Nothing But The Night 1972

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1970s British horror starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as a police officer and a psychiatrist who work together to try and get to the bottom of strange happenings on a remote Scottish island. The island is home to an orphanage that comes to the attention of police colonel Charles Bingham (Lee) when three of its trustees are found dead in a short space of time. Though initial evidence suggests that the deaths were suicides, Bingham is suspicious and enlists the help of Sir Mark Ashley (Cushing) to try and get to the bottom of the mystery.

Starring:
Morris Perry, Christopher Lee
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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Morris Perry, Christopher Lee, Duncan Lamont, Peter Cushing, Michael Gambon, Diana Dors, John Robinson, Keith Barron, Fulton MacKay, Georgia Brown, Gwyneth Strong
Director Peter Sasdy
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio STRAWBERRY MEDIA
Rental release 7 May 2012
Main languages English

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Mercy on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Butler on 19 April 2014
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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 to the remote Scottish Island where the orphanage is based- but this story could have been told in ten minutes- it is the slow and drawn out story of the trustees of an orphanage being murdered one by one- three are killed within a minute of the titles finishing- the other five are not even seen but blown up in a boat explosion- who is killing them? Who cares- I want an hour and a half of my life back!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Movie Fan on 7 May 2015
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How many people still own televisions with the old 4:3 ratio picture? Not too many I would guess. I also doubt that those who have not updated to a modern 16:9 ratio widescreen television are that concerned about what they watch on it.

So, why in 2012, when this StrawberryMedia DVD was released, did the producers see fit to provide a 4:3 picture of this widescreen film instead of its correct format?

The shame is, that within the limited view of the original picture made visible to the viewer, the quality is quite impressive, with good colour, sharpness and very little observed print damage. The audio is mono, which I believe is as the film was originally released.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Lewis on 2 July 2012
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Graeme J. Murdoch on 5 Mar. 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2012
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Not seen for far too long (Why? And why isn't this released in the U/K Region 2?), This unpretentious horror/mystery/thriller works on most levels. Perhaps the ending is a bit much to take, but otherwise it's a good watch, with the usual professional perfs from Lee and Cushing, ably abetted by Dors, Keith Barron, and the much underused Georgia Brown. Gwyneth Strong makes a good debut and impresses as "Mary" a crucial role in an unusual plot. The print is good (1.78:1 Anamorphic it says), plus good colour and sound. You get the opportunity to watch the film with a surprisingly intersteing 5' intro from Katarina Leigh Walters...(It says she is "Former WWE DVIA (sic) and CURRENT TNA KNOCKOUT so that's allright then-she can intro any film for me, and the facts are good - Some of you will know about this film already, others, like me, found her remarks useful). I recomend this film and almost gave it 5 stars, but i'ts not quite that good. Price is good tho, so take a chance and if you have never seen it I don't think you will be disapointed.
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