A quintet of ghosthunters wants to explore an allegedly haunted house,
but the mission seems to be doomed from the very start when the caretaker
of the house (Tony Todd) first scares the living shit out of them all,
then locks them into the house - one of the conditions for the ghosthunt
-, then the fuse box blows, gadget man Paul (Paul Fix) screws everything
up, the presenter of the show Amanda (Cicely Tennant) proves to be a
self-absorbed bitch, psychic Sheila (Rachel Whittingham) doesn't approve
of the whole circus at all, the house seems to be a bit too haunted for
our ghosthunters, and the cameraman Jason (Stuart Boother) and producer
Anne Marie (Simone Kaye) are blamed for everything without being at fault
... and then, when our ghosthunters each go their own way to search the
house, a killer turns up and kills them off one after the other ...
next morning, the corpses are found, and detectives Jenkins (Gary Mavers)
and Anderson (Joseph Millson) are quick to suspect the caretaker but have
to let him go after some intense questioning. Jenkins goes through the
tapes the ghosthunters have left (they were of course each armed with a
camcorder), and since he doesn't believe in ghosts, the more he watches
the more he becomes convinced they have made a mistake by letting the
caretaker go, especially since he seems to have disappeared from the face
of the earth since.
But it's a long process to go through all the tapes,
and the very last tape reveals the killer not the caretaker at all, but
someone much closer and more dangerous ...
Genre fave Suzi Lorraine
makes a very short post credit appearance, but does deliver a punchline.
from my synopsis alone, Dead of the Night might have "found
footage thriller" written all over it - but that's simply not the
case. Sure their are handheld first person shots in the movie, but most of
the movie is made up from genuine camerawork rather than shaky madness,
plus the movie does have a classic narrative structure that also includes
flashbacks, and works as a genuine whodunnit, too.
though, the film is creepy in all the right spots, features plenty of
shocks, tension and suspense scenes, and keeps the audience guessing about
the goings-on until the very end, when the killer isn't pulled out of a
hat though but presented with a proper motive and all. Plus, the movie's
very nicely acted by all involved.