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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
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'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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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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29 August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deathdream  »

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$235,000 (estimated)
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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The sign over the cemetery gate is misspelled as "Brooksville Cemetary." See more »

Quotes

'Andy': I died for you, Doc. Why shouldn't you return the favor?
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Camptown Races
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By Stephen Foster
Whistled by Arthur Anderson
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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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