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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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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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Lovers caught in a dark tide of sinister TERROR! See more »

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17 September 1965 (Mexico)  »

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Girl from Beneath the Sea  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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It was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 1961 by its original distributor, Filmgroup. In 1963 AIP acquired the rights and gave it a wider distribution. See more »

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During the breakfast scene, with each camera cut the cup Mora is holding switches 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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Referenced in Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (2001) See more »

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Effective and moody portrayal of loneliness. Fans of "Carnival of Souls" and "Incubus" will enjoy
24 April 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Nearly every review of this film calls it a "mood piece", and thats certainly accurate. Those expecting a quickly-paced drive-in horror film will be disappointed. However, those who enjoy atmosphere and character driven fantasy-horror films, such as "Carnival of Souls", will probably appreciate this. Curtis Harrington seemed to be at his best when making this, judging from "Queen of Blood" and this. It could've used a few more horror elements, but overall this was a memorable little film. It was slowly paced yet never dull and ultimately an effective portrayal of loneliness.

Dennis Hopper, turning in probably the most restrained performance of his career, does a good job in his first starring role. Those familiar only with his hippie period ("Easy Rider") and the comeback usually playing over-the-top villains ("Blue Velvet", "River's Edge"), will be surprised at how atypical his parts used to be. Its far from a perfect performance (hes a bit too low-key at times), but gives a lot of emotion for his character. The same can be said for Linda Lawson, playing a mysterious, yet like Hopper ultimately sympathetic character. What makes this more impressive for me than your normal slash-and-dice effort (and will probably disappoint fans of such) is there's no actual monsters or villains. However, fans of moody and atmospheric fantasy-horror films such as the works of Val Lewton will find much to enjoy. I'm looking forward to a second viewing. The only major flaw in the film is the rather deus-ex-machina conclusion, but even that can be overlooked in retrospect. (7/10)


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