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29 April 1972 (Italy) See more »
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The patriarch of a wealthy family fears that he will show up one day in vampire form. Should this happen, he warns his family not to let him back in his house, no matter how much he begs them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Preview: Scary Movies At The Film Society Of Lincoln Center
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“Night Of The Devils”: Nsfw clips and video intro
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“Night Of The Devils”: Nsfw clips and video intro
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Gianni Garko ... Nicola
Agostina Belli ... Sdenka
Roberto Maldera ... Jovan (as Mark Roberts)
Cinzia De Carolis ... Irina
Teresa Gimpera ... Elena
Bill Vanders ... Gorca Ciuvelak (as William Vanders)
Umberto Raho ... Doctor Tosi
Luis Suárez ... Vlado
Sabrina Tamborra ... Mira
Rosita Torosh ... Nurse (as Rosa Toros)
Stefano Oppedisano ... Male Nurse
Maria Monti ... The witch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bartha ... Saw-Mill Owner (uncredited)
Tom Felleghy ... Police Commissioner (uncredited)
Renato Turi ... Il Detective In Pensione (uncredited)

Directed by
Giorgio Ferroni 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eduardo Manzanos Brochero 
Romano Migliorini 
Gianbattista Mussetto 
Aleksei Tolstoy  novelette Sem'ya vurdalaka

Produced by
Luigi Mariani .... producer
 
Original Music by
Giorgio Gaslini 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Berenguer 
 
Film Editing by
Gianmaria Messeri 
 
Costume Design by
Elio Micheli 
 
Production Management
Solly V. Bianco .... production manager
 
Art Department
Eugenio Liverani .... set designer
 
Special Effects by
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects (as Rambaldi)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastiano Celeste .... camera operator (as Nino Celeste)
 
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
 
Other crew
Isabel Mulá .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"La notte dei diavoli" - Italy (original title)
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91 min
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Sometimes Simple Is Better..., 11 October 2014
Author: meddlecore from Canada

An amnesiac man, haunted by memories of torture, is undergoing a rigorous psychiatric assessment after he was found wandering, dishevelled, close to the Italian border.

The medical team are trying to figure out who this man is, and what exactly happened to him. When suddenly, a mysterious woman shows up claiming the man's name is Nicola and that he works as a lumber importer. She says she hardly knows him, but when she confronts the man...he freaks out...before she seemingly disappears without a trace.

His memories start to seep back to him in a flashback, and it turns out he isn't an amnesiac at all. Rather, someone who has had an experience so traumatic, that all prior memories have become repressed, forcing him to fall into a state of madness. Though, one that just may be warranted in his particular case...

He recalls taking a short cut through the woods, and getting his car stuck on a stump, after crashing it in an attempt to avoid a woman- who just disappears after.

In an attempt to find help, he wanders through the woods, where he happens upon a family of backwoods hick-types. They agree to help him...but not until the morning. They invite him inside before proceeding to tightly bar all doors and windows...to protect themselves from what lurks outside at night.

Though trying to hide it from him, it turns out that the family is being tormented by a cursed witch, who is actually a varadluk (or vampire). This vampire had recently victimized the head of the family's brother- which meant they were forced to euthanize him with a wooden stake to the heart.

Nicola is having a hard time believing what he is being confronted with, but has- by this point- fallen deeply in love with one of the young women n the family- Sdenka.

After witnessing the disappearance and murder of more family members- while still suffering from cognitive dissonance- Nicola decides to flee for help, and asks Sdenka to join him. But she cannot leave her family behind under the circumstances, so she requests that he return for her...and to not go to the police, in the meantime.

Discovering the local townspeople are of no help- suggesting he forget about it. He returns to fetch Sdenka, only to discover it's too late. In fact, he has to fight and flee for his own life! An experience, which rendered him in his current psychological state.

Turns out that Sdenka is the mysterious woman who suddenly showed up at the hospital, requesting to see him. Hence why he went crazy in her presence...knowing she has come back for the one she loves...him.

But is he truly a victim of a supernatural reality? or is it all in his head? While relatively basically constructed, this is a rather enjoyable vampire flick. The atmosphere is quite mysterious, and I love how the writers exploit a loophole in the legend to propagate the curse. The vampires, while simple, are quite freaky...particularly the children. And there are some great traditional special effects thrown in there too. Older vampire films are so much better than the modern incarnations...simple just works better sometimes- as this film is a testament to.

6.5 out of 10

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