Nothing but the Night (1972 film)

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Nothing but the Night (1972), AKA The Resurrection Syndicate, Devil Night, The Devil's Undead, Fatal Enigma, Castle of the Living Dead

Summary

"Where science and the occult clash! This nightmare has already killed five people, and for every death, there was a child. Now it's your nightmare to live!" Police detectives investigating a series of strange deaths of beneficiaries of a strange trust fund begin to suspect something strange about the children who stand to gain from the deaths.


Details

Promotional images for Nothing but the Night (1972 film) AKA The Resurrection Syndicate...
  • Release Date: 1972
  • Country/Language: UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery, Crime
  • Setting: 1970s UK
  • Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
  • Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing
  • Director: Peter Sasdy
  • Writer: Brian Hayles (screenplay), John Blackburn (novel)
  • Producer/Production Co: Charlemagne Productions
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Wikipedia: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: MPAARATING (notes)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)

The strange cult of people transferring their minds into the bodies of children through pseudo-scientific means is somewhat similar in concept to that of "The Thing on the Doorstep (fiction)".

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Fred Anderson at Ninja Dixon (link)
  • Graeme Clark at The Spinning Image (link) (5/10 Stars)
  • Burl Cummings at Ha ha, it's Burl! (link)
  • Michael Den Boer at 10,000 Bullets (link)
  • Brett Gallmann at Oh The Horror! (link)
  • Mark Hodgson at Black Hole Reviews (link)
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (link) (2/5 Stars)
  • Nathaniel Thomson at Mondo Digital (link)


Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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Police detectives investigating a series of strange deaths of beneficiaries of a strange trust fund begin to suspect something strange about the children who stand to gain from the deaths: the aging adults are actually a cult using weird science to steal the children's youthful bodies through a thought transfer process that abandons the children's minds into the elderly bodies, which are then sacrificed in many gruesome ways.


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Keeper Notes

  • The investigators follow a trail of gruesome murders that lead to a suspiciously cultish group of creepy children wise beyond their years....