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Dead of Night (1945)
In many ways this probably shouldn't be in my top ten, given that it's a bit cheesy, I suppose. But I just love it, so **** off. A portmanteau horror film with a circular ending that reputedly (according to that fount of wisdom, Wankopedia) inspired the steady state theory of the universe, this goes back to what I was talking about earlier, re: old style of speaking in English films.
When someone tells a tale and we return to the linking narrative, people don't go "fuck me, that sounds scary.... I've nearly fucking shit me pants, yer ****." They go "I say, that's frightfully alarming, old bean.. what a perishing tale, what?" The key piece here is Michael Redgrave as a ventriloquist totally off his tits.