks, the killer is inevitably revealed to be a young, unbalanced sociopath. Few films possess the boldness to feature geriatric psychos, but that is precisely the central conceit of Alone in the Dark. Jack Palance and Martin Landau lead a quartet of escaped mental patients who become convinced their new attending physician murdered their former, beloved doctor and set out to get their revenge. The level of authenticity Landau and Palance bring to this film, coupled with the incredible opening dream sequence, provides more substance to Alone in the Dark than its hook would suggest. The ingeniously self-aware ending is also a major highlight.