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Dead of Night Reviews

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
August 1, 2015
The directorial contributions of Dearden and Hamer, the art direction (Michael Relph), lighting (Stan Pavey and Douglas Slocombe) and editing (Charles Hassey) combine to make this the smoothest film yet to come from an English studio.
Ali Catterall
Total Film
October 12, 2014
There's some genuinely skin-crawling stuff tucked away: some ghastly business with a ventriloquist's dummy, and one of the creepiest invitations from a bus conductor ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Miles Fielder
The List
February 24, 2014
By turns eerie, funny, macabre and utterly chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
Ealing will for ever be associated with its celebrated comedies, but this chilling quintet deserves to be considered among the studio's finest achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 17, 2010
If you haven't seen it and you're a fan of creepy ghost stories, this one is definitely worth checking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 30, 2008
The narrative arc is bubbling over with some spooky nightmarish fervor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Variety Staff
October 7, 2008
Producer Michael Balcon turned each individual episode over to a different director and, told via flashback, they're equally good.
Jamie Russell
October 7, 2008
A dead scary horror movie that skimps on the blood but not the goose bumps,
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 26, 2007
Still the greatest multi-story ghost/horror picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
Spasmodically effective.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 26, 2007
The form was to be revived on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1960s. But Dead of Night is the best.
Peter Bradshaw
September 26, 2007
A classic of English cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Nearly 60 years on, Ealing's compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 1, 2004
Absolutely one of the spookiest films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Douglas Pratt
October 14, 2004
The anthology film's clever structure allows even the weakest of the sketches to be effective, because there is less of a need to balance the impact of each story.
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 10, 2004
First-rate British chiller
| Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Perhaps the best horror anthology film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 14, 2003
Its scares are grounded in our suspicion that not every ghost is a trick of the light and not every goosebump can be explained by a drop in temperature...
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 13, 2003
One of the creepiest movies of all time and a great way to compare different directing styles.
| Original Score: 5/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2003
Cavalcanti's contribution might be the finest single episode to appear in any horror anthology film.
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