Nothing But the Night (1972)

90m, 8100 feet
35mm film, Eastmancolor
mono, English

A British horror film directed by Peter Sasdy.

Plot Summary

When trustees of the Van Traylen fund start committing , and a bus accident wipes out the last three trustees and thirty orphaned , officer Bingham is called in. His investigations lead him to some very strange and terrifying conclusions.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Peter Sasdy
© Rank Film Distributors Ltd MCMLXXII [1972]
A Charlemagne production. Made by Charlemagne Productions Limited. Released by Rank Film Distributors Limited
Produced by: Anthony Nelson Keys; Christopher Lee *
Production Manager: Tom Sachs
Screenplay by: Brian Hayles
From the Novel “Nothing but the Night” by: John Blackburn
Assistant Director: Ariel Levy
Continuity: Doreen Dearnaley; Renée Glynne *
Director of Photography: Kenneth Talbot
Camera Operator: Ronnie Maasz
Editor: Keith Palmer
Music Composed by: Malcolm Williamson
Musical Director: Philip Martell
Sound Recordist: Danny Daniel
Sound Mixer: Ken Barker
Sound Editor: Don Challis
Wardrobe Supervisor: Rosemary Burrows
Make-up: Eddie Knight
Hairdresser: Pat McDermott
Special Effects: Les Bowie
Art Director: Colin Grimes
Production Secretary: Liz Green *
Made at: Pinewood Studios, London, England
Casting Director: Weston Drury Jnr

Christopher Lee (Colonel [Charles] Bingham)
Peter Cushing (Sir Mark Ashley)
Diana Dors (Anna Harb)
Georgia Brown (Joan Foster)
Keith Barron (Dr Haynes)
Gwyneth Strong as Mary Valley
Fulton Mackay (Cameron)
John Robinson (Lord Fawnlee)
Morris Perry (Dr Yeats)
Michael Gambon (Inspector Grant)
Duncan Lamont (Dr Knight)
Shelagh Fraser (Mrs Alison)
Kathleen Byron (Dr Rose)
Geoffrey Frederick (computer operator)
Louise Nelson (nurse)
Robin Wentworth (head porter)
Michael Segal (first reporter)
John Kelland (second reporter)
Michael Wynne (Donald)
Ken Watson (Jamie)
Andrew McCulloch (Malcolm)
Paul Humpoletz (Angus)
Stuart Saunders (police sergeant)
Stanley Lebor (policeman)
Michael Brennan (deck hand)
Beatrice Kane (Helen Van Traylen)
Janet Bruce (Naureen Stokes)
Geoffrey Denton (Paul Anderson)

Alternative Titles

Il cervello dei morti viventi – Italy
The Devil's Undead
Das Dunkel der Nacht
– Germany
Keskiyön kauhut
– Finland
I nattens mörker
– Sweden
Noche infernal
– Spain
The Resurrection Syndicate
– USA (reissue)


CinemaTV Today no.10015 (20 January 1973) p.20
This bears a strong family resemblance to all those cliff-hanger mysteries that have practically disappeared from the West End stage (except, of course, for “The Mousetrap“) but survive as box office certs in the repertories. And, despite the location filming, the resemblance is strengthened by the stagey exaggerations in the performances of the cast playing characters who might be exposed as wrong ‘uns. But red-herrings are not real fish, and it is an accepted convention to lay false trails by going against the grain in characterisation. It all adds to the fun of trying to guess the twist ending; logic and deduction are not the names of this game. – from a review by Marjorie Bilbow



  • CinemaTV Today no.9977 (22 April 1972) p.14 – credits
  • CinemaTV Today no.10013 (6 January 1973) p.11 – illustrated preview
  • CinemaTV Today no.10015 (20 January 1973) p.20 – review (by Marjorie Bilbow)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.469 (February 1973) p.32 – credits, synopsis, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.262
  • Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema: A Filmography of Their 22 Collaborations by Mark A. Miller pp.315-329
  • Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and Horror Cinema (2nd edition) by Mark A. Miller and David J. Hogan pp.274-285; 363
  • The Christopher Lee Filmography by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller pp.246-249
  • The Cult Films of Christopher Lee by Jonathan Sothcott pp.218-223
  • English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 by Jonathan Rigby p.229
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.227
  • Film Review 1973-74 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.227
  • The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle Jr and Douglas C. Hart pp.158-159
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.287
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir p.219 – credits, note
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.61 – credits, review
  • Lord of Misrule (new edition) by Christopher Lee pp.227, 239
  • Peter Cushing: The Gentle Man of Horror and His 91 Films by Deborah Del Vecchio and Tom Johnson pp.317-321
  • by Walt Lee p.340 – credits
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith p.170
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.286-287 – illustrated review (by Jason D. Brawn)
  • X-cert 2: The British Independent Horror Film: 1971-1983 by John Hamilton pp.87-94; 279 – illustrated review; credits