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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
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Charles Bennett was angry at the changes made to his script by producer Hal E. Chester. In an interview, Bennett said "If [Chester] walked up my driveway right now, I'd shoot him dead." See more »
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 »
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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Despite bearing the title "Curse of the Demon", the print currently available on videotape and television in the USA is actually the original longer (UK) cut. See more »
Only the most boorish could not enjoy a film like Night of the Demon, its an absolute classic. It scared the hell out of me as a kid and it still does now.
Much has been said about the appearance of the Demon at the beginning of the film, I can't help but think that it does lend a certain charm and sets the tone of the film quite nicely though. Few films are so atmospheric, brooding and dark. There is something eminently disturbing about a devil worshipper in clowns make up conjuring the forces of darkness at a kiddies Halloween party. The final scene at the railway station with the screeching, thundering locomotives and the whooshing steam combined with the dramatic music are amazing, and the whole film seems to have the low-key black-and-white style typical of film noir.
If I had to nominate one outstanding performance in this film it would have to be NiallMacGinnis as Julian Karswell, who gives a stunning performance as the leader of the cult. With his pointy beard and charmingly English manner he manages to act rings around Dana Andrews, who somewhat woodenly plays the disbelieving sceptic. In fact I actually found myself siding with the bad guy at some points!
Full points for this one, I only wish that most of todays films could live up to its mark.
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