After years of unavailability, the three surviving episodes from the legendary BBC horror anthology series 'Dead of Night' finally come to video. Originally screened on BBC2 in 1972, and rarely seen since, 'Dead of Night' has been highly sought by fans of classic TV and British horror for decades.
The Exorcism In what is perhaps the most terrifying of the episodes, four wealthy, middle-class friends (Clive Swift, Edward Petherbridge, Anna Cropper and Sylvia Kay) gather for a Christmas dinner in a country cottage only to find that the past will not rest while they feast.
Return Flight The professionalism of an experienced and respected airline pilot (Peter Barkworth) is placed under scrutiny when he encounters the ghostly apparition of a Second World War Lancaster bomber.
A Woman Sobbing A middle-class housewife (Anna Massey) becomes increasingly paranoid when her nights are interrupted by the terrifying and unexplained sound of a woman crying in one of the rooms in her new house.
Vaults across Time
- Dead of Night Series review by CH
Another disinterment, as it were. This is a leap across time - twice over. Made in the early-Seventies - with safari jackets, dinner parties, a store of candles for the three-day week -, each surviving episode turns around an earlier presence in the house, such as a woman who fell from a window around 1910 and now haunts Anna Massey in "A Woman Weeping" by the excellent playwright John Bowen, whose novels should be better known (BFI has reissued his television play Robin Redbreast, also set in a country cottage: highly recommended, available here). Each of these films is fifty minutes long - and contains much more than so many that are now stretched out for hours.
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