Dead of Night details
|Formats:||PG DVD, TBC Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Michael Redgrave, Anthony Baird, Renee Gadd, Googie Withers, Roland Culver, Frederick Valk, Mervyn Johns, Basil Radford, Peggy Bryan, Miles Malleson, Mary Merrall|
|Directors:||Charles Crichton, Alberto Cavalcanti, Basil Dear|
Dead of Night
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Nov 2006|
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Eerie and haunting classicBy a customer from Cardiff, Wales , 04 Apr 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This classic horror film comprises four tales of premonition, haunting, death and possession within the framework of a recurring dream that becomes a nightmare. As the film progresses we the viewers, like the characters within the film, seek to reassure ourselves that this time the dream will not collapse into nightmare, that the terrible events foreseen can be avoided, only to discover that we too are trapped in the dream... Between tales of death and fear the light comedy of the golfing ghost comes as a welcome break, but only throws into sharp relief the fearsome events that follow. A magnificent and haunting film that is well deserving of its classic status. I never want to step on to a double-decker bus ever again ...
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Classic early linked multi-story filmBy Vericacious (17 reviews) , 19 Sep 2013The print isn't the best and many may find the style of acting difficult to get past, but this is a classic if ever there was one. All of the short stories are more than worthwhile, but one stands out from the rest - the one about the ventriloquist. Once seen, never forgotten - and many have carried it with them through their lives; now that's haunting.
The Ultimate Horror AnthologyBy Dreddmancunian (10 reviews) , 28 Jul 2013By far the finest horror anthology I've ever seen. Don't let its age fool you. This is frightening. From a game of hide-and-seek that turns ghostly to a haunted mirror and an unforgettable encounter with a ventriloquist's dummy (remade with Anthony Hopkins as the movie 'Magic'), this is classic horror at its best. At some point, the frightfully proper English accents crack and the stories become truly unsettling. A masterpiece, right down to the unnerving wrap-around story!
A curious delightBy Jim_E (23 reviews) , 18 Jun 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Yes, it's old and rather dated. And yes, it's a little uneven in tone, but it's really clever, really engaging and really original. Worth watching just for Redgrave's story, which is the most chilling, but the whole film is tightly constructed (the framing 'wrapper' story is nice) and has a very faint echo of Bunuel's Exterminating Angel which (pretentious git that I am), I really enjoyed.
Ealing's slant on the vicious circleBy satwalker99 (19 reviews) from CHATHAM , 07 Jun 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideDuring the WW2 years Ealing had worked fit to bust churning out one war film after another,usually for propoganda purposes and other light hearted programmers but Dead of Night was to be a one off exception and using a clutch of established directors and a popular starry cast they picked a good one. Polished, memorable and using a collection of linked ghostly tales whose creepiness was enhanced by exceptional photography & a sinister music background. It is a series of sometimes bizarre nightmares within a nightmare as experienced by one of Ealing's best known & prolific regulars, Mervyn Johns who seemed to turn up in every other war film,notably San Demetrio London, Next of Kin & Went The Day Well? To some the film is a bit of a curate's egg - the best & most gripping by general consensus is the one with the homicidal Vent's dummy & the nutty Michael Redgrave, a genre that has its genesis in The Great Gabbo & extended to Richard Attenborough's Magic with Anthony Hopkins. '.....Room for one more inside!...' is one sinister connotation for a hospitalized racing driver that opens this successful product and the weakest, as a kind of interlude, a nonsense 'haunting' tale of 2 rival golfers, the popular pair, Basil Radford & Naunton Wayne. Although later reputed for some outstanding comedies, and earlier as ATP for giving fame to such as Gracie Fields & George Formby, every devotee of Ealing's studio on the green remembers this gem.
Love Film? Love Dead Of Night!By Julie-Pooly (19 reviews) , 21 May 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is one of the best, all time classic psychological - horror films ever made. A series of short stories interwoven into a very special film, that although old, is timeless - capturing a piece of a bygone era, in film - like a fly in amber. A very British Ealing Studios gem. Enjoy!