Dead of Night

1974

Action / Horror

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 3433

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John Marley as Charles Brooks
Bob Clark as Officer Ted
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Rainey Dawn 7 / 10

Not a Bad Vampire-Zombie Film

Not sure if he was a vampire or a zombie - he seemed to be a mixture of both. He looked fine when get got home but needed blood like a vampire, later on his flesh started rotting and he was eating like a zombie. I guess he was more of a vampire in the beginning but as the days went on he turned more zombie - or so it seemed to me.

Anyway, it's not a bad film - the mother and father are the ones that made this film! The parents emotions and actions are good in this film. I do wonder about that mother though, she apparently was no longer in love with her husband, treated their daughter like "you're a sweet girl but..." - yea the mother seemed to only really love her son -- I can understand falling out of love with the husband but it seems she would have treated her daughter with the same love as her son. LOL -- maybe it was just me though.

Overall I did enjoy watching the film.

7/10

Reviewed by MisterWhiplash 7 / 10

unique and thought provoking, but also unintentionally silly

This is technically a "zombie" movie, but it's one that leans more on allegory than most I can think of. It's about a young soldier, played by Richard Backus, who at the very beginning gets shot and killed in Vietnam. And, appropriately, his family gets notice from the army that he died in combat. The father (John Marley) and his daughter (Anya Ormsby) give their response of immediate grief, but the mother, played by Lynn Carlin, is refusing it, it can't be so, no way no how, they're *lying*, in fact. That very same night, the son, Andy, returns home... but as WHAT, you may ask?

How did Andy come back to life? No answer, and there's no effort on the part of Bob Clark, the director (one of his very few entries in this genre), and Alan Ormsby the writer (I assume related to the actress playing the daughter by the way), to explain this even in the brief 'radioactivity/satellites/voodoo' or so on. It's meant, I think, to be a pure metaphor for the time: this was Vietnam, of course, when Americans, as well as many more Vietnamese, were being killed by the thousands, and if people did come back they often were never the same again. Andy coming back to the family as a symbolic zombie first - he talks to his 'so happy to see you!' parents and sister in a plain monotone, with Backus looking like you sucked any of the life out of a Montgomery Clift type of actor - and then as a 'real' one, as the horror comes from Andy having to kill people and take their blood (this latter part reminded me of Martin, the Romero film, but that's another story altogether so let's not go there).

I think that there's a good amount of, frankly, cheese to this picture. There's a scene where, to show that Andy is fully disconnected from humanity when some local boys come around and the dog is bothering him and them, he picks up the dog (this is after badly testing his 'strength' against one of the boys) and strangles it to death. And while the intention is for it to be a serious moment, it's purely laughable. What does work is that Marley and Carlin - of all things re-teamed as a married couple following the John Cassavetes masterpiece FACES - play it straight and play it all sincerely, and bring real drama out of it (up to a point, to varying degrees for both of them), and that Backus also fully commits and is genuinely creepy and terrifying when he has to be.

In the last stretch, especially the last like 20 minutes, it gets progressively sillier, or just more demented or WTF or whatever, as Andy is literally melting away with maggots taking up his innards. It gets to the point where his character is set up on a double date with his sister and he has to put on sunglasses just so everyone else doesn't see how he's melting away, like a literal *walking dead* figure. The message is not exactly subtle, but aside from the grief of a parent over a child, which is made especially clear with Carlin's mother and she is delivering the real goods, yes, even when it goes more bats*** in the final stretch, it's also kind of, well, misogynistic (Marley, the dad, sort of just pushes aside his wife and daughter whenever he feels like it as an excuse of being angry about his son, to the point where he pushes one character off the screen!)

Clark and the writer have something noble to say about how families dealing (or decidedly *not* dealing) with grief over their fallen family members, especially with a war as tumultuous and wrong as Vietnam was, and some of it shows. At the same time it's also an excuse to see Richard Backus act extremely creepy and detached for 90 minutes, and while he's certainly not bad at it, he makes it today seem mostly kind of silly. I'm not sure if the filmmakers intended that, but it does make for a highly entertaining sit, especially with a packed audience.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 10 / 10

Masterpiece of understated 1970s horror

Not only does this film manage to be a clever allegory about the destruction of the nuclear family via the Vietnam war; it also happens to be extremely frightening and a superbly made chiller. I'm really surprised that this film hasn't got the attention that it deserves - it's rarely heard of these days, yet I found it to be one of the best American horror films of the 1970s that I've seen. It's simple, yet starkly disturbing, with understated performances and a slow pace which genuinely wracks up the fear factor to breaking point at the end.

Excellent performances from most of the cast automatically raise my opinion on this film. The standout for me was John Marley's performance as Andy's father; he plays a man who has to come to terms with the fact that his son has turned into a remorseless killing machine. Marley gives a subtle moving performance as he turns to drink for support and finally cannot handle the horror around him. He gives an extremely moving performance to a character who could have become like Burt Young in AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION; i.e. a complete bastard. Richard Backus, in his debut acting appearance, is also superb as the haunted and haunting Andy, with little dialogue he brings us a fleshed-out, frightening and yet sympathetic monster.

Lynn Carlin plays the tragic role of a mother who cannot admit that her son is evil, and supports him even until the sad end. Carlin gives her neurotic character an extra depth, something rarely seen in matriarchal figures in the movies. The only performance to fall short, for me, was Anya Ormsby's as Andy's sister; but at least she doesn't manage to be as annoying here as she was in CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS. Henderson Forsythe also puts in a nice turn as the town's local doctor.

The slow pacing of this film actually works for it, giving an extra dimension of realism. Most films try to jam as many deaths and as much horror into their running time as possible; this one almost feels like the events are playing out in real time, and in real life. The deaths aren't dwelt on here, the camera instead preferring to show us a few disturbingly bloody flashes before cutting away, making their impact greater. Another achievement for the film is Backus' makeup as he begins to rot away; a young Tom Savini was responsible for these, on a limited budget, and he works wonders. There are signs of the artist's later genius here in the gruesome looking wrinkles and wounds which begin to appear on Andy's body and his final transformation into a hideous zombie makes him look highly similar to Regan in THE EXORCIST, which came out a year later.

There are many horrific instances in the film, none more so than when Andy crushes the family's dog when it barks at him one time too many. All of the murders notch up the shock horror scale, but it's the haunting image of Andy rocking in his chair which stays in the mind. After an exciting chase finale, the final poignant image has Andy dying again in a newly-prepared grave. This is earthy, disturbing horror at its finest, and a damn good film at that. This one definitely deserves to be tracked down.

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