An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the ... See full summary »
Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales.Written by
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Hugo Fitch, the ventriloquist's doll, was supplied by real-life British ventriloquist Arthur Brough (father of Peter Brough, of Archie Andrews fame), who also provided the dummy's voice. See more »
During the dummy sequence, when sitting and talking with Mr. Kee, the dummy's hand changes position from table to knee. See more »
Ah! Walter Craig?
How do you do? You're Eliot Foley.
That's right. So glad you were able to come, let's have your bag.
[takes Craig's bag]
We'll put the car away afterwards. You know it struck me after I'd telephoned you, rather a cheek on my part asking a busy architect like yourself to come down and spend the weekend with a set of complete strangers.
Not a bit.
You see we're pretty cramped for space here, we need at least two more bedrooms.
And with only one living room.
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The UK release is 105 minutes long and features five episodes. When originally released in the USA, two of the episodes were removed to shorten the film to 77-minutes. Later reissues and television version reinstated the missing segments. See more »
"They just don't make them like they used to", is one of those clichéd sayings spouted by older folk and ignorantly dismissed by the young. However, "Dead of Night" is a shining example of where these words may be applied without fear of being misplaced.
From my youth, I remember several episodic horror films, made up from short stories and cleverly linked together but this was by far the best. Although I can't remember the age at which I first saw it I can definitely remember being really quite terrified at times. There's no grotesque blood spilling, or horrific undead monsters, CGI special effects or anything that todays horror filmmakers seem to have on their "must include" list. In fact, it's the charm of the film that gives the horror aspect such a contrast to work against.
Think of it as the spookiest episodes of The Twilight Zone merged into one terrific movie and you won't be far off.
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