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on 4 November 2015
Finally DEAD OF NIGHT, which is one of the greatest of all supernatural films, is available in a transfer that does this benchmark film justice. I hesitate to call it a horror film as only two segments out of five would qualify. The rest of the movie features stories that alternate between the fantastic and the comic with a chilling central framing device that holds it all together. This genre known as a portmanteau or anthology film had its origins in German silent cinema with the 1924 expressionistic classic WAXWORKS which is set in a modern day wax museum and tells the stories behind different figures there. Here the year is 1945 and the setting is an English country house where five people are gathered together and then a sixth shows up and relates a bizarre dream involving all of them. That's the framing story. Several of the members then relate a story of something strange that happened to them hoping to persuade one of the guests, a skeptical psychiatrist, that dreams can be prophetic and that uncanny things do happen.

The first story involves a hospital patient who sees an antique hearse with the driver saying "room for one more". Then there's a ghost story set during a Christmas party. The third sequence about a haunted mirror has been copied many times most notably in the 1974 Amicus anthology FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE. The fourth is a comic tale about two golfers featuring characters from Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES. The last, and most famous sequence, involves Michael Redgrave as a ventriloquist losing his grip on reality which was basically remade as MAGIC with Anthony Hopkins many years later. The movie concludes when it turns out to be a dream that is about to come true. For years DEAD OF NIGHT was only available in prints of varying visual quality but with an adequate soundtrack only. Now this new DVD (there's a Blu-ray also) gives us the best sounding soundtrack ever along with top-notch picture quality. The best transfer yet is the least that this classic British supernatural omnibus deserves.
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on 22 January 2016
An architect is called to renovate an old country house. Upon arriving he meets a group of people who seem strangely familiar to him. They each have a supernatural tale to tell. He has a strange feeling he has experienced all this before and he has a feeling that something awful is about to happen.... This is a horror movie that is very scary. The tale with the mad ventriloquist is my favorite. I recommend this to all horror movie fans.
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on 25 December 2015
An architect is assigned to renovate a country estate. When he arrives, he meets a group of guests. He is certain that he has seen them before, as characters of his dream/nightmare. They all have a supernatural tale to tell and it is not long until something very bad happens.... This is a very good chiller. My favorite is the story about the mad ventriloquist. Great stuff.
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on 27 July 2017
Great film but a bit overlong....
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on 30 August 2017
Absolutely one of the best films ever; brilliantly acted and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I have owned this film for years and I watch it regularly; it's a must-have as far as I'm concerned!
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on 18 August 2017
Superb, creepy old portmanteau film climaxing in the priceless tale of the dangerous ventriloquist's dummy (worth it for that sequence alone, though the haunted mirror segment is pretty unnerving).
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on 26 April 2017
Another classic from the 1940's.
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on 7 March 2010
This has to be one of my fav horror and i was so happy to see it on DVD i hav'nt seen it for years.As anybody who has'nt seen it before i would have wanted to know the zest of the story.It has to be one of the best films to come out of ealing studios and still scares me today that pretty good for a film that so old.I love this film because it has 5 story all about each charter in the film and this was way before amicus that are classics too.Hope other people have as much enjoyment out of this film as i did.
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on 2 September 2017
very pleased with piurchase thanks
Mike
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on 30 January 2017
excellent film
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