[Cinémathèque PT - 35mm] This was not shot on film, it was shot on 'good for yous'. For an omnibus film is astonishingly well-made and does not feel like collection of 'short-films'. Quite scary the ventriloquist act - miss seeing Michael Redgrave on the big screen and that golfing duo was hysterical (same duo that starred earlier on 'The Lady Vanishes"). It's very british and very eerie.
An occasionally cliched compendium of variable quality but it looks a treat with some lovely contrasty photography (notably in the Christmas and Ventriloquist sequences) and moves at a fair lick, appearing to believe in its own nonsense which is half the trick with these things. Compared to the later, thinner Amicus and Tigon anthology efforts it's a model of crisp restraint (and the better for it).
A British classic of the horror genre. I must admit that I'm quite impervious to British ghost stories, anthology style horror films and ketchup in spaghettis altogether. So, according to me, the best moment of DEAD OF NIGHT is the confrontation between the two golfers, Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne, actors that some of you already appreciated in Alfred Hitchcock's THE LADY VANISHES. Recommended.
Una antología de historias fantásticas y sobrenaturales. Como suele suceder en en estos casos, unas se destacan sobre otras. Mis favoritas: la historia del ventrílocuo (verdaderamente perturbadora) y el espejo encantado. Igualmente la secuencia final, donde vemos a Walter Craig sumergido en una pesadilla que se pasea por casi todas las historias es potente, así como su final cíclico.
Potential masterpiece damn near ruined by the humorous story of the two golfers. I hated that segment, because it disrupts the building sense of dread. I wish it wasn't in the movie. The ventriloquist dummy story everybody talks about was somewhat of a letdown. I actually thought the mirror story was the best of the lot and quite eerie.
"I wish it were as easy as that. But trying to remember a dream is like, how shall I put it, being out at night in a thunder-storm. There's a flash of lightning and, for one brief moment, everything stands out: vivid and startling."