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Nothing But the Night -- In this horror thriller, a strange cult tries to achieve immortality by taking over the bodies of children in an orphange.


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Brian Hayles (screenplay)
John Blackburn (novel)
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Release Date:
June 1975 (USA) See more »
This nightmare has already killed five people - now it's yours to live!
Already three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last months, looking like suicides... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Christopher Lee ... Colonel Charles Bingham

Peter Cushing ... Sir Mark Ashley

Diana Dors ... Anna Harb
Georgia Brown ... Joan Foster
Keith Barron ... Dr. Haynes
Gwyneth Strong ... Mary Valley

Fulton Mackay ... Cameron
John Robinson ... Lord Fawnlee
Morris Perry ... Dr. Yeats

Michael Gambon ... Inspector Grant
Shelagh Fraser ... Mrs. Alison
Duncan Lamont ... Dr. Knight

Kathleen Byron ... Dr. Rose
Geoffrey Frederick ... Computer Operator
Louise Nelson ... Nurse
Robin Wentworth ... Head Porter
Michael Segal ... First Reporter
John Kelland ... Second Reporter
Michael Wynne ... Donald
Kenneth Watson ... Jamie (as Ken Watson)
Andrew McCulloch ... Malcolm
Paul Humpoletz ... Angus
Stuart Saunders ... Police Sergeant
Stanley Lebor ... Policeman
Michael Brennan ... Deck Hand
Beatrice Kane ... Helen Van Traylen
Janet Bruce ... Naureen Stokes
Geoffrey Denton ... Paul Anderson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martyn Battrick ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Sasdy 
Writing credits
Brian Hayles (screenplay)

John Blackburn (novel "Nothing But the Night")

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
Christopher Lee .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Malcolm Williamson 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Talbot  (as Ken Talbot)
Film Editing by
Keith Palmer 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. 
Art Direction by
Colin Grimes 
Makeup Department
Eddie Knight .... make-up
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Pat McDermott)
Production Management
Tom Sachs .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ariel Levy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound mixer
Don Challis .... sound editor
Danny Daniel .... sound recordist
Cyril Taylor .... sound camera
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Eddy Joseph .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical director
Other crew
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity
Liz Green .... production secretary
John T. Parker .... presenter
Stirling W. Smith .... presenter
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Renée Glynne .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Castle of the Living Dead" - Canada (English title) (new title)
"The Resurrection Syndicate" - USA (reissue title)
"Devil Night" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Spain:18 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2012) | USA:PG
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The Fox-Rank distributors tried to ballyhoo the film by offering cash prizes for letters from readers of the Sunday Mercury describing their real-life experiences with terror and the supernatural.See more »


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Uninvolving crime/drama masquerading as horror, 23 June 2014
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca

When a strange series of deaths leads to a particular orphanage, a group of doctors realize the cause of the deaths is through a cult aimed at seeking revenge on the orphanage's board of directors and try to protect the children from the same fate.

This one was a rather heavily-flawed and problematic crime/drama that masquerades as a horror film. The main issue with this one is the fact that this one wanders around for so long on plot-points that are simply not interesting due to the facts not being centered around horror. There's nearly the whole first half devoted to this seeming series of mysteries that aren't all too thrilling, being some absolutely banal police procedural sequences about the search for the girls' mother on the way to the island and how she's getting past the different stops along the way or the tepid romance between the doctor and the reporter that becomes tired to watch as the overblown manner in which they try to get them together really does take up so much time in the film that the whole first half is spent on these issues and makes for thoroughly uninteresting watching as it becomes quite challenging getting through this part of the film. By starting so troubling with these flaws in the story, there's little for this one to get excited over as the tone is so boring and useless that there's little hope of getting back in the good graces when it becomes more of a horror film in the later stages even though some of these areas do work pretty well. There's the revelatory sequence in the woods while the party's undergoing which culminates the whole mystery in a rather chilling manner. This is helped along by the fact that the central mystery, when it gets fully fleshed-out in these later scenes, is a truly chilling and creepy premise that does make for a rather darker arc to the action than otherwise given here and really allows the action some great moments. These elements together hold the film's only real value as they give off the potentially chilling plot to string events along while the action that comes in the final half feels quite enjoyable. Otherwise, there's not a lot to like here.

Today's Rating/R: Violence, Language and children-in-jeopardy.

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