More a story of teenage longing and loss than a horror flick, Night Tide is both gentle in tone and beautiful in a surreal, enigmatic way. Notable are the sounds of waves splashing in the background and scenes of the mermaid/love interest wed to the water. An early indie gem from Harrington, known for experimental and queer cinema.
3,5 Think I read someplace that certain film editors'd be irked at the supposition they were just cutting aces (so are butchers) or that cinematographers were cute shots snipers, or set designers prop-erecting hacks. They interpret, provide a vision of the whole and some productions are results of such organic & hermeneutic collabs. NT ends weakly but there's sth so youthfully jittery, searching & coherent in its use
This is the type of movie that I was used to seeing on a small b&w tv, which I kept through the 90's. It's a particular aesthetic to watch it on the small grainy TV in the middle of the night. It's very strange seeing this much detail and watching it in the middle of the day. I remember what Truffaut said about not wanting to work in color, and so I watched his movies on the b&w tv. Gorgeous film.
Pretty good cult film that serves as an early starring role for Dennis Hopper. He plays a sailor who takes up with a carnival performer whose previous two beaus wound up dead. A mystical other worldly picture in the vein of 'Carnival of Souls' though not as successful. Interesting visually but performances are script are pretty hit and miss. Denouement a drag.
An excellent cult joy, with visual dynamism, sexual politics, and (particularly at the end) a sneaky sense of humor—clearly, someone had been studying up on their Val Lewton. Dennis Hopper's character is pointedly dim/boring (much like the husband in Cat People), which plays as both a satirical payoff and an in-retrospect joke. In '61, he got the lovable lunk role; in 2014, we can see Frank Booth waiting to get out.
Low-budget oddity is an early effort from director Curtis Harrington. The leisurely pacing and Dennis Hoppers slow-witted character take some getting used to, but it manages an intriguing offbeat atmosphere that keeps it compelling. A minor cult classic.