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1,324 Ratings

Night Tide

Directed by Curtis Harrington
United States, 1961
Fantasy, Horror


A sailor (Dennis Hopper’s first starring role!) falls in love with a girl in a beatnik jazz club, and is drawn into a strange world in which she may be a mermaid. Turning Venice Beach locations into indelible film noir images, Night Tide is part gothic horror, part mood piece, all fever dream.

Night Tide Directed by Curtis Harrington
Tarot readings, beachside drum circles and secret languages remind of Harrington’s interest in the occult, never uncannier than in this story of selves split between rational daylight and mythical nighttime.
June 03, 2015
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Night Tide shares more than just superficial similarity with Cat People; it is a direct continuation and embellishment upon the earlier film’s ideas about sex (and women and fear) in America… The fear of ones own sexuality and what it could do to another person is at the heart of both Night Tide andCat People.
March 17, 2015
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The film is so lovely that the characteristic Harrington theme of incestuous obsession hits you nearly on the rebound, asserting itself with an intensity that empowers Night Tide to quietly grow in stature as you turn the film over in your mind.
October 18, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Joe Pryweller's rating of the film Night Tide

    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.

  • joanra's rating of the film Night Tide

    Hipnótica y con una historia redonda

  • tidal waif's rating of the film Night Tide

    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

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Night Tide

    Beautiful photography, story and a script that doesn't feel corny. This "B" movie has everything the big studio pictures were missing in the 1960's.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Night Tide

    Night Tide is a fascinating film that conjures a strange, uncommon aura that evokes great mystery as well as the opportunity for horror. It's shot like a grand noir film but also has a wonderful dexterity in its cinema and has the novelty of featuring a very young Dennis Hopper as the lead. It's also most likely the best film I've seen on the subject of mermaids. An offbeat, unsung gem of American horror cinema.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Night Tide

    Totally unexpected and dazzling at moments oceanic tale of Mo(i)ra, it fuses magical-romantic elements with the macabre, featuring a wonderfully naive D.Hopper, whose purity ideal is tested by the sirens of Romantic mysticism. The mysterious woman speaking in Greek about 'homecoming', the blend of Christian Orthodox iconography with Tarot yield a merry-go-round of mesmerizing moments. Hidden gem, highly recommended.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Night Tide

    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.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Night Tide

    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.

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