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Jez Conolly and David Owain Bates

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780993238437

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780993238437.001.0001

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Conclusion: ‘So it isn’t a dream this time’

Conclusion: ‘So it isn’t a dream this time’

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(p.111) Conclusion: ‘So it isn’t a dream this time’
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Dead of Night
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Jez Conolly

David Owain Bates

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780993238437.003.0009

This concluding chapter explains that, in the case of horror film lovers, the practice of re-watching favoured films periodically is an attempt to re-experience the fright of the first time. Rarely, though, will a horror film pack quite the same intensity of scares on a second, third, or fourth screening compared to the first occasion. Dead of Night is a special case. It is all about the horrible inevitability of repetition, and its chills rely on dread anticipation of an unavoidable fate. At seventy years of age, one might expect the film to have lost some of its power to frighten; but the chapter contends that few horror films in the intervening years have achieved its levels of sustained creepiness and the psychological potency of its pay-off.

Keywords:   horror films, Dead of Night, repetition, dread anticipation, creepiness, horror film lovers

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