Dead of Night
Made in 1945 some of the dialogue now seems a bit stilted, however the simply brilliant storylines and cinematography mean Dead of Night remains as one of the finest, and most genuinely scary, horror movies ever made. Try watching it alone at night and you'll see what I mean.
Dead of Night, from the legendary Ealing Studios, is an omnibus of five ghost stories. The linking story about an architect trapped in a recurring nightmare is a masterpiece in its own right.
A group of strangers is mysteriously gathered at a country estate where each reveals a chilling tale of the supernatural. First, a racer survives a brush with death only to receive terrifying premonitions from beyond the grave. Then a teen's innocent game of hide-and-seek leads to an encounter with the macabre. Next, a young couple purchases an antique mirror that unleashes a horrific power from its past. In a lighter vein, two competitive golfers play for stakes that may haunt the winner forever. Finally, a renowned ventriloquist descends into an abyss of madness and murder when his dummy develops a mind of its own. But even after these frightening tales are told, does one final nightmare await them all?
Cast: Mervyn Johns, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall, Googie Withers, Frederick Valk, Anthony Baird, Sally Ann Howes, Robert Wyndham, Judy Kelly, Miles Malleson, Michael Allan, Barbara Leake, Ralph Michael, Esme Percy, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Peggy Bryan, Allan Jeayes, Michael Redgrave, Elisabeth Welch, Hartley Power, Magda Kun, Garry Marsh, Renee Gadd, Peter Jones.
Directed by Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Alberto Cavalcanti, and Robert Hamer.
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