Dead of Night

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Director:
Basil Dearden , Charles Crichton , Robert Hamer , Alberto Cavalcanti
Released:
1945
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Dead of Night (1945) is a classic portmanteau horror film directed by Charles Crichton, Alberto Cavalcanti, Robert Hamer, and Basil Dearden. When architect Walter Craig arrives at an isolated farmhouse he is about to renovate, he gradually realises that he has seen both the house and its owner - as well as all of the guests also spending the weekend there - in a recurring nightmare. When he tells them about this paranormal coincidence, the guests are inspired, one by one, to share their own experiences with the supernatural. These stories, which are enacted on screen, do not soothe the ever-more-nervous architect, however, but only serve to convince him that he has an unavoidable appointment with an especially ghastly destiny - or is this, too, all a dream?

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    • This film went into production in January of 1945 and was first shown to the public the following September. However, it is clearly set before the start of the Second World War, of which there is no mention. We are shown a document in close-up which has a 1938 date on it, and Walter Craig's car, seen at the beginning and end of the film, is a 1938 Sunbeam Talbot.

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    • The 19th-century murder referred to in the Christmas Party story is a real-life one - a reference to the sensational and horrifying case described in the best-selling book, The Suspicions Of Mr. Whicher.

    • The portmanteau horror films made in Britain by Amicus Productions in the 1960s and 1970s (e.g., Doctor Terror's House Of Horrors, Asylum and From Beyond The Grave) wre made because of the great admiration producer Milton Subotsky had for this film, which he once described as "the greatest of all horror films".

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