21 September 2014

Dead of Night (1945)
103 min.
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer.
With Michael Redgrave, Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Sally Ann Howes, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne, Roland Culver, Judy Kelly, Frederick Valk, Antony Baird, Ralph Michael, and Miles Malleson.
Considering its lauded status, this 1945 classic somehow fell just a little below our expectations. But make no mistake it's still a strong anthology of horror short stories.

The concept? A group of people gather at an English country house (full of mood and atmosphere); sparked by one visitor's insistence of a deja vu-type dream, each individual proceeds to tell a creepy vignette.

Hands down, our favorite has to be the tale of a murdered child and her ghost.

Solid acting and a few original twists/surprises give this one its rightful place among classic ghost chillers and surely rates as a great fireside watch.

Not to be confused with Dan Curtis' 1977 telehorror anthology of the same name.

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