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Dead of Night Reviews

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August 14, 2016
Low budget horror with cult value. It's pretty much a story dealing with loss and this is expressed mostly through the father figure as the film progresses. The zombie storyline is an interesting way to express this.
January 19, 2014
An enjoyable late-70s horror anthology, Dead of Night doesn't really hit its stride until the final tale, which is awesome. However, the whole film remains an enjoyable bit of 70s horror based on stories by horror legend Richard Matheson.
½ March 9, 2013
This is a three story Made-For-TV anthology written by Richard Matheson and directed by Dan Curtis of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" fame. You'd think with those industry credentials at it's disposal, "Dead of Night" would be a sure fire winner. But you'd be wrong.

The three stories are pedestrian at best and more of the blame can be placed on Curtis than Matheson. It feels like the stories are good but the acting and direction are lacking. All of the stories are also cursed with that TV movie cheapness and have that late-70's softness to the camera work. It's a soft, filtered look. Kind of like what they use to try and make Barbara Walters not look as old as the hills when she's on camera these days.

Anyway, none of the stories are scary in the least. The first is a melancholy time travel story. The second leads us to believe there's a vampire on the loose and the finale is a tale of resurrection by satanic ritual. It's fair to say the final shot of the movie shocks you and is unexpected but it's not frightening. It's a jump scare more than anything.

Overall, this isn't worth watching unless you have a hankering for cheap 1970's Horror.
October 11, 2012
I didn't even get through the first story, before losing interest.
April 11, 2012
Despite Richard Matheson doing writing duties on all three stories, only the third is worthy of note.
Super Reviewer
March 16, 2011
Three excellent, thoughtful and creepy vignettes. A real gem!
December 12, 2010
The first two stories are pretty weak, but the finale is worth the wait.
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