Dead of Night

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Dead of Night

Devil's Advocates


December 1st, 2015

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Released a matter of days after the end of the Second World War and a dozen years ahead of the first full-blooded Hammer Horror, the Ealing Studios horror anthology film Dead of Night featured contributions from some of the finest directors, writers and technicians ever to work in British film. Since its release it has become evermore widely regarded as a keystone in the architecture of horror cinema, both nationally and internationally, yet for a film that packs such a reputation this is the first time a single book has been dedicated to its analysis. Beginning with a brief plot précis 'road map' in order to aid navigation through the film's stories, there follows a discussion of Dead of Night's individual stories, including its frame tale ('Linking Narrative'), a consideration of the potency of stillness and the suspension of time as devices for eliciting goose bumps, an appraisal of the film in relation to the very English tradition of the festive ghost story, and an analysis of the British post-war male gender crisis embodied by a number of the film's protagonists. The book includes a selection of rarely seen pre-production designs produced by the film's acclaimed production designer, Michael Relph.

Co-authors Jez Conolly and David Owain Bates deliver fascinating anecdotes, fun trivia, historical perspective, and insight into the visual aspects of the film.

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Author Information

Jez Conolly is Head of Student Engagement with University of Bristol Library Services and author of The Thing and co-author of Dead of Night in the Devil's Advocates series. He is co-editor of three books in the 'World Film Locations' series (covering Dublin, Reykjavik and Liverpool) published by Intellect and is currently a regular contributor to Beneficial Shock! Magazine.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
1. Introduction: 'A weekend in the country?'8
2. 'A Nightmare of Horror'16
3. 'I've dreamt about you over and over again, Doctor'28
4. 'Just room for one inside, Sir'46
5. 'I'm not frightened... I'm not frightened...'60
6. 'Something evil, monstrously evil'72
7. 'I wish you were dead, old man'84
8. 'You don't know what Hugo's capable of'96
9. Conclusion: 'So it isn't a dream this time'112