Review: Dead of Night: The Exorcism (1972)

Checking out some spooky TV-films and series from the BBC vaults of the 70’s. Starting with this episode of “Dead of Night”.

“DEAD OF NIGHT: THE EXORCISM”
1972
Horror
UK

Director: Don Taylor
Stars: Clive Swift, Edward Petherbridge, Anna Cropper
Distributor: BFI
Runtime: 50 mins
DVD REGION B


“I told you, with this open razor, I’m going to cut open your cheek.”

A couple have just bought and renovated an old cottage on the countryside. They invite a couple of friends to their first Christmas dinner at their new estate. Between discussions weird stuff starts happening. They all feel that they’re somehow affected by an unknown spirit.

A little theatrical ghost story, working more as a play, than a movie. The dialogues/monologues is well written , and has a suttle creepiness to it. It’s an intellectual story of both historical injustice and modern sociocultural/political issues. An interesting little tale, but to “BBC-TV-studio-production’ish” to function fully.