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Dead of Night (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  29 March 1977 (USA)
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This anthology tells three stories: a man buys a car that takes him back and forth through time; a tale of vampires; and a distraught mother asks for her drowned son to come back to life ... See full summary »

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Frank (segment "Second Chance")
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Mr. McCauley (segment "Second Chance") (as E.J. Andre)
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Mrs. McCauley (segment "Second Chance")
Christina Hart ...
Helen (segment "Second Chance") (as Christine Hart)
Orin Cannon ...
Old Farmer (segment "Second Chance")
Jean Le Bouvier ...
Mrs. Cantrell (segment "Second Chance") (as Jean LeVouvier)
Dick McGarvin ...
Mr. Dorset (segment "Second Chance")
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Mrs. Dorset (segment "Second Chance")
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Dr. Gheria (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire") (as Patrick MacNee)
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Alexis (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire")
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Karel (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire") (as Elisha Cook)
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Michael (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire")
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Mother (segment "Bobby")
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Bobby (segment "Bobby") (as Lee H. Montgomery)
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This anthology tells three stories: a man buys a car that takes him back and forth through time; a tale of vampires; and a distraught mother asks for her drowned son to come back to life and gets more than she bargained for. Written by Anonymous

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Bobby: Ha ha, Mommy! You gotta find me!
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Uneven but still recommended 70's made-for-TV horror anthology
14 October 2009 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I really like these 70's made-for-TV horror movies, perhaps because I saw a lot of them as an impressionable young kid. I never saw this one, but it was directed by Dan Curtis the master of small-screen suspense, who was behind both "Dark Shadows" and "Kolchack, the Night Stalker" and who directed several superior TV movies like "The Norliss Tapes" and "Trilogy of Terror" as well as the very scary theatrical film "Burnt Offerings". This is actually a failed pilot that is not quite at the level of the previously mentioned films--but then very few TV movies are. Like "Trilogy of Terror" this is an anthology of three tales, and as with "Trilogy" the quality of the three tales is rather uneven. Curtis' direction is pretty serviceable, and famed horror writer Richard Matheson's stories are all above par, but the length and some of the acting is a problem.

The first story about an old car that transports its new owner back to a time when it's original owner was killed trying to beat a train is obviously intended to be more of a supernatural mystery tale than a horror. Still, it is overly long and hampered by a bland central performance from 70's douchebag, I mean actor, Ed Begley Jr. It does feature the very sexy Christina Hart in a regrettably small part (you can see a lot more of her--in every sense of the word--in 70's sex films like "The Games Girls Play"). The second story "There's No Such Thing as Vampires" is a period piece about a jealous brother who uses the local superstitions about vampires to get rid of his sister's paramour in a pretty imaginative way. This tale features performances by the late, great Elish Cook Jr. and the stunningly voluptuous Anjanette Comer (who they REALLY manage to waste by dressing her in Victorian garments and having her bedridden for most of the segment). While the first story is too long, this one unfortunately is actually a little too short.

As everyone seems to agree, the last story "Bobby" is the best. It has elements of "The Monkey's Paw" where a distraught mother (Joan Hackett) wishes her drowned son (Lee Montgomery) back from the dead. It also has elements of "Prey" the final Matheson-scripted tale in "Trilogy of Terror" with "Bobby" taking the place of the African fetish doll. Imagine the ending of "Pet Sematary" some years later, but with GOOD acting and you'll some idea of the effectiveness of this tale. The three tales are definitely uneven, but I would still recommend the whole thing, especially if you like 70's TV movies.


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