|Dead of Night|
|Written by||Richard Matheson|
Jack Finney (story by "Second Chance")
|Directed by||Dan Curtis|
|Starring||Ed Begley Jr.|
Elisha Cook Jr.
|Music by||Robert Cobert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||76 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Dan Curtis Productions|
Dark Sky Films (DVD)
|Original release||March 29, 1977|
Dead of Night is a 1977 American made-for-television anthology horror film starring Ed Begley Jr., Anjanette Comer, Patrick Macnee, Horst Buchholz and Joan Hackett. Directed by Dan Curtis, the film consists of three stories written by Richard Matheson (although the first segment, "Second Chance", was adapted from a story by Jack Finney) much like the earlier Trilogy of Terror. The film originally premiered on NBC on March 29, 1977.
The first segment features Ed Begley Jr. as a man who restores a 1926 roadster and finds himself transported back in time.
- Ed Begley Jr. as Frank
- E.J. André as Mr. McCauley
- Ann Doran as Mrs. McCauley
- Christina Hart as Helen
"No Such Thing as a Vampire"
The second segment features Anjanette Comer as a woman who seems to be actively terrorized by a vampire. Patrick Macnee plays her husband who attempts to deal with her terror by engaging the services of a friend, Michael (Horst Buchholz).
- Patrick Macnee as Dr. Gheria
- Anjanette Comer as Alexis
- Elisha Cook Jr. as Karel
- Horst Buchholz as Michael
The third and final segment deals with the grieving feelings of a mother (Joan Hackett) for her drowned son, Bobby (Lee H. Montgomery) and the lengths she will go to see him again. This story, an original script written for Dead of Night, was later remade for the Dan Curtis omnibus movie Trilogy of Terror II with different actors.
Dead of Night was released on DVD by Dark Sky Films in 2009. The DVD includes a 1969 TV episode, "A Darkness At Blaisedon", the pilot for a Dead of Night television series that was never picked up.
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