Dead of Night (1945)


US Title:
Dead of Night
Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer

What’s It About?
A man is invited to spend the weekend at a county estate, but when he arrives he recognizes the house and its occupants from his recurring nightmares. He discovers that the other guests have experienced similar disturbing events and they begin to share their stories.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
This film is really an anthology movie telling several short horror stories. Each character takes a turn narrating a frightening tale from their past, and some of those stories are better – and scarier – than others. My personal favorite was the tale of the cursed mirror, and I also liked the stories of the children’s Christmas party, the race car driver with deadly premonitions, and the overarching framing story of the visiting guest. On the other hand, I didn’t care for the story of the golfers or of the deranged ventriloquists’s dummy.

Final Grade: C

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