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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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Dan Curtis

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Richard Matheson, Jack Finney (story "Second Chance") | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Døden om natten See more »

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Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The incidental music at the beginning of the film is borrowed from a failed pilot of the same name that Dan Curtis produced in 1969. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: Ha ha, Mommy! You gotta find me!
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Remade as Trilogy of Terror II (1996) See more »

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A Shame This Film is Still Not Viewed by Many
23 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dead of Night (1977)

*** (out of 4)

Wrongfully forgotten made-for-TV film from director Dan Curtis and writer Richard Matheson. In "Second Chance" a man (Ed Begley Jr.) buys a broken down 1926 car so that he can restore it. After doing so he takes it for a spin and ends up back in 1926. "No Such Thing As a Vampire" has a doctor (Patrick Macnee) dealing with his wife who believes she has been bitten by a vampire. Finally, in "Bobby" a mother (Joan Hackett) is coming to terms with the death of her child when her wish is granted that he returns to her. DEAD OF NIGHT isn't all that well known today, which is a real shame because I thought it was much better than the director's better know and more respected TRILOGY OF TERROR. I thought all three stories here were pretty strong, which should come as no shock considering the work Matheson has done previous. The first film would make a perfect episode of The Twilight Zone and I admit that it really caught me by surprise. I thought the direction and performances were top-notch and the little twist towards the end was quite clever. The second film is the weakest of the three but it contains some wonderful atmosphere and also comes with a great twist. As with TRILOGY OF TERROR, the final story is the one that goes for scares and it's a creepy little tale that ends with a brilliant sequence that I won't spoil here. The film also manages to have some nice supporting performances from vets like Ann Doran and Elisha Cook. The music score is also quite effective and the cinematography is much better than you'd normally see in a film like this. I'm really not sure why this film hasn't remained more popular over the years but it's certainly in need of a bigger cult following.


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