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

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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The line of dialogue "It's in the trees! It's coming!" was sampled and used by Kate Bush for the intro of her 1985 song "Hounds of Love". See more »

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When Harrington sees the demon and begins to back out of his garage, a sign on the power-line pole clearly states, "Danger- Danger, live wires", yet when he backs into the pole a moment later the sign, which should be facing the camera, is now missing. 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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It's not what you see, it's what you imagine.
3 August 2003 | by (Glen Ellen, CA) – See all my reviews

"Curse of the Demon" might just be the best horror film I've ever seen. When I saw it for the first time as a teenager in the mid-sixties on television one night, it really frightened me. And even now, at my age, it still gives me goosebumps.

Dana Andrews plays the skeptical American psychologist investigating a devil worship cult in England led by Dr. Karswell, played by Niall MacGinnis. The acting is pretty weak once you get past the two main characters, but it's the craftsmanship of the director that really matters.

Jacques Tourneur manipulates light and shadow to create fear of the unknown in this tale of modern science colliding with ancient sorcery. The monster is pretty tame as far as it goes, but that's not the point. It's not what you see, it's what you imagine that gets to you.

Long, dark corridors ..... dancing shadows ..... strange sounds contrasted with eerie silences ..... the impending sense of doom and apprehension. This film touches our primal fears, like a child waking up during a thunder storm. Is nature an ordered world or can it be manipulated by evil forces?


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