NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT
THE DEVILS UNDEAD; THE RESURRECTION SYNDICATE
Nothing But the Night offers up a complex script, but unfortunately falls short of pulling it off. It takes some puzzling to work out what is happening. Almost everything is a red herring that is played against type Diana Dors is made to seem a villain, Mary Valley a sweet innocent child, the natural assumption that Christopher Lee is the villain and particularly the playing of the children as normal children before expectation is reversed. In fact, the film does this so successfully that when it finally comes to its twist ending, the reversal is unbelievable. Peter Sasdy certainly directs well with a dark and brooding frame. The climax is well staged and the three killings at the beginning slick and effective. Both Christopher Lee Peter and Cushing are surprisingly underused, although Diana Dors plays with a bristling tartiness.
Peter Sasdys other genre outings were: Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Countess Dracula (1970), Hands of the Ripper (1971) about Jack the Rippers daughter, the ecological horror film Doomwatch (1972), the Nigel Kneale ghost story tv play The Stone Tape (1972), the Satanic impregnation film The Devil Within Her/I Dont Want to Be Born (1975) and the proto-Virtual Reality film Welcome to Blood City (1977).
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