Classic horror tales,
This review is from: Dead Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
Dead of Night is a classic British horror film from the late 40's, it's fun watching old horror films (good ones at least!) that don't have the crutch of special effects and shock to rely on to get their chills. This is a good example of such a film, the format is familiar, mainly because it has been copied so many times since, but it is still effective.
The film tells the story of a man invited to a country home to do some work, when he arrives he realises that the house and the people he meets there have all featured in a recurring dream. They talk and each reveals their own tale of the supernatural, most are creepy, although one has a more whimsical tone.
Effectively this is four short films rolled into a longer format, each of the stories are interesting in their own right, for the most part they are based on more traditional tales, but they are told in a strong way and all achieved through solid performances from the cast. Ok, it might be a little theatrical for modern tastes, but I enjoyed it and it shows what can be done with the right performance and an interesting story.
Of the short stories, the last one with the ventriloquist's dummy was my favourite, it's a fine blend of crazy and spooky. It's an old film and it shows (it's black and white for starters :-) ), but that shouldn't matter as this is still a fine horror film.