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Dead of Night (1974)

PG | | Horror | 29 August 1974 (USA)
A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writer:

Alan Ormsby (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Marley ... Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ... 'Andy' / Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Doc Allman
Anya Ormsby ... Cathy Brooks
Jane Daly ... Joanne
Michael Mazes Michael Mazes ... Bob
Arthur Anderson Arthur Anderson ... Postman
Arthur Bradley Arthur Bradley ... Army Captain
David Gawlikowski David Gawlikowski ... Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez Virginia Cortez ... Rosalie
Bud Hoey Bud Hoey ... Ed
Robert R. Cannon Robert R. Cannon ... Drunk (as Robert Cannon)
Raymond Michel Raymond Michel ... Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker Jeff Becker ... Young Boy
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Storyline

A young Soldier is killed in the line of duty in Vietnam. That same night, the soldier returns home, brought back by his Mother's wishes that he "Don't Die"! Upon his Return, Andy sits in his room, refusing to see his friends or family, venturing out only at night. The Vampiric horror is secondary to the terror that comes from the disintegration of a typical American family. Written by R. L. Strong <rs080455@pacbell.net>

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Taglines:

The dead of night changed the lives of many... and ended the lives of some. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deathdream See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$235,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Quadrant Films,Impact Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bob Clark and his associates shot this film back-to-back with Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972). Both films were shot on location in Florida with much of the same cast and crew. Clark, Alan Ormsby, Jeff Gillen and other crew would later reunite in 1974 to make the Canadian-shot horror film, Deranged. See more »

Goofs

As the shot of Andy's mom in the chair fades into the truck which picks up Andy, you can see the shadow of the movie camera pass across the front of the truck. See more »

Quotes

'Andy': I died for you, Doc. Why shouldn't you return the favor?
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References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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Camptown Races
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Whistled by Arthur Anderson
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Incredibly creepy chiller
29 September 2004 | by elsbed-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie on Chiller Theater sometime in the late 70's, and

it stuck with me for a long while. I never knew the title, however,

until I re-discovered it a few years ago. My memories of seeing it as a young kid mostly focused on the

weirdness of the film itself. Richard Backus does an amazingly

creepy performance as "Andy," a soldier in Vietnam who returns

home after being supposedly killed in action. His mom, overjoyed

to see him, refuses to believe anything is wrong, while his sister

and father begin to suspect all is not quite right given his behavior,

pale, vampiric appearance and the many strange incidents which

begin to occur around him. Mom continues to stay in denial until

the very end. The scene with the double date in the drive-in particularly stuck

with me after all those years. Honestly scared the bejezus out of

me as a kid! But re-watching as an adult, I saw the movie more for what it was

meant to be, a social commentary about the Vietnam war. It still

holds up very well today. I am glad to know it has been re-released on DVD with additions,

though I haven't seen this yet. For years it was difficult to even find

a video copy. Plus it was released under several different names. I

think I originally saw it as "The Night Andy Came Home." Definitely recommended.


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