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.
An early black and white film starring Dennis Hopper playing a young, stars-in-his-eyes Navy lad who meets a beautiful young girl in a seaside town. But the girl has dark secrets! NICE! The story gets off-track in the third act and tips way into the realm of melodrama, but overall the ride getting there is pretty danged enjoyable.
The red herring of the mystery woman never being solved kinda feel ehh...like if there was more surrealism to it then it could have worked, the way it lives it just feels like something he couldnt clear up. But its a nice film that tries to subvert its tropes a bit.
A masterpiece? Hmm, compared to what? It's a quite unusual mix of fantasy and a love story drama with some elements of horror and perhaps film noir - yes, this sounds very unique, but the film doesn't manage to create the feeling of a confusing, delusional fever dream. It's nice to see Dennis Hopper's first main role, but overall acting isn't particularly impressive in this film to say the least...
Making use of the images of a boardwalk amusement park at the edge of a sea the film cleverly plumbs psychological depths in a story of a young innocent who navigates a dark and dangerous world of romantic attraction and delusion to advance toward sexual maturity. At the center is a Tarot reading which outlines both the films’ structure and it’s major themes. A ‘B’ movie surprise.
Calling this a masterpiece, as the quote says in the description, is truly exaggerating. What I liked was the beginning scene in the beatnik jazz club. The way the film picked up the ancient greek myths about sirens was interesting and a bit funny. Mora may be seen as a wink to the 'moirai', the goddesses of destiny. I also didn't dislike the ending, which left the possibiliy open, that Mora really was a mermaid.
Well, I have to say I unexpectedly enjoyed it. I'm deeply fascinated by mythological creatures. Every girl wanted to be a mermaid, once in her life (or riding a unicorn, instead of a pony) – and so I did. This isn't a horror movie at all, but a little fantasy, dreamy nice one.
More a melodrama than a horror flick, I can certainly see the cult appeal to film lovers like me - this is the kind of thing that played on late night TV when I was kid. And even here, Dennis Hopper is a standout. This is a stunning restoration of a really sweet & melancholic B-movie.