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Nothing But the Night (1973)

PG | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | June 1975 (USA)
Three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last few months in deaths looking like suicides. However, after a mysterious bus accident involving the last three trustees and ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Sasdy

Writers:

Brian Hayles (screenplay), John Blackburn (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lee ... Colonel 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 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 Geoffrey Frederick ... Computer Operator
Louise Nelson Louise Nelson ... Nurse
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Three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last few months in deaths looking like suicides. However, after a mysterious bus accident involving the last three trustees and thirty orphan kids, Police Colonel Bingham starts investigating. The first question is why the bus driver, killed in the accident, is burnt when there was no fire during the accident. Dr. Ashley uses hypnosis to find the truth about the mysterious happenings. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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This nightmare has already killed five people - now it's yours to live!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Resurrection Syndicate See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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John Blackburn, who wrote the novel on which this movie was based, was displeased with casting of Diana Dors, feeling she was miscast. See more »

Goofs

Despite the boat exploding sometime in the morning, the police still manage to get all the pieces of wreckage and the bodies recovered from the sea, sorted, and laid out in the boathouse well before sunset the same day. See more »

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NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (Peter Sasdy, 1972) **1/2
18 October 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

It's always a thrill to catch up with something that I missed out on when it was shown on local TV in the early 1980s; the fact that this immediately takes me back to my childhood days when home video was still science-fiction in my neck of the woods and I was (almost completely) at the mercy of TV programmers for my practical film education is kind of sweetly ironic given the picture's own 'reincarnation' theme! Even if it's available on DVD in Japan (of all places), I came across it via a full-frame TV screening with forced French subtitles.

It was the sole film made by Christopher Lee's own company, Charlemagne Productions: in an interview done at the time of the film's release (which I just dug up in a magazine of my father's), he takes pains to stress how he abhors screen violence and how, despite the presence of himself and frequent partner Peter Cushing, his new film is "not one of those macabre movies...but an action-adventure thriller with tension, suspense, a lot of exciting outdoor action, and some moments of high terror...a very good evening's escapist entertainment" (needless to say, the film's lurid re-issue titles – THE DEVIL'S UNDEAD and THE RESURRECTION SYNDICATE – made no such qualms!). Incidentally, it is also stated that Lee intended to adapt two other works by John Blackburn (writer of the film's source novel) for the screen – but these, of course, never came to pass. Still, given its eventual climactic similarities to the later and superior THE WICKER MAN (1973), this film is as much a horror piece as that one would prove to be. The initial disjointed outburst of inexplicable murders almost makes one expect a conspiracy like the one that would later figure in THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978); that the eventual revelation, then, is closer to THE DAMNED (1963)-meets-THE BROTHERHOOD OF Satan (1971) makes it worth waiting for nonetheless, with a powerful climactic sequence that is clearly the film's highlight and makes one bemoan the fact that it comes too late to really make this show a winner (and which perhaps explains its relative invisibility nowadays).

Actually, Cushing and Lee (playing all-too-typical parts, albeit with their customary professionalism) are not the main characters – which are instead unremarkably filled by Keith Barron and Georgia Brown as overzealous doctor and journalist respectively looking into the mysterious mumblings of a 'special' girl that hails from the remote, exclusive Scottish island/school of Bala. Diana Dors, as the girl's tarty, jailbird of a mother, spends most of her time screaming, pushing people around or crawling on her belly to escape the clutches of the pursuing police force (who have been set on her by the seemingly all-powerful school institution) and who have tracked her down to Bala. Fulton Mackay as a bumbling but high-profile Police Official and Kathleen Byron as an enigmatic scientist engaged at the school also have noteworthy roles; for the record, this turned out to be the last film of John Robinson (the star of the original TV series of "Quatermass II" [1955], here appearing as an aristocratic protector of the school) as well as Michael Gambon's first, playing a young Police Inspector.


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