Dead of Night

Screening on Film
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer.
With Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers.
UK, 1945, 35mm, black & white, 104 min.
Print source: HFA

G is for Ghost Stories

In one of the greatest horror anthologies ever produced, Mervyn Johns stars as an architect summoned to work on a Victorian country house inhabited by a cast of characters who have been infiltrating his own recurring nightmares. Among the most chilling of the film’s five sequences is Michael Redgrave’s turn as a ventriloquist tormented by his evil dummy. Produced by Ealing Studios, a company better known for its sardonic comedies, and based on a collection of stories by acclaimed British writers such as H. G. Wells and E. F. Benson, the film remains surprisingly frightful thanks to some ingenious plot turns by the talented cadre of filmmakers.

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