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Night Tide (1961)

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On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, ... See full summary »

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Johnny Drake
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Gavin Muir ...
Capt. Samuel Murdock
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Ellen Sands
Marjorie Eaton ...
Madame Romanovitch
Tom Dillon ...
Merry-Go-Round Operator (Ellen's Grandfather)
H.E. West ...
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Ben Roseman ...
Bruno
Marjorie Cameron ...
Water Witch (as Cameron)
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On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and he learns that she plays a mermaid in the local carnival. After strange occurrences, Johnny begins to believe that she may actually be a real mermaid that habitually kills during the cycle of the full moon. Written by <VRSC26B@PRODIGY.COM>

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Sensual ecstasy becomes supernatural terror! See more »

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17 September 1965 (Mexico)  »

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A Noite do Terror  »

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Writer/director Curtis Harrington had a lifelong obsession with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, which surfaced in many of his films. The story was inspired by, and the title "Night Tide" was derived from, Poe's poem "Annabel Lee." See more »

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As Johnny and Mora arrive at the dive spot in the motor boat, a medium camera shot shows Mora suited up with dive tank and dive mask on her head. The shot then switches to a close up, but now we see Mora has no dive mask on, and in fact, we see Johnny holding both his and Mora's masks in his hands. See more »

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'And so, all the night tide, I lie down by the side of my darling - my darling - my life and my bride, in her sepulchre there by the sea, in her tomb by the sounding sea.' Edgar Allen Poe (from 'Annabel Lee') See more »

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Stylish low-budget mood piece...
27 November 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Sailor on shore-leave meets and falls for a mysterious woman who works as a carnival mermaid on the California coast. Is she a neurotic or actually a descendant of the Sirens? Moody mystery isn't quite the thriller it was advertised as. It has a straightforward narrative and very few actual surprises, but there are surreal bits, a great beatnik party on the beach, terrific black-and-white cinematography, and handsome, pre-hippie Dennis Hopper at his most grounded and friendly (and polite!). The film hopes to absorb its audience by means of atmosphere and little red herrings, not big shocks. I admired the film, but it's not to every taste. **1/2 from ****


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