Dead of Night

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer
Year Released: 1945
Rating: 2.5

An architect (Mervyn Johns) visits a country home where several people are congregating and he proceeds to tell them he had a strange dream involving all of them; they then relay several stories - all involving supernatural elements - that a psychiatrist (Frederick Valk) dismisses as pseudoscience.  While it's historically notable as an early "horror" film from Ealing Studios, the tales are spotty at best: "The Hearse Driver" is short and to-the-point and "The Ventriloquist" (with Michael Redgrave) is the most famous of all of them (you can see the influence of it on 1978's Magic with Anthony Hopkins), "Golfing Story" is more of a silly light comedy (and doesn't really fit the mood) and "The Haunted Mirror" is stiff and predictable.  I like that it at least acknowledges there's more to the world than one can see with one's own eyes, however ... and the ending, which indicates it's all taking place in a loop, might be the most horrifying thing of all.