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Curse of the Demon (1957)
"Night of the Demon" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  July 1958 (USA)
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Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader, Julian Karswell. Holden is a skeptic and does not believe in ... See full summary »

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Joanna Harrington
Niall MacGinnis ...
Maurice Denham ...
Professor Harrington
Athene Seyler ...
Mrs. Karswell
Liam Redmond ...
Mark O'Brien
Reginald Beckwith ...
Mr. Meek
Ewan Roberts ...
Lloyd Williamson
Peter Elliott ...
Kumar
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Mrs. Meek
Brian Wilde ...
Rand Hobart
Richard Leech ...
Inspector Mottram
Lloyd Lamble ...
Detective Simmons
Peter Hobbes ...
Superintendent
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Chemist (as Charles Lloyd-Pack)
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Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader, Julian Karswell. Holden is a skeptic and does not believe in Karswell's power. Nonetheless, he accepts an invitation to stay at Karswell's estate, along with Joanna Harrington, niece of Holden's confidant who was electrocuted in a bizarre automobile accident. Karswell secretly slips a parchment into Holden's papers that might possibly be a death curse. Recurring strange events finally strike fear into Holden, who believes that his only hope is to pass the parchment back to Karswell to break the demonic curse. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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In the movie "The Burbs", Tom Hanks' character (Ray) is in his basement with the paranoid neighbor (Art) who is trying to convince him that the Klopeks next door are actually Satanists. When he shows Ray an old book to make his point, take a look at the title and especially the author. "The Theory and Practice of Demonolgy" is supposedly written by none other than Julian Karswell. Someone....perhaps a writer, the Director or the Props Manager was apparently out to pay homage to Curse of the Demon. See more »

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At the end when Dr. John Holden passes the parchment to Dr. Julian Karswell and it flies away, a thin wire is visible that special effects used to guide the parchment along the tracks as Karswell chases it. See more »

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Narrator: It has been written since the beginning of time, even unto these ancient stones, that evil supernatural creatures exist in a world of darkness. And it is also said man using the magic power of the ancient runic symbols can call forth these powers of darkness, the demons of Hell.
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One of the greatest horror/suspense movies ever made
24 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Listen. Get yourself the biggest screen possible (preferably with a good front projection TV), turn out the lights, sit back with your popcorn and soda, and get ready for an evening of unrelenting suspense. Directed by Jacques Tournear, whose other classics include "The Leopard Man," Robert Mitchum's "Out of the Past," and "Cat People," one viewing of this film will readily illustrate to you why Hollywood's audiences are dwindling. This movie is what good movie making is all about; this movie knows what it's intention is and executes it beautifully. When you see this film, you will think to yourself, "Why can't they make them like this anymore?" If you thought "The Others" was a good movie (which I did) then you will like this one. "The Others," by the way, is one of the few exceptions to my negative criticism above.

I'm not going to reveal any of the plot. Watch it without knowing anything about the plot; let the story unfold on you as it does to Dana Andrews. You'll be glad you did.

The film is available on DVD in the USA and longer English versions. The only difference I saw in the two versions is that the USA version cuts out a few unnecessary words that add nothing to the story.

Anyway, give this movie a viewing. You'll be glad you did.


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