One of My Favorite Horror Films of All Time, I was thrilled to see Dead of Night playing as part of FilmLinc’s Scary Movies series. I first saw this 1945 British horror anthology about 5 years ago and have been recommending it to people ever since. A group of people gathered together recount their brushes with the supernatural after one man believes he has dreamed this exact circumstance before. It’s a great setup for the film to unspool several spooky stories, some funnier, some creepier, almost all of them great.
Anthologies are usually a mixed bag as some stories are bound to be more successful than others, but Dead of Night’s tales are pretty much all winners. (The golfing segment is the weakest link but also the most humorous of the bunch.) The best story features a ventriloquist and his dummy (or is it the other way around?), but the highlight of the film is the climax, which weaves the stories together in an inventive and ingenious way. Definitely worth adding to your Queue for next Halloween, you’ll be surprised at how creepy the film is for being 65 years old.