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732 Ratings

Curse of the Demon

Night of the Demon

Directed by Jacques Tourneur
United Kingdom, 1957
Horror, Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis

Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader, Julian Karswell.

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Curse of the Demon Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Tourneur’s great, late film Night of the Demon (1957), starring his friend and fellow toper Dana Andrews, may be the finest motion picture ever made by two knee-walking drunks.
November 02, 2018
Although Tourneur was frustrated by having to show the demon in literal form, the way the film handles its appearance still stands, 60 years later, as perhaps the best and worthiest ever use of a special effect in a horror film, a ne plus ultra in genre spectacle – the strange apparition appearing vaguely in the distance, wreathed in smoke and fire…, and then a great, looming close-up of the demon’s snarling visage and terrible clawed paw splayed to grip its prey and prize.
October 27, 2017
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In Night of the Demon, superstition is rational, reason foolhardy. The film unsettles because it never flips that paradox back around—the world remains topsy-turvy to the bleak, sinister end.
October 29, 2014
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