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Unfortunately neither suspenseful, nor well-developed or convincingly performed
on 18 September 2017
Unfortunately I fully agree with the other bad reviews here. First of all I have to make clear that I love vintage British television. I have the feeling that I found a true treasure in the DVDs and BluRays produced by the BFI from old BBC stuff, especially from directors like Alan Clarke or Dennis Potter who both pushed boundaries for the single drama (and made television superior to cinema for a short period). After I found that the excellent SF anthology series "Out of the Unknown" was out on DVD, I also bought "Dead of Night" in the same purchase. Unfortunately, these three episodes are not really outstanding. I understand that a series made in 1972 cannot be compared to 2017 cinematic horror. But what we get here is really subpar. I feel that all this is not very shocking and suspenseful and that everything is filmed in rather cheap looking TV sets anno 1972. Ok it was even made before the first "Exorcist". But what I really dislike is - first of all - the acting. It is stiff, theatrical and totally unconvincing. All the actors behave like they play in a small theatre piece in a local amateur stage play: loud, overarticulate and blatant. Moreover, the writing (which is the true epitome of British TV drama - see the TV plays by the two directors above) is rather embarrassing. There is suspense established, but killed in the next second, there are scenes repeating and repeating the same ad libitum. Morality is lurking behind every (not so) dark corner. And the ending is basically the same in every episode (even if it is never developed in that way). The DVD is very expensive and the booklet is fine - but I felt sorry for the lost time watching this. I think it is simply not worth watching nowadays - and there is much better genre TV stuff made by the BBC as well. I've bought and seen some 50+ DVDs and BluRays from British TV's past, and this was the least watchable. And sorry for some awkward English - I am not a native speaker.