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Dead of Night (1974)

PG  |   |  Horror  |  29 August 1974 (USA)
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A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Joanne
Michael Mazes ...
Bob
Arthur Anderson ...
Postman
Arthur Bradley ...
George, Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ...
Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ...
Rosalie, diner waitress
Bud Hoey ...
Ed, diner cook
Robert R. Cannon ...
Drunk in diner
Raymond Michel ...
Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker ...
Young Boy
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Storyline

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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The dead of night changed the lives of many... and ended the lives of some. See more »

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29 August 1974 (USA)  »

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$235,000 (estimated)
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This film and its themes can in many ways be seen as an early reflection of the popular awareness of the effect of combat trauma on soldiers that the Vietnam War helped bring to light. Much of Andy's disposition and symptoms, e.g. sudden violent behaviour due to the re-living of traumatic experiences, would later be associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, defined by the American Psychiatric Association in the Third Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1980). See more »

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Don't you hate it when your kid goes off to war and comes back a blood=sucking zombie?!
19 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very good film for what it is. If you don't expect Shakespeare or a film from the Criterion Collection, then you may also find that it's an amiable little film.

A family is at home when they receive a visit from a friend in the military. The man came by to personally inform them that their son was killed in Vietnam. However, the mother insists that a mistake has been made and she spends the night praying for her son's return--and she get's her wish. But, like the Garth Brooks son "Unanswered Prayers", the family ultimately realizes that sometimes it's best when you DON'T get what you want. Why? Because the young man is undead and has a frightful habit of killing people and taking their blood! And, he even kills the family's poor doggy just because that's the sort of thing zombie-vampires do! As I said, this is not a fancy schmancy film but a horror film. Campy, silly but fun. The film won't change your life, but you also won't be disappointed if you are looking for a good chill! Well worth seeing.

By the way, you may recognize the father but aren't sure where you saw him. That's John Marley--the guy who was the recipient of a horse's head in "The Godfather".


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