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Dead of Night (1974)

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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Out of the deep damp darkness ... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deathdream See more »

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Budget:

$235,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Quadrant Films,Impact Films See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movies playing at the drive-in are "Death in Space" and "The Spacenauts." See more »

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The dead doctor can be seen breathing as Andy draws his blood. See more »

Quotes

'Andy': I died for you, Doc. Why shouldn't you return the favor?
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Camptown Races
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Whistled by Arthur Anderson
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superior horror/shock film from talented cult director Bob Clark
15 April 2005 | by tristanb-1See all my reviews

Excellent spooky variation on "Monkey's Paw" really plays on deep emotions in a crude (but effective) manner.

Low-budget, but fast-moving and scary. This is one of my favorites.

A distraught mother "wishes" her deceased Vietnam soldier-boy son home only to discover he isn't quite who he was when he left.

Many different horror archetypes (zombies, vampirism, cannibalism) are touched on without being confirmed, which makes the film that much more effective.

The film is also a sharp and dark commentary on the state of the returning GI. Andy sits for hours in his dazed "zombie-like" state and stares at the walls. He becomes violent and acts irrational. Many symptoms of post-traumatic shock syndrome.

Written by Alan Ormsby, who also collaborated with Clark on "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" and would later go on to pen Paul Schrader's remake of "Cat People".

If you're looking for another solid Bob Clark spook-fest, check out "Black Christmas" (which bears an eerie similarity to the original "Halloween", though it predates it by several years!!) before "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things".

Many have commented on the *shocker* ending. If you are expecting something along the lines of the original "Carrie" - something to make you jump out of your seat - you will be disappointed.

The ending is more dour and stunning. I didn't see it coming, but it made perfect sense in line with everything that had happened. It's the kind of ending that a film would never have now. It's simply too honest. One of the better horror endings I've seen, actually.


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