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Nothing But The Night [DVD] [1973]

Christopher Lee , Peter Cushing , Peter Sadsy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Diana Dors
  • Directors: Peter Sadsy
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,151 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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1973 British Horror film, in which three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last few months, their deaths resembling suicides. But, after a mysterious bus accident involving the final three trustees and 30 orphan children, police colonel Bingham (Christopher Lee) starts investigating and notices discrepancies that make him question whether it was an accident. One of the orphans is treated by a psychiatrist, and when that doctor ends up murdered, it becomes obvious that something sinister is going on, and not just coincidental deaths. The dead psychiatrist's supervisor, Sir Ashley (Peter Cushing), agrees to help the police with the hopes of finding the truth behind the mysterious happenings.

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Barron island... 18 April 2012
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In 1972, Christopher Lee, increasingly frustrated with the glut of one-dimensional horror roles he was routinely offered, set about creating his own production company with the assistance of Hammer veteran Anthony Nelson Keys. Given the title Charlemagne Productions after Lee's famous ancestor, this new firm was supposed to provide him with some worthy starring vehicles, but due to the quicksand-like state of the British film industry in the 1970s, it was eventually responsible for just one movie, an adaptation of a little-known novel by John Blackburn entitled Nothing But the Night.
The plot sees Lee's bullish Colonel Bingham, a big cheese in MI5, or Scotland Yard's Special Branch, or something, investigating a series of inexplicable deaths linked to an offshore Scottish orphanage with the help of his friend, eminent pathologist Sir Mark Ashley (Peter Cushing). After a weird incident on a coach filled with the orphanage's children leaves the driver dead and one young girl (Gwyneth Strong, later Cassandra in Only Fools and Horses) with what appears to be amnesia, things begin to take a more sinister turn...
Admittedly, it appears that this modest horror-thriller had production difficulties from the very start; originally set to be helmed by Don Sharp (who worked with Lee on the likes of 1965's Rasputin, the Mad Monk), the directing duties were eventually assigned to Taste the Blood of Dracula's Peter Sasdy, but the talented Hungarian's efforts here do not match those on his well-regarded 1969 Lee / Hammer vampire sequel. The shoot, which involved much location work, was hampered by the fact that the tight budget didn't run to a second unit, whilst the filming schedule was beset with bad weather.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wickerish Horror 5 Mar 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this dvd having seen the film once years ago on TV. Yes it's a low budget 70s movie which you're only going to watch if you're a fan of Cushing and/or Lee, but compared to some of their other non-Hammer efforts it isn't bad.

The Scottish setting and centrality of children to the plot are reminiscent of The Wicker Man though that's film splendid ending is not matched here. The location shooting is good and adds to the atmosphere, but as so often with these movies the ideas slightly outstretch the budget and execution.

Tha cast is impressive - Michael Gambon ,Fulton Mackay,Keith Barron and Diana Dors.

All in all one for fans of 70s British horror and the two leading stars of the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat ambitious but not terribly compelling 4 July 2012
Starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, it's not surprising that 1973's Nothing But the Night was the only film made by the production company set up by Lee and veteran Hammer producer Anthony Nelson Keys to try to inject some new life into the then-as-ever failing British film industry. You can see that on one level it's a vaguely ambitious attempt to do something a bit different, but it's not a terribly compelling mystery and its horrific undertones are played down for most of the running time, with director Peter Sasdy doing a professional but rather flat job of it.

For much of the film it's a fairly ambling investigation into a fatal coach crash that may have been intended to kill the rich trustees of an orphanage on a remote Scottish island who have recently been dropping like flies but which instead ended up killing the driver and hospitalising one of their charges who turns out to be central to the would-be mysterious goings on (Gwyneth Strong, who would grow up to marry Rodney in Only Fools and Horses). Keith Barron's doctor thinks she's too psychologically disturbed to be returned, Lee's pompous and obnoxious semi-retired detective thinks she's just collateral damage, George Brown's confrontational reporter thinks her nightmares may hold the key to it all and Cushing's pathologist is largely just there to listen to everybody else's theories while suspicion is cast heavy-handedly on the girl's ex-prostitute natural mother (Diana Dors) who helpfully has already done time for murder.

Yet the threat is rather vague for much of the film even after a couple of dead bodies turn up and there's no-one to really root for thanks to cardboard characterisation and misjudged performances.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But The Best 2 July 2012
It's a shame that this didn't do too well at the box office. It's what might have been for Cushing and Lee in their best pairing (storywise) of the seventies. The film sticks fairly closely to the exciting and innovative novel by the great John Blackburn. If this film had done better box office, we might have seen a screen version of 'Bury Him Darkly' another horror/sci-fi/ancient evil cocktail and the best of Blackburn's output. Now that there is only Hollywood knocking out films, best lost forever than have them ruin that. Peter Sasdy is the Director who must be drawn to 'ancient evil' mixed with sci-fi stories, because the previous year he directed Nigel Kneale's 'The Stone Tape' and a big screen version of 'Doomwatch'. Nothing But The Night has a flavour of the Wicker Man about it, without the futility and the isolation. There's a stalwart crew of British actors backing up the two main protagonists like Keith Barron, Fulton Mackay and completing the Kneale link, ex-Quatermass, John Robinson. If you like to see Cushing and Lee both playing the good guys for a change, this is the film for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But A Bore
Great title- great cast (Lee, Cushing and Dors)- great locations- the final half of the film leaves the London hospital where most of the first half of the film is set to take us... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Simon Bugler
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but the night dvd 1973
Good picture and sound quality.I did have a copy version of this film on disc, but the picture and sound were poor. So yes full marks for this film. I did recommend it to my son.
Published 7 days ago by Paul Bradshaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
I can see why this didn't do very well on it's 1972 release, despite a great cast and some nice locations, it is just so dull. Read more
Published 1 month ago by filmboychris
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a classic
I can't really add much to what other reviews have said regarding the plot. It's an interesting film which I've wanted to revisit for a while after first seeing it on TV many years... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lazydrake
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
Nothing really happens in this film, accept the sexual chemistry between lee and cushing and its britain in the seventies and its a british horror film, so thats all you need to... Read more
Published 13 months ago by t harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing & Diana Dors!! - Need I Say More?
While Hammer Films and Amicus were successful at pulling other stars-on-their-way-up-or-down into their productions opposite Lee & Cushing, they didn't do much with Diana Dors... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joseph Brando
5.0 out of 5 stars unusual
christoper lee and pete cushing good combination.
diana dors does her serious acting role.

secret plot must not be given away,but like the wicker man is a surpise... Read more
Published 16 months ago by allan barlow
3.0 out of 5 stars Well made version of a poor story
Why was it that this film took so long to be released on DVD? It has all the ingredients of a classic, a good cast, and a Wickerish Scottish Island to boot. Read more
Published 16 months ago by rampton uk
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But The Night
This is a great movie and very well acted reminds me of the Wicker Man. Diana Dors is superb as always and Georgia Brown is well cast as the newspaper reporter. Read more
Published 17 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars An Neglected Gem!
This highly original and grimly atmospheric chiller defies classification. Far from the typical horror movie of the period it breaks new ground in both form and content appearing... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Adrian Drew
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