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Dead of Night (1974)

A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writer:

Alan Ormsby (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Marley ... Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ... 'Andy' / Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe Henderson Forsythe ... Doc Allman
Anya Ormsby ... Cathy Brooks
Jane Daly ... Joanne
Michael Mazes Michael Mazes ... Bob
Arthur Anderson Arthur Anderson ... Postman
Arthur Bradley Arthur Bradley ... Army Captain
David Gawlikowski David Gawlikowski ... Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez Virginia Cortez ... Rosalie
Bud Hoey Bud Hoey ... Ed
Robert R. Cannon Robert R. Cannon ... Drunk (as Robert Cannon)
Raymond Michel Raymond Michel ... Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker Jeff Becker ... Young Boy
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Storyline

A young Soldier is killed in the line of duty in Vietnam. That same night, the soldier returns home, brought back by his Mother's wishes that he "Don't Die"! Upon his Return, Andy sits in his room, refusing to see his friends or family, venturing out only at night. The Vampiric horror is secondary to the terror that comes from the disintegration of a typical American family. Written by R. L. Strong <rs080455@pacbell.net>

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The dead of night changed the lives of many... and ended the lives of some. See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deathdream See more »

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Budget:

$235,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the diner where the truck driver stops early in the movie, a promo for veterans of war services can be seen on the counter. See more »

Goofs

In the establishing night shot of the cemetery gates an unidentified person can be seen walking in the shadows. See more »

Quotes

'Andy': I died for you, Doc. Why shouldn't you return the favor?
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Alternate Versions

The version released under the title, The Night Andy Came Home contains an additional snippet of dialogue during the final scene in the cemetery. After Andy buries himself and dies, his mother, kneeling over the grave, can be heard saying, "Andy's home. My boy came home." In the later Gorgon Video release under the title Deathdream, this dialogue has been intentionally muted so as not to reference the previous title. See more »


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Camptown Races
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By Stephen Foster
Whistled by Arthur Anderson
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Scared the ---- out of me

So many horror films, both then and now, exist solely to provide cheap titillation to gore hounds and casual thrill-seekers. 'Dead of Night' (aka "Deathdream"), however, is serious business, and seriously scary. Comparable to 'The Exorcist' in its exploration of the parent-child dynamic when the child is given over to something sinister, I personally liked this more than I liked 'The Exorcist.' It's leaner, more suspenseful, and less pretentious.

Richard Backus is Andy, a soldier who returns from the war (presumably Vietnam) the very night his parents and sister are informed of his death in combat. The homecoming is not a happy one, however. Andy just isn't quite himself. Laconic, humorless and irritable, he doesn't want to go out and isn't interested in seeing visitors. Worse, there could be a link between him and the gruesome murder of a truck driver that occurred the night of his return.

Like 'The Exorcist,' 'Dead of Night' - a reworking of "The Monkey's Paw" -- aspires to be more than simply a horror film. It aspires to be a Vietnam allegory, and it aspires to be a family drama. Remarkably, it succeeds as all three. It makes a compelling statement about returning soldiers, is a truly frightening horror film, and also a harrowing family drama. John Marley, as a Andy's father, conveys torment and confusion effectively, and Lynn Carlin is especially good as Andy's mother, a woman who has disappeared completely inside of her denial. The suspense is unbearable, and there's skillful use of both sound and space in creating it. The chills are never cheap and are consistently hair-raising. The movie marches headlong into its inevitable conclusion and is utterly uncompromising throughout. That it was rated PG at the time is a shocker.

The movie has some flaws and lacks visual polish, but this is almost irrelevant given how brilliantly everything works. The director is Bob Clark, who would go on to direct the first two 'Porky's' films, 'A Christmas Story,' and 'Baby Geniuses,' and he has made a rare horror film, one that is intelligent, thoughtful, and damn scary.


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