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Dead of Night (1977)

This anthology tells three stories: one of time travel, one of vampires, and one of a mother wishing her drowned son back to life.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

Richard Matheson, Jack Finney (story "Second Chance") | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Ed Begley Jr. ... Frank (segment "Second Chance")
E.J. André ... Mr. McCauley (segment "Second Chance") (as E.J. Andre)
Ann Doran ... Mrs. McCauley (segment "Second Chance")
Christina Hart ... Helen (segment "Second Chance") (as Christine Hart)
Orin Cannon Orin Cannon ... Old Farmer (segment "Second Chance")
Jean Le Bouvier Jean Le Bouvier ... Mrs. Cantrell (segment "Second Chance") (as Jean LeVouvier)
Dick McGarvin Dick McGarvin ... Mr. Dorset (segment "Second Chance")
Karen Hurley Karen Hurley ... Mrs. Dorset (segment "Second Chance")
Patrick Macnee ... Dr. Gheria (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire") (as Patrick MacNee)
Anjanette Comer ... Alexis (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire")
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Karel (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire") (as Elisha Cook)
Horst Buchholz ... Michael (segment "No Such Thing as a Vampire")
Joan Hackett ... Mother (segment "Bobby")
Lee Montgomery ... Bobby (segment "Bobby") (as Lee H. Montgomery)
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John Dehner ... Narrator
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This anthology tells three stories: one of time travel, one of vampires, and one of a mother wishing her drowned son back to life.

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Three tales of mystery, imagination and suspense.


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The final part of Dead of Night 'Bobby' is a version of W.W Jacobs story 'The Monkeys Paw'. A previous version was made in 1974 - also under the title 'Dead of Night' . This was directed by Bob Clark. See more »

Goofs

Despite the fact that "No Such Thing as a Vampire" is set in the late Victorian era, quite modern electric light switches can be seen in the interior of the house. While electric lighting does date back to the 1880s, the switches in use at that time looked nothing like the switches seen in this house; toggle light switches (as seen in the film) had not been invented yet. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: Ha ha, Mommy! You gotta find me!
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Connections

Remade as Trilogy of Terror II (1996) See more »

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An enjoyable 70s horror/fantasy trilogy
21 August 2010 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

If you enjoy Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, this fine made-for-TV anthology will be right up your alley. It consists of three stories that each hit a different spot on the TZ spectrum, all with screenplays by horror/fantasy veteran Richard Matheson.

1. Second Chance. Ed Begley, Jr. plays a student who rebuilds an old car, which takes him back in time with unexpected results. This is one of those gentle, "what if" episodes that TZ did so well. Don't expect any scares. The original story is by Jack Finney, who wrote two memorable novels on the subject of time travel, and also the classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

2. No Such Thing as a Vampire features a post-Steed Patrick Macnee as a doctor whose wife is suffering from the symptoms of vampire attacks. This has some scary moments and a very clever ending that would have felt at home on TZ or Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

3. Bobby is the story of a woman who can't cope with the loss of her young son, so she does everything in her power - including occult power - to bring him back. As anyone knows, you always get more than you bargain for when you make deals with the devil! This segment has a stalking terror element that may remind you of Matheson's "devil doll" segment in the earlier "Trilogy of Terror."

Of course, there are goofs, and 70s production values (day-for-night photography, etc.). Also awful 70s shag carpets and very obvious stunt doubles. But it's still loads of fun to watch and holds up well. The DVD has loads of extras, including 36 music cues by Dark Shadows composer Robert Cobert, deleted scenes, and a complete, 50-minute pilot called "Dead of Night" that Dan Curtis pitched to ABC back in 1969. You can also Dan Curtis doing a pretty decent Rod Serling impression in his guide track for the opening narrator.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Døden om natten See more »

Company Credits

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Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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