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Dead of Night (1974)

PG | | Horror | 29 August 1974 (USA)
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' / Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe ...
Doc Allman
Anya Ormsby ...
Cathy Brooks
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Joanne
Michael Mazes ...
Bob
Arthur Anderson ...
Postman
Arthur Bradley ...
Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ...
Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ...
Rosalie
Bud Hoey ...
Ed
Robert R. Cannon ...
Drunk (as Robert Cannon)
Raymond Michel ...
Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker ...
Young Boy
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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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$235,000 (estimated)
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Camptown Races
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World Premier Held in Tampa
22 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended the world premier of "Dead of Night" which was held in 1974 at the Britton Theatre in Tampa. John Marley was in attendance and spoke for several minutes preceeding the showing about the making of the film and how happy he was with how it turned out. After the showing he stood at the rear of the auditorium as the audience filed past. Several people stopped to complement him saying they had really enjoyed the film and it was really scary. But the best compliment he received came from two teenage girls who proclaimed much to his delight that it was "scarier than The Excorcist!"

The film was shot in and around the small community of Brooksville just north of Tampa. The drive-in theatre that was utilized for several scenes was the U.S. 41 Drive-In in Brooksville which is now long gone. John Marley was a great character actor. You'll probably remember him as the studio head who awakens to find the bloodied head of his prized horse in bed with him in "The Godfather." He also played Ali McGraw's father in "Love Story" in addition to many other film roles.

"Dead of Night" is one heck of a sleeper that slowly creeps up on you, and its small town look and feel make it all the more frightening. Despite the limited budget Bob Clark has managed to create a quiet little film that builds mounting dread. I've looked for many years for a copy but figured it had slipped into obscurity forever. I just found out its finally on DVD. I highly recommended this one!


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