Dead of Night
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Considered the greatest horror anthology film, the classic British chiller Dead of Night features five stories of supernatural terror from four different directors, yet it ultimately feels like a unified whole. The framing device is simple but unsettling, as a group of strangers find themselves inexplicably gathered at an isolated country estate, uncertain why they have come. The topic of conversation soon turns to the world of dreams and nightmares, and each guest shares a frightening event from his/her own past. Many of these tales have become famous, including Basil Dearden's opening… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Producer Michael Balcon turned each individual episode over to a different director and, told via flashback, they're equally good."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Although the stories here related are probably familiar to all who are devotees of such mysticisms, they are tightly and graphically told."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Ealing will for ever be associated with its celebrated comedies, but this chilling quintet deserves to be considered among the studio's finest achievements."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Still the greatest multi-story ghost/horror picture."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Absolutely one of the spookiest films ever made."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Spasmodically effective."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Ali Catterall, Total Film
"The narrative arc is bubbling over with some spooky nightmarish fervor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The form was to be revived on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1960s. But Dead of Night is the best."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Nearly 60 years on, Ealing's compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"By turns eerie, funny, macabre and utterly chilling."
‑ Miles Fielder, The List
"A dead scary horror movie that skimps on the blood but not the goose bumps,"
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"A classic of English cinema."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"First-rate British chiller"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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