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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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Trivia

Jacques Tourneur originally planned to shoot the movie without directly showing the monster, but the studio insisted that the monster was shown and added shots of it in post-production, allegedly without Tourneur's consent or involvement. 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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underappreciated gem
16 April 2004 | by (sparks nv) – See all my reviews

"Curse of the Demon" aka "Night of the Demon" is a wonderful set-piece study of the macabre, skillfully acted by Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, and the delightfully malevolent Niall MacGinnis, and masterfully directed by Jacques Tournier, a director who can turn even the warmest smile into something sinister. Andrews plays a psychiatrist determined to debunk the world of the occult, but instead nearly falls victim to a monstrous demon summoned by MacGinnis. At one point in the film MacGinnis, dressed in a clown suit, takes on an aura of pure demonic power under Tournier's direction, and it's a joy to watch. The effects, including the demon itself, are simple but surprisingly effective, and serve to highlight, rather than overpower, the actors and the storyline. Based on the story "Casting the Runes", this mostly-forgotten film is a masterpiece of scripting, editing, acting, and direction, and shouldn't be missed. We thoroughly recommend it for anyone who likes a nice, quiet little horror story played with an almost Hitchcockian subtlety that's rare nowadays.


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