Dead of Night (1972)
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A Woman Sobbing 

Jane is an discontented middle-class wife and mother. One night in her bedroom she hears a woman crying, though her husband hears nothing. Is it a symptom of her depression or is her home ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Ciappessoni

Writer:

John Bowen
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Episode credited cast:
Tommy Boyle Tommy Boyle ... Fitter
Nicky Cox Nicky Cox ... Robin
Jan Edwards Jan Edwards ... Woman in church hall
Elaine Elder Elaine Elder ... Dutch au-pair
Denis Gilmore Denis Gilmore ... Fitter's mate
John Graham John Graham ... Philip
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ... Frank Pullar
Julian Holloway ... Sandy
Margaret John ... Fay
John Lee ... Priest
Anna Massey ... Jane Pullar
Craig McFarlane Craig McFarlane ... James
Donna Reading Donna Reading ... Secretary
Yokki Rhodes Yokki Rhodes ... Inge
David Whitworth David Whitworth ... Man in church hall
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Jane is an discontented middle-class wife and mother. One night in her bedroom she hears a woman crying, though her husband hears nothing. Is it a symptom of her depression or is her home haunted? In her attempts to discover the truth she becomes increasingly paranoid Written by Gazhack

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Horror

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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17 December 1972 (UK) See more »

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So many missed opportunities.
14 August 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Of the three surviving episodes of Dead of Night, I must admit this is my least favourite of the trio. This is supposed to be a horror anthology series, and whilst Exorcism does its job brilliantly, and Return Flight does to some degree, this one lacks any possible scares. The scenario is a good one, a woman tormented by a woman crying and taunting her in the attic, sadly the subtlety is overplayed and we get zero threat. The wonderful Anna Massey does such a great job as the troubled housewife, she fights against the tedious script, injecting life into something that could have easily been devoid of any charm.

It's definitely odd, an attempt was made to give it a bit of a horror vibe, with Jane calling in a priest, and then attempting the exorcism herself. Even the fact that they had a young Dutch au pair Girl living in the House failed to add any significant dynamic.

So many wasted opportunities, but still worth watching for Anna Massey's performance. 6/10


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