Dead of Night
Dead of Night (1945)

A phone rings. Architect Mervyn Johns is wakened from a nightmare and summoned to the country estate of Roland Culver. Here he meets several strangers, all of whom seem vaguely familiar to him. The conversation turns to nightmares, with… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 1945
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With four accomplished directors contributing, Dead of Night is a classic horror anthology that remains highly influential.

Variety Staff

Producer Michael Balcon turned each individual episode over to a different director and, told via flashback, they're equally good.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Although the stories here related are probably familiar to all who are devotees of such mysticisms, they are tightly and graphically told.

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Miles Fielder
The List

By turns eerie, funny, macabre and utterly chilling.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Spasmodically effective.

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MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio 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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Nearly 60 years on, Ealing's compendium of spooky tales remains scary as hell.

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Ali Catterall
Total Film

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.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

If you haven't seen it and you're a fan of creepy ghost stories, this one is definitely worth checking out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
A super-psycho-natural flick. For a 1945 flick, the scripting seems quite advanced. Not the best, but definitely worth a watch (and maybe even more entertaining… More
Randy Tippy
Precursor to later episodic horror (i.e. TV's <i>Night Gallery</i> and <i>The Twilight Zone</i>). Five house guests recount their… More
Cassandra Maples
Many of the reviews I've read over the years of "Dead of Night" seem to sideline the "Christmas Party" episode as being less successful… More
Stella Dallas
i really enjoyed the surreal ending. the comedy segment was fun but brought down the overall suspense alot. excellent performances and michael redgrave was… More
Aj V
The best horror movie of 1945, maybe even of the whole decade! See it for yourself.
Cindy I
Spooky anthology film about a man's trip to a country house for a party and the stories he hears while he's there. One of the best (of many lesser)… More