Out of the Dark (1989 film)

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Out of the Dark
Directed by Michael Schroeder
Produced by Zane W. Levitt
David C. Thomas
Paul Bartel
Written by J. Greg De Felice
Zane W. Levitt
Starring Karen Witter
Karen Black
Bud Cort
Geoffrey Lewis
Tracey Walter
Cameron Dye
Music by Paul Antonelli
David Wheatley
Cinematography Julio Macat
Edited by Mark S. Manos
Distributed by CineTel Films
Release date
  • May 5, 1989 (1989-05-05)
Running time
89 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,600,000 (estimated)
Box office $419,428 (USA)

Out of the Dark is a 1989 American erotic comedy horror film starring Karen Witter. The film is notable for being Divine's last acting credit.


"Suite Nothings" is a sleazy L.A. phone-sex hot-line voiced by failed models. Preying on them is Bobo, a psychotic killer who dresses in a clown costume. While the police try to uncover the clown's identity, the agency's models fall to Bobo's murderous rage.



Home media[edit]

Out of the Dark was released on VHS and Laserdisc in 1989 by RCA/Columbia Pictures home video. Sony Pictures released the film on a manufactured-on-demand DVD-R of the film on March 1, 2011. The film ran on FearNet in 2009.

Mill Creek Entertainment re-released Out of the Dark on DVD.


Stephen Holden from the New York Times gave the film a negative review, calling it "misogynistic" and criticized its inconsistent tone.[1] Time Out called it "A straight re-run of those '70s slasher pics", and criticized the film for the obvious identity of the killer.[2] TV Guide awarded the film one out of four stars, stating that the only real selling point was the "eccentric array of supporting players".[3]


  1. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Review/Film; 'Out of The Dark,' Phone Sex - The New York Times". New York Times.com. Stephen Holden. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Out of the Dark, directed by Michael Schroeder". TIme Out.com. Time Out. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 
  3. ^ "Out Of The Dark - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV Guide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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