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Dead of Night

Großbritannien, 1945
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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An architect, visting a country farmhouse to look for work, senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he is encouraged to stay and listen to all the assembled guests’ own bizarre tales.

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More cohesive than O. Henry’s Full House and united by a powerful framing story (directed by Victim’s Dearden), Dead of Night is uncommonly potent for its juxtaposition of British reserve with hair-raising scenarios, its perception of elemental terror in banal objects (mirrors, dolls), and, above all, its uniformly artful filmmaking, marked by high-contrast lighting and gothic set design.
April 10, 2017
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The first four episodes of Dead of Night are nothing special; the fifth, directed by the Brazilian-born filmmaker Alberto Cavalcanti, is one of the most memorably spooky short films of all time, and transforms the movie attached to it into a classic. Playing a quiet man who literally gets drowned out by his demons, Redgrave belongs in the pantheon of split-personality performances alongside Anthony Perkins in Psycho.
February 15, 2017
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The dummy sequence is rightly the film’s most notorious and well-regarded, though many of the other segments, if less discussed today, are scary in their own right… While flashes of Dead of Night do stand out more than others, it’s the multiplicity of these moments, and the entirety’s tone, that make it so unforgettable a masterpiece of horror.
October 25, 2013
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