As our tale begins, a clean-cut, but cute, young lady is torn to shreds by an alien while strolling home from a late night movie. The girl was the daughter of horror writer Steve Dupree (Devane). Detective Mooney (Jaeckel) is on the case. Coincidentally, he put Dupree away for three years after Dupree killed a man he found in bed with his wife. Dupree wants to track down the killer and has no faith in Mooney's ability. Meanwhile, Zoe Owens (Crosby) is a TV news reporter who is sick of covering swimsuit shoots. She nags at her producer, Sherm (Keenan Wynn), to allow her to cover this killing. Sherm reminds Owens (the former Miss Pasadena Rose Garden) that the only reason she has viewers is that men are trying to figure out how to get into her pants. Alas, the sexual harassment laws were not as strict in the 1970s. The only lead in the case is a psychic named DeRenzy who claims to know the killer's (now nicknamed The Mangler) next victim. The Mangler then decapitates a warehouse worker, a pretty stewardess, and a bar-hopping schmuck. The alien is also equipped with eyes that shoot deadly laser beams, as our unfortunate stewardess discovered the hard way.
Will the very stylish and pretty Zoe Owens win an Emmy for her reporting on The Mangler? Will she do it alive or posthumously? Who will now cover swimsuit shoots now that Owens is otherwise assigned? The movie has some interesting devices. For example, when The Mangler is near, strange whispering is used as background noise. This whispering seems to utter a Latin phrase and then the word "Daaaaaaaarkness." Crosby is beautiful, and her stylish wardrobes are very pleasing to the eye. "The Dark" never succeeded at the box office and to this day most horror aficionados have not seen it. Good acting, menacing kills, a cool alien, and lots of great 1970s memories make "The Dark" a must see to all you B Movie fans.