"Es mejor no saber" dice el hombre de las ciencias y le da la espalda a la desconocido, aún sabiendo que caminó cerca del diablo. Jacques Tourneur, dueño de las sombras, abraza aquello que nadie conoce pero todo saben que existe, ese otro lado que aguarda detrás de cada puerta y que es capaz de poner patas para arriba cualquier creencia. Hace un doble programa satánico estupendo con "Drag Me To Hell" de Sam Raimi...
Legendary for a couple of reasons. 1. Kate Bush - "It's in the trees! It's coming!" 2. Showing the monster. And it doesn't look like a Godzilla rubber suit. It just works as a late night horror treat. Watch this on Halloween.
Beautifully shot horror film from Tourneur, with some astonishing practical FX sequences. The chief drawback is that there's precious little narrative material to fill 95 minutes, so the soggy midsection is mostly taken by Dana Andrews being moronically stubborn. Points deducted for making Peggy "Gun Crazy" Cummins so respectable. Points added back for cinema's most authentically satanic facial hair.
The oft criticized appearance of the demon at the beginning is necessary. The knowledge that there is a real malign force out there paired with Dr. Holden's denial of the unknown, of death, is what drives the narrative. It's crucial for the film's themes and ability to sustain tension that the viewer know the reality of his impending doom. Pitting rationality with the unexplainable; confronting him with the abyss.
I just don't understand why people rank this as one of Tourneur's best. It commits the sin of taking away our imagination by showing us that ultra phony looking demon. The concept in itself isn't even as imaginative or as well executed as Cat People or, my favorite, I Walked with a Zombie. It's far from awful, but it's also really unmemorable, and I have no desire to ever rewatch it, which is arguably worse.
I don't get people saying that the demon ruins the suspense; if you saw that thing coming at you in real life you'd shit your pants. This is the only horror movie I've yet seen made before the '70s that actually made me consider turning the light on in places!
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Tourneur's horror roots tinged with some film noir flavor make for an interesting B-ish horror movie with some nice photography. The Rosemary's Baby and Wicker Man comparisons are neither unfair or unkind and the demon appearances are legitimately scary but the close-ups kind of oversell the concept. An underappreciated gem.
One of Tourneur's best films feels like a precurser to WICKER MAN & ROSEMARY'S BABY in its dealing with cult "true believers''. Dana Andrews is an unjustly forgotten (to all but old movie dorks) but supremely reliable leading man of his time, with a natural, unshow-y presence regardless of the content of the film he's in. The dated demon special effects don't bother me as much as they do some.