Dead of Night is a delightfully creepy horror anthology from 1945, which puts modern dross like V/H/S to shame. Filmed at Ealing Studios, which is best known for comedies like The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets, this is definitely not a comedy.
Walter Craig, played by Mervyn Johns, is an architect who visits a country cottage for the weekend in the hope of winning a contract. Upon arrival he finds the other guests gathered in the living room and they each take a turn telling tales of nightmares, deja vu and spooky experiences.
Walter’s story provides the wraparound for the anthology which includes a young girl’s festive ghost sighting; a dream of a racing driver’s post-accident recuperation; a tale of a haunted antique mirror (scarier than it sounds); a weaker-than-the-others story of a pair of golfers vying for the affections of the same woman; and finally, saving the best for last, Michael Redgrave as a ventriloquist and his evil dummy.
This is old school horror that relies on atmosphere, acting and stories rather than blood and guts, and as such is a lot more intelligent and satisfying than a lot of the guff horror fans are treated to today.
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