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  • Dead of Night (1945, Ealing Studios)

    The original horror anthology. Starring Michael Redgrave and Googie Withers.

    Still scary and effective to this day, and a great ending.

    Best story has to the the ventriloquist one starring Michael Redgrave.

  • #2
    H G Wells Wrote this right???

    heard of it, never seen it.....

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    • #3
      This is one of the best horror films of the 40s.
      Michael Redgrave's awesome performance is one of the best ever!
      Great atmosphere, photography and actually SCARY!
      I believe HG Wells wrote the comedy episode.
      I'll check into it.

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      • #4
        Saw this in a film class like a week before Halloween a few years ago. Some parts really creeped me out.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by Biohazard View Post
          I believe HG Wells wrote the comedy episode.
          I'll check into it.
          John V. Baines, Angus MacPhail and T.E.B. Clarke were the screenwriters for the film. The "Golfing Story" episode was simply based on an H.G. Wells story.

          This is one of my favorite films of all time.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by DaveG View Post
            John V. Baines, Angus MacPhail and T.E.B. Clarke were the screenwriters for the film. The "Golfing Story" episode was simply based on an H.G. Wells story.

            This is one of my favorite films of all time.
            Well, that's what I meant!
            I was digging the lesbianism out of THE HAUNTING...and now THIS film.
            The Michael Redgrave story with Hugo the dummy....
            Hugo: We're finished, Maxwell...
            Maxwell: Hugo, we've been together so long! You can't leave me!
            Hugo: Can't stop me, Maxwell.
            Maxwell: Hugo, I won't let you!
            Hugo: I've found another guy...much more interesting than you!
            Maxwell: Don't leave me, Hugo!
            Hugo: We're finished, Maxwell....FINISHED!!

            These aren't exact quotes...but close enough!

            Maxwell wakes to find Hugo gone. He goes to his rival-friend's place and there's Hugo...I think in the bed!
            Maxwell shoots him!

            This is so "gay" that I noticed it the first time I saw it when I was about 11!
            It all only serves to make it all greater!
            It's a "must-see"!
            Last edited by Biohazard; 10-05-2008, 10:33 AM.

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            • #7
              Horror anthologies hardly ever work since the episodic structure rarely allows for the convincing development of character and suspense. This is a rare and terrifically frightening exception - five tales wrapped in one eerie package and made by four top directors of the era, Alberto Cavalcanti ('Christmas Party' and 'The Ventriloquist's Dummy'), Charles Crichton ('Golfing Story'), Basil Dearden ('Hearse Driver', as well as the linking sections) and Robert Hamer ('The Haunted Mirror').

              One of the finest products of the renowned Ealing studios. Each episode is an audacious piece of craftsmanship, and each one is devilishly entertaining.

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              • #8
                Hello,
                I just read the story that "Golfing Story" was based on. It is by H.G. Wells, but it is called "The Inexperienced Ghost".

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                • #9
                  Yup, one of the earliest horror anthology and all stories delivered. A masterpiece of horror storytelling in every level. This one may very well be the best British Horror movie of all time.

                  10/10. Highly recommended.


                  She isn't a scream queen for nothing, right?

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                  • #10
                    The best horror anthology ever made, which puts it among the best horrors of all time. The climax and ending is unforgettable.
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                    • #11
                      Easily one of the best anthologies, I used to see it all the time in the dvd store I worked at and was always curious about it so gave it a shot .... am fuckin glad I did!

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                      • #12
                        Definitely one of the best anthology movies ever made. "Golfing Story" based on the H.G. Wells story was surprising lighthearted and fun. It sort of changes the entire mood of the film but only briefly.

                        Originally posted by Realm of Horror Comics View Post
                        Best story has to the the ventriloquist one starring Michael Redgrave.
                        Absolutely that ventriloquist dummy was creepy.

                        "It is wrong to assume that art needs the spectator in order to be. The film runs on without any eyes. The spectator cannot exist without it. It ensures his existence." -- James Douglas Morrison

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