LOST TV WEEK: Dead of Night (1977)

Much like Trilogy of TerrorDead of Night is made up of tales written by Richard Matheson (the first segment is based on a Jack Finney story) in a portmanteau format. Originally airing on March 29, 1977, this TV movie is not as well remembered.

There are three stories: “Second Chance,” where Ed Begley Jr. buys a car and goes backward in time; “No Such Thing as a Vampire,” which has The Avengers‘ Patrick Macnee as a doctor trying to deal with an undead man who keeps attacking his wife; and finally “Bobby,” which is all about a mother trying to figure out how to deal with the loss of her son (played by Ben‘s Lee Montgomery).

Of these tales, only “Bobby” is actually scary. Trilogy of Terror is much better overall, but that’s not to say that you won’t find some enjoyment watching this. Dark Sky put this out on DVD in 2009 and included the pilot, “A Darkness At Blaisedon,” for a TV series version that Curtis tried to sell in 1969.  The same music from that pilot was used when this movie was finally filmed.

There was also a British anthology series with the same name that aired in 1972, with seven episodes filmed and only three that still exist.

You can also watch Dead of Night on Shudder.

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