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Dead of Night (1972)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  30 August 1972 (USA)
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A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie.

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Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ...
Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ...
Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe ...
Dr. Philip Allman
Anya Ormsby ...
Cathy Brooks
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Michael Mazes ...
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Arthur Anderson ...
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Arthur Bradley ...
George, Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ...
Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ...
Rosalie, diner waitress
Bud Hoey ...
Ed, diner cook
Robert R. Cannon ...
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Raymond Michel ...
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Jeff Becker ...
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A young Soldier is killed in the line of duty in Vietnam. That same night, the soldier returns home, brought back by his Mother's wishes that he "Don't Die"! Upon his Return, Andy sits in his room, refusing to see his friends or family, venturing out only at night. The Vampiric horror is secondary to the terror that comes from the disintegration of a typical American family. Written by R. L. Strong <rs080455@pacbell.net>

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There was a mishap with the fiery car climax. While Richard Backus and a stunt driver were speeding through the streets the fire set at the rear of the car got out of control and was sucked into the back seat of the speeding car. Fortunately there was a Plexiglas shield dividing the backseat from the front of the car where the performers were. It startled Backus, who had to stick his head out the window to keep from inhaling smoke. Much to the actor's dismay, director Bob Clark wanted the scene re-shot with less fire. See more »

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superior horror/shock film from talented cult director Bob Clark
15 April 2005 | by (kansas City) – See all my reviews

Excellent spooky variation on "Monkey's Paw" really plays on deep emotions in a crude (but effective) manner.

Low-budget, but fast-moving and scary. This is one of my favorites.

A distraught mother "wishes" her deceased Vietnam soldier-boy son home only to discover he isn't quite who he was when he left.

Many different horror archetypes (zombies, vampirism, cannibalism) are touched on without being confirmed, which makes the film that much more effective.

The film is also a sharp and dark commentary on the state of the returning GI. Andy sits for hours in his dazed "zombie-like" state and stares at the walls. He becomes violent and acts irrational. Many symptoms of post-traumatic shock syndrome.

Written by Alan Ormsby, who also collaborated with Clark on "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" and would later go on to pen Paul Schrader's remake of "Cat People".

If you're looking for another solid Bob Clark spook-fest, check out "Black Christmas" (which bears an eerie similarity to the original "Halloween", though it predates it by several years!!) before "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things".

Many have commented on the *shocker* ending. If you are expecting something along the lines of the original "Carrie" - something to make you jump out of your seat - you will be disappointed.

The ending is more dour and stunning. I didn't see it coming, but it made perfect sense in line with everything that had happened. It's the kind of ending that a film would never have now. It's simply too honest. One of the better horror endings I've seen, actually.


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