Compared to modern horrors movies Dead of Night from 1945 was not too frightening visually. There was no bloody gore going on explicitly. I am thankful for that, I only checked it because it is one of those top 1000 films. After watching the opening framing of the story, the six subsequent ghost story tales and their final interconnections at the end I checked out its wikipedia page to understand why was this film so highly valued.
I learned that it was setting the “anthology genre” up for horrors, where a circle of people each tell their nightmarish stories. I also understand now that it influenced not just UK but US films too. Furthermore, not too many movies were made in wartime England, so special effort went into this one. OK, I get the historical significance. But for me it was still just a silly ghost movie. Granted the actors’ and the director’s work was fine and the story was enjoyable. But the sound (at least on my DVD copy) was mediocre and I was expecting more experimental or expressionist cinematography.
IMDB’s summary: Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests’ own bizarre tales.