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Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 15 October 1945 (UK)
An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales.

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Roland Culver ...
Mary Merrall ...
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Joan Cortland
Frederick Valk ...
Dr. Van Straaten
Anthony Baird ...
Hugh Grainger (as Antony Baird)
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Sally O'Hara
Robert Wyndham ...
Dr. Albury
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Joyce Grainger
Miles Malleson ...
Hearse Driver
Michael Allan ...
Jimmy Watson
Barbara Leake ...
Mrs O'Hara
Ralph Michael ...
Peter Cortland
Esme Percy ...
Antiques Dealer (as Esmé Percy)
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George Parratt
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Storyline

Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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According to Stephen Bourne's 2005 book "Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music," the depiction of Elisabeth Welch's character Beulah was "a breakthrough in the portrayal of black women in films... for the first time in a film, a black woman is portrayed as independent, successful and resourceful. [Welch] played an important part in the development of the plot, and was featured in the film's billing with such eminent players as Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns and Frederick Valk."

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During the dummy sequence, when sitting and talking with Mr. Kee, the dummy's hand changes position from table to knee. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eliot Foley: Ah! Walter Craig?
Walter Craig: How do you do? You're Eliot Foley.
Eliot Foley: That's right. So glad you were able to come, let's have your bag.
[takes Craig's bag]
Eliot Foley: We'll put the car away afterwards. You know it struck me after I'd telephoned you, rather a cheek on my part asking a busy architect like yourself to come down and spend the weekend with a set of complete strangers.
Walter Craig: Not a bit.
Eliot Foley: You see we're pretty cramped for space here, we need at least two more bedrooms.
Walter Craig: And with only one living room.
Eliot Foley: Yes, only...
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Boogie Bounce
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One of the best horror films ever!
20 September 2000 | by (Bridgewater, MA, USA.) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite horror film along with Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan. Like Kwaidan, this is also a horror anthology. But this directed by four directors and are not separate like Kwaidan's are. This film begins with an architect arriving at a remote farm house for a party. When he's there he feels like he's been here before. Then everyone starts telling scary stories. Each of these stories are shot by different directors. The first story "Christmas Party" is about a girl at a Christmas Party who finds a hidden flight of stairs. She goes up them and finds a boy who's crying. The second story "The Haunted Mirror" is about an engaged couple who marry and the wife buys him a mirror. Needless to say, it is not a normal mirror with a horrifying past. The third story is called "The Hearse Driver". It is about a man who dreams he sees a hearse go by and a creepy man iside tells him "There's room for one more". This becomes a premonition of things to come. I heard a story like this one in a scary story book. The fourth story, "Golfing Story" is about two golfers who love a girl so much they hold a special golfing tournament. The winner gets to marry the girl the loser dies. One of the men wins and the other is forced to drown himself. The fifth and final story "The Ventriloquist" is about a ventriloquist who thinks his dummy is out to get him.

As I said this could be one of the best horror films ever. Forget Jason or Freddy or Chuckie, this is the real thing. It certainly is the best B&W horror film. It is very creepy and it really works well in imparting the feeling of the supernatural. ESPECIALLY the "Ventrioloquist" tale. That is chilling enough to scare the bejebers out of you. If you are a fan of new high tech garbage slasher flicks, then I DO NOT recommend this to you. But if you really love all horror films, classic or new, then you will treasure this creepy classic. Rating: ***** out of *****


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