Dead of Night (AKA Deathhdream) (1974)

Eerie, atmospheric and tragic, Bob Clark’s “Dead of Night” plays like one of the superior made for television horror movies that used to be prevalent during the 1970s. The story itself is fairly simple but it’s loaded with subtext and commentary, enough to propel the narrative forward despite a relatively limited scope and context. Clark manages to establish an off-kilter mood from the first few frames, and not only maintains it admirably throughout the movie but also manages to build upon it scene by scene until the deeply melancholic climax rolls around. Like many horror movies from the 1970s, this is more of a slow-build thriller than a jump-scare-laden frightfest, but it’s precisely that sophistication that makes the movie so arresting.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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