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July 1958 (USA) See more »
Who will be the next in line to defy the curse? See more »
American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ever wonder where the RHPS line "Dana Andrews said prunes, gave him the runes" came from? This is the movie! See more (187 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dana Andrews ... John Holden

Peggy Cummins ... Joanna Harrington

Niall MacGinnis ... Doctor Karswell
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)
John Salew ... Librarian
Janet Barrow ... Mrs. Hobart (deleted from US print)

Percy Herbert ... Farmer (deleted from US print)
Lynn Tracy ... Air Hostess (deleted from US print)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clare Asher ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Michelle Aslanoff ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Hyma Beckley ... Scientific Conference Audience (uncredited)

Ballard Berkeley ... 1st Reporter (uncredited)
Shay Gorman ... Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
John Harvey ... Hobart's Brother (uncredited)
Irene Hollis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Walter Horsbrugh ... Bates the Butler (uncredited)
Yvette Hosler ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Howell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Anthony John ... Child (uncredited)
Michael Peake ... 2nd Reporter (uncredited)
Anthony Richmond ... Urchin (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ... Ticket Collector (uncredited)
Robert Brooks Turner ... Hobart family member (uncredited)
The Blake Twins ... Minor Roles (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Writing credits
Charles Bennett (screenplay) and
Hal E. Chester (screenplay)

M.R. James (story "Casting the Runes") (as Montague R. James)

Cy Endfield  uncredited

Produced by
Frank Bevis .... producer
Hal E. Chester .... executive producer
Original Music by
Clifton Parker 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography) (as Ted Scaife)
Film Editing by
Michael Gordon 
Casting by
Robert Lennard 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Makeup Department
Betty Lee .... hair stylist
Production Management
R.L.M. Davidson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Basil Keys .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter Glazier .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Arthur Bradburn .... sound recordist
Charles Crafford .... dubbing editor
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects
S.D. Onions .... special effects photography
Wally Veevers .... special effects
Bryan Langley .... special effects (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Pamela Gayler .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Night of the Demon" - UK (original title)
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95 min | USA:82 min (American Release is 13 mins shorter than original version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-12 (2016) (TV) | Finland:K-16 (1958) | Netherlands:18 | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating: 2 features Night of the Demon/Curse of the Demon: 179min 2 sec) (2007) | UK:12 (video rating: Curse of the Demon) (1996) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18459) | USA:TV-PG (TV Rating)

Did You Know?

The source story for this film, "Casting of the Runes", was also adapted into a radio play of that name for the anthology radio programme "Escape". The story was also adapted twice for British television, first as an episode of the anthology series "Mystery and Imagination" in 1968, and again as an episode of "ITV Playhouse" in 1979.See more »
Miscellaneous: When Holden visits Stonehenge the shot pans from the car toward the Stones. The car's door is left open, wavering in the breeze. Yet this is the passenger door, and as Holden is carrying nothing save the runic parchment, and he is alone, there is no reason for this door to be open.See more »
[first lines]
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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Ever wonder where the RHPS line "Dana Andrews said prunes, gave him the runes" came from? This is the movie!, 30 November 2003
Author: Gafke from United States

"Curse of the Demon" (aka "Night of the Demon") is one of those weird little lost films that everyone agrees is wonderful and yet very few people seem to have actually seen. This is one of those rare British movies that is set, not in the city, but rather in the chilly, fog-choked countryside where little seems to have changed since Stonehenge was built. Niall McGinnis holds sway here as the impish leader of a Satanic cult, who swiftly dispatches of his critics by summoning a huge, horrific demon to rip them to shreds.

Into this isolated world walks psychologist John Holden, played by yet another seriously underrated actor, Dana Andrews. Andrews, who made a name for himself playing tough guys in films like "Laura" and "The Best Years of Our Lives" is wonderful here as the skeptical, even slightly smarmy, American who absolutely refuses to believe in demons, even when strange, unexplainable things begin to happen to him. Peggy Cummins is his love interest, the open minded schoolteacher whose uncle may have been a victim of the Demon. Niall McGinnis is disturbingly likable as the head of the Demon Cult, chucking aside a chance to play Aleister Crowley and opting for Benny Hill instead. He is very disarming as the films central villain, and Andrews confusion mirrors our own as the movie stalks relentlessly through a seance, a stormy Halloween party and a frightening hypnosis session to its surprisingly violent conclusion.

This movie is, by turns, sarcastically funny, suffocatingly tense and shockingly scary. The demon looks a little corny nowadays, and was revealed much too quickly with no suspenseful build-up, but the movie is so smart, so moody, so creepy and well done with an excellent cast to boot, that one can easily forgive the demon, which looks a lot like a slightly deformed bear with a pig nose and goat horns.

This is an excellent adaption of the short story "Casting the Runes" by M. R. James and still has the power to scare even 50 years later. Highly recommended!

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