Every day for the month of October I am watching and reviewing a horror movie that I haven’t seen before. Here’s today’s:
DEAD OF NIGHT
Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton,
Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer, United Kingdom, 1945
A very early post-war British horror anthology of six (counting the wrap-around) supernatural horror stories. While I’m sure the stories were original at the time, to a modern audience there’s very much a feeling of “been-there-done-that.” The acting and directing are extremely well done but that doesn’t make up for the fact that the viewer can predict how each story will end minutes after it has started.
At its best moments this feels like a bunch of TWILIGHT ZONE episodes that you haven’t seen. At its worst it is a historical curiosity and it’s not much of a surprise that it has largely been forgotten.