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''Dead of Night'' is a 1945 Creator/EalingStudios horror AnthologyFilm. A group of people meet in a country house and one man declares he has seen the meeting in a dream and that everyone was horribly murdered. Other guests recount their own supernatural experiences, including a premonition of disaster and a crazed ventriloquist dummy. Then the first man says he has a horrible feeling that the killer in his dream was himself, and begins to butcher them. He then wakes up from the nightmare, drives off, [[spoiler: and arrives at the same country house. The film ends as it began, in a supposedly infinite loop.]]

There are segments:
* "Hearse Driver"
* "The Haunted Mirror"
* "Christmas Party"
* "Golfing Story"
* "The Ventriloquist's Dummy"
* plus the "Linking Narrative"

Not to be confused with [[DylanDogDeadOfNight the 2011 Dylan Dog movie]].
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!!''Dead of Night'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AnthologyFilm: The movie is actually an omnibus, or {{anthology}} of stories, tied together with a central narrative.
* CrazyJealousGuy: The "The Haunted Mirror" segment.
* DemonicDummy: Hugo...
* DreamWithinADream / GroundhogDayLoop: The end is the beginning is the end.
* DutchAngle: Used extensively during the nightmarish climax.
* HauntedHouseHistorian: The antique dealer providing us with the back story of the haunted mirror.
* MagicalGesture: Didn't work out for the angel. But for the old man.
* MirrorUniverse: In "The Haunted Mirror", an antique mirror reveals the room it was once in.
* NestedStory: The five subplots.
* OrWasItADream: The whole story.
* PlayedForLaughs: "Golfing Story" is not at all scary.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: In "Hearse Driver", a young man is in hospital, and is reading a book late in the evening, then sees a stir at the curtains, and notices the clock has jumped from 9:45 to 4:15. He gets up to open them, and sees sun shining brightly. He looks out and sees a hearse driver say ""just room for one inside, Sir." He shuts the curtain, it is 9:50, as it should be. When he leaves he is about to catch a tram. The tram driver looks just like the hearse driver and says "just room for one inside, Sir." He shudders and runs off the tram, [[spoiler:only to see it dive off its tracks with everyone on it going to their doom.]]
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The "Christmas Party" ghost story is loosely based on a real life murder mystery. In 1860, Francis Saville Kent (aged nearly four years old) was murdered. His sixteen-year-old half-sister Constance later confessed to the crime.
* RoundRobin: Six segments done by four directors.
* SplitPersonality: The ventriloquist/Hugo.
* UndeadChild: [[spoiler:There is one at "The Christmas Party".]] Or is there?
* {{Ventriloquism}}: In "The Ventriloquist's Dummy", Michael Redgrave plays an disturbed ventriloquist.
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