Dead of Night

1974

Action / Horror

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 75%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 3324

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

Reviewed by ThrownMuse 8 / 10

depressing but important horror movie

The opening scene of "Deathdream" is set at night in the midst of the Vietnam War. The viewer witnesses a young soldier get shot. Next we see an American family having dinner. They haven't heard from Andy, their son in Vietnam, and are trying to cope with this. In the middle of their dinner, they get the news that he has been killed in battle. The grieving process begins. But Andy comes home in the middle of the night! They assume that the messenger was mistaken and celebrate their son's return. However, Andy is very different to them--he is ostensibly emotionless and doesn't say much. And he's a little pale. And more than a little violent.

***slight plot spoilers ahead, though not anything you don't know from reading the plot summary or the back of the DVD***

This has to be one of the most depressing horror movies I've seen. I suppose it could be classified as a zombie movie (even though there is only one "zombie"), and in the tradition of NOTLD, this one has a message. Everyone knows someone who returned from war a different person. Not only is Andy emotionally numb, he also needs to kill in order to "survive," just as he did while he was at war. The family, which was fragile before his return, is now completely torn apart. The dad drinks, mom is in denial, sis insists on making things like "the good ole days," and they all fight about Andy, who has nothing much to say at all.

***slight plot spoilers over***

This low-budge production has a made-for-TV feel, but it isn't by any means a bad movie. The performances are mostly great. There are some amusing events and dialogue that seem somewhat out of place, but I was thankful for the comic relief. There are also some cheesy and overdone elements, but they don't affect the movie too much. There is also the "killer's viewpoint" camera-work (which Bob Clark also uses in Black Christmas), that became staples of 80s slashers. The climax seems absurd, but that is only because with all the melodrama, it is easy to forget that this is a horror movie! The final sequence is heartbreaking. I highly recommend Deathdream to anyone who thinks that horror movies are only for escapism and have no other value, and everyone who already knows that this isn't true. My rating: 8/10

Reviewed by tristanb-1 10 / 10

superior horror/shock film from talented cult director Bob Clark

Excellent spooky variation on "Monkey's Paw" really plays on deep emotions in a crude (but effective) manner.

Low-budget, but fast-moving and scary. This is one of my favorites.

A distraught mother "wishes" her deceased Vietnam soldier-boy son home only to discover he isn't quite who he was when he left.

Many different horror archetypes (zombies, vampirism, cannibalism) are touched on without being confirmed, which makes the film that much more effective.

The film is also a sharp and dark commentary on the state of the returning GI. Andy sits for hours in his dazed "zombie-like" state and stares at the walls. He becomes violent and acts irrational. Many symptoms of post-traumatic shock syndrome.

Written by Alan Ormsby, who also collaborated with Clark on "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" and would later go on to pen Paul Schrader's remake of "Cat People".

If you're looking for another solid Bob Clark spook-fest, check out "Black Christmas" (which bears an eerie similarity to the original "Halloween", though it predates it by several years!!) before "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things".

Many have commented on the *shocker* ending. If you are expecting something along the lines of the original "Carrie" - something to make you jump out of your seat - you will be disappointed.

The ending is more dour and stunning. I didn't see it coming, but it made perfect sense in line with everything that had happened. It's the kind of ending that a film would never have now. It's simply too honest. One of the better horror endings I've seen, actually.

Reviewed by Coventry 8 / 10

Incredibly creepy chiller

Bob Clark was such a fantastic and visionary filmmaker during the early 70's and directed no less than three very important and hugely influential horror movies in a row. Unfortunately, he reverted to making lame & mainstream comedies during the 80's and 90's and - even more unfortunate of course - was his untimely death earlier this year 2007 as a result of a car accident. But back then he definitely was the man, because he was single-handedly responsible for one genre-defining slasher ("Black Christmas"), one playful yet creepy zombie classic ("Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things") and then this one: a unique and genuinely intriguing horror-sleeper. "Deathdream" is primarily an unsettling shocker, but it definitely also qualifies as a subtly powerful anti-war protest and even as a depressing middle-class family drama. Right from the excruciatingly sober opening credits, showing the frozen image of a soldier dying in agony after taking a bullet in the chest, you immediately realize this won't become just another outrageous splatter flick with zombie-soldiers and gratuitous massacres. Rightly so, because the story then cuts to the dinner table of a seemingly random American family who are very busy making plans for when their son Andy returns home from Vietnam, and you literally sense tragic news is about to knock them down. Andy is indeed reported killed in action shortly after, and the drama affects both the parents differently. Especially the mother refuses to accept her beloved son's departure and stays up entire nights, praying & wishing for Andy to come home. And then suddenly he DOES come home … but not as his family and friends remember him. Andy doesn't talk or eat, he spends the whole day in a rocking-chair whilst staring in the distance and his body rapidly starts decomposing if not regularly supplied with fresh doses of human blood!

Andy Brooks isn't just a pitiable character in a 70's horror gem. No, he presumably represents every young soldier who reluctantly enlisted to serve in Vietnam, only because their fathers and the small-town communities they lived in expected them to. Rather than to feast on the blood of innocent bystanders, Andy returns to raise feelings of guilt and anguish among his former friends and particularly his dad. "Deathdream" clearly features some harsh social undertones, and they're magnificently supported by the realistic characters (and, respectively, the terrific acting performances). The relationships between Andy's mother, Andy's father and Andy himself are perhaps the best achievement of the entire film. The pacing is quite slow, but it works efficiently, and the overall ambiance of "Deathdream" is very creepy. The images of Andy in his rocking-chair (complete with screeching sound) and his grimaces when chocking the family dog in front of several young children are unforgettable. Considering the main themes and, undeniably, the budgets Bob Clark disposed of, you shouldn't expect a lot of gore, but still there are some nasty and convincingly unsettling make-up effects to enjoy. If they weren't interested just yet, all horror fans will unquestionably want to see the film because it marked Tom Savini's debut as a SFX-guru. In my humble personal opinion the ending could have been a bit better and less abrupt, but that's just a small detail. This film ranks high amongst the best genre achievements of the 1970's and it's fundamental viewing for all fans.

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