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Nothing But the Night
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Brian Hayles (screenplay)
John Blackburn (novel)
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Release Date:
June 1975 (USA) See more »
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This nightmare has already killed five people - now it's yours to live!
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The Ominous Orphanage on the Isle of Grim See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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

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)
 
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"The Resurrection Syndicate" - USA (reissue title)
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90 min
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Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Spain:18 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2012) | USA:PG
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The final film of Michael Brennan.See more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Ominous Orphanage on the Isle of Grim, 4 April 2009
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Odd and unusual but nevertheless highly imaginative British supernatural horror/thriller story, once more pairing the two legendary genre veterans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, this time under the skillful direction of Peter Sasdy. "Nothing but the Night" somewhat plays in a league of its own, as you definitely can't compare it to the extremely popular contemporary Hammer productions. I even daresay this is quite a unique piece of Brit-horror, which is probably why it required the constitution of a brand new production company, named Charlemagne, that didn't last very long afterwards. "Nothing but the Night" may be overly convoluted and full of irregularities, but it's really not a bad film and it definitely doesn't deserve the embarrassingly low current IMDb rating of 3.2 out of 10! Adapted from a novel by John Blackburn, the screenplay offers up a very ambitious and compelling mixture of mystery, medical horror, creepy country sides and typically British police work. The film is incredibly fast paced (I can't fathom that some of my fellow reviewers call this movie boring) and the plot is literally a non-stop series of red herrings and vague clues, desperately attempting to avoid that any viewer would figure out the climax too fast. Let me tell you straight away: you won't guess the full denouement no matter how clairvoyant you are, as multiple story aspects and twists in "Nothing but the Night" are simply too absurd and implausible for normal human beings to even consider. Once again, though, this doesn't mean it's not fascinating and entertaining to look at. The film opens with an immediate attention-grabber, as we're right away treated to grisly images of three murders looking like suicide. Police Colonel Bingham (Christoper Lee) later explains to his friend Dr. Mark Ashley (Peter Cushing) that all victims were trustees of a prominent but highly secluded orphanage on a small Scottish island. When one of the orphanage's children is hospitalized after a mysterious bus accident, the young doctor Haynes wants to investigate the girl's bizarre nightmares, but the influential Van Traylen Fund trustees prevent this. The girl's flamboyant and aggressive birth mother also wants to reclaim her, but the orphanage lies isolated and well protected a small island only reachable by ferry boats. Some abrupt plot twists work very efficient, whereas other red herrings are blatantly obvious. For example, we're supposed to believe that Anna Harb – the girl's real mother – is a complete psychopath, but that would just be too easy. Peter Sasdy maintains a sinister atmosphere throughout and the Scottish isle and countryside filming locations are stupendous. There aren't many bloody moments, but there's a fair portion of suspense and a couple of shocking insinuations. Other people claim that both Lee and Cushing are underused in the film, which may perhaps be a little true, but their characters are terrific and I swear I've seen films where their names were more shamelessly exploited for even smaller roles (like "Scream and Scream Again", for instance). Not a masterpiece of Brit-horror, but a worthwhile movie in case you're looking for something creepy yet different.

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