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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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Drake
Linda Lawson ...
Gavin Muir ...
Capt. Samuel Murdock
Ellen Sands
Marjorie Eaton ...
Madame Romanovitch
Tom Dillon ...
Merry-Go-Round Operator (Ellen's Grandfather)
H.E. West ...
Lt. Henderson
Ben Roseman ...
Marjorie Cameron ...
Water Witch (as Cameron)


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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Release Date:

17 September 1965 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Girl from Beneath the Sea  »

Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The seagull's beak was wired shut to prevent it from injuring the actors. See more »


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 »

Crazy Credits

'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 »


Referenced in Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature (2001) See more »


Written by Jimmy Bond
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intriguing offbeat oddity
9 October 2005 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Released one year prior to the atmospheric, surreal horror classic "Carnival of Souls," "Night Tide" is a similarly bizarre film that radiates an odd effect. Johnny (a young Dennis Hopper) falls in love with Mora (Linda Lawson), a sideshow performer who might also be a mermaid with a penchant for murdering her lovers. The performances are adequate and realistic, with Hopper conveying a proper balance of lovestruck awe and confusion; Lawson is fittingly remote and enigmatic. Writer-director Curtis Harrington builds a fair amount of suspense and limits the action to several effective dream sequences, thereby retaining a surreal mood. Not as wild as Jack Hill's "Spider Baby," nor as subtly brilliant as "Carnival of Souls," "Night Tide" is a diverting in-between that's worth a look.

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