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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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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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Drama | Horror

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30 August 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deathdream  »

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$235,000 (estimated)
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The films Italian title is "La Morte dietro la porta", meaning The Death Behind The Door. See more »

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Incredibly creepy chiller
29 September 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on Chiller Theater sometime in the late 70's, and

it stuck with me for a long while. I never knew the title, however,

until I re-discovered it a few years ago. My memories of seeing it as a young kid mostly focused on the

weirdness of the film itself. Richard Backus does an amazingly

creepy performance as "Andy," a soldier in Vietnam who returns

home after being supposedly killed in action. His mom, overjoyed

to see him, refuses to believe anything is wrong, while his sister

and father begin to suspect all is not quite right given his behavior,

pale, vampiric appearance and the many strange incidents which

begin to occur around him. Mom continues to stay in denial until

the very end. The scene with the double date in the drive-in particularly stuck

with me after all those years. Honestly scared the bejezus out of

me as a kid! But re-watching as an adult, I saw the movie more for what it was

meant to be, a social commentary about the Vietnam war. It still

holds up very well today. I am glad to know it has been re-released on DVD with additions,

though I haven't seen this yet. For years it was difficult to even find

a video copy. Plus it was released under several different names. I

think I originally saw it as "The Night Andy Came Home." Definitely recommended.


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