Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
American professor John Holden arrives in London for a conference on parapsychology only to discover that the colleague he was supposed to meet was killed in a freak accident the day before. It turns out that the deceased had been investigating a cult lead by Dr. Julian Karswell. Though a skeptic, Holden is suspicious of the devil-worshiping Karswell. Following a trail of mysterious manuscripts, Holden enters a world that makes him question his faith in science.
You could learn a lot from children. They believe in things in the dark, although we tell them it's not so. Maybe we've been fooling them.
- Joanna Harrington
Tourneur creates labyrinths out of a few corridors in his first 'horror' film in around about a decade. It's a nightmarish old tale of witchcraft and demons which is obsessed with the absence of facts or knowledge, and there's hardly any distinction between interiors and exteriors - they're both equally dark and hostile. I have a particular disliking for the 'obstinate professor' character type but Andrews is a more than compelling actor and MacGinnis' demonic cult leader acts as a great contrast too. The titular demon is an…
I wonder if Chris Carter ever caught this film before he created The X Files?
The reason I ask is not because there are massive similarities between this and his landmark TV series. It's more to do with the way the two main characters are handled and how they differ not only in their beliefs but how they continue to staunchly retain those beliefs even in the face of sometimes overwhelming evidence.
So, for every peculiar event that Dana Andrews, an American psychologist who has travelled to the UK to expose a self-styled 'wizard' and possible Satan worshipper as a fraud, he never caves in to admitting to what might be going on.…
An American hypnotherapist travels to England to host a lecture on the myths of Witchcraft and Devil Worship and how they affect people on a deep psychological level. In order to achieve that, he and his colleagues are set to discredit a well known witch doctor/black magician, an idea that results in some of them hexed and doomed to be destroyed by a fire demon from hell.
Filled with references to black magic, demonology and the occult, 'Night of the Demon' is the kind of movie I would have expected to see in the late 60s or early 70s, but not in the fifties. The battle between belief and skepticism begins in an academic level and slowly turns in to…
Essentially an expansion on the perennial theme of Tourneur's earlier horror movies with Val Lewton - the conflict and ambiguity between logic and the supernatural, but less elegant (and, with those genuinely scary shots of the actual demon, much less ambiguous!) than any of those. Still pleasantly relentless in its slow tightening of the noose around Dana Andrews' neck, almost like in a Cornell Woolrich story, and it's kind of funny how his stubbornness in the face of such blatant evidence that he's been hexed starts to seem like the exact opposite of the scientific empiricism he's going for.
Inspector: "Spare me a minute sir, there's a doctor John Holden outside sir."
Superintendent: "The psychology chap?"
Inspector: "That's it sir. It's, um, a bit awkward- he's uh… it seem's he's bewitched, you know, broomsticks and all that. Think's he's being followed by something. Apparently he's going to die tomorrow night."
Tourneur brings his trademark atmospheric touch to this British supernatural mystery thriller. Dana Andrews is the hard-headed American non-believer investigating a mysterious death linked to a wealthy practitioner of the dark arts. Aside from the rubber creature effects, it's very much a throwback to pulp 1930's-style haunted house investigation stories. Unlike the classic gothic mystery, the villain is not unmasked, Scooby-Doo-like, to reveal a mundane cause for the suspected…
"Maybe it's better not to know."
“Night of the Demon”, dirigida por Jacques Tourneur (quien también dirigió la gran cinta ‘noir’ “Out of the Past”) es una clásica cinta de horror que juega con la idea de la superstición colectiva y lo sobrenatural. Nuestro protagonista es un hombre escéptico que se dedica a exponer fraudes cuando se topa con la muerte de un profesor bajo circunstancias muy extrañas. Al parecer este fue víctima de una maldición demoniaca.
“Night of the Demon” es una película atmosférica más interesada en la investigación que en los sustos. Esta fue lanzada en dos versiones (la norteamericana con el título de “Curse of the Demon” y editada) y representa una propuesta valiosa dentro del género. Recomendable.
Tourneur made his name with the horror pictures he shot for Val Lewton at RKO in the '40's and towards the end of his career he returned to the genre for one last hurrah.
Just like in the earlier films, reason is pitted against superstition as a skeptical psychologist (portrayed by the ever-reliable Andrews) delves into the occult with potentially lethal consequences.
The studio imposed tacked-on glimpses of the demon are superfluous but nevertheless this is still a very effective chiller..
Parte do meu momento cinematográfico de vida, ir no São Luiz assistir isso. Valeu.
Through lushly realized cinematography, rich nightscapes suffuse with dark shadows, thick fog, and elegantly deployed lighting, and remarkably expressive direction, canted angles handheld immediacy and distortions that suggest the hazy border between delusional hysteria and the supernatural, Tourneur and cinematographer Scaife create an indelibly entrancing, atmospherically haunting, ethereal world. Setting Andrews's impossibly square-jawed, scientific skeptic in a world that seems stuck in a limbo between the supernatural other world and reality, Tourneur evokes the doubt and paranoia of the cool headed protagonist as he begins to question the reality of the world around him, slowly ratcheting up the paranoid atmosphere around Andrews until the swirling intensity of the plot reaches heady heights in the schizophrenic intensity of the hypnotism scene and builds to an intense climax in the train station.
Former Val Lewton director Jacques Tourneur scored luck on his own in lensing various film noirs and thriller,swith this British horror outing being one of his best post-Lewton efforts,as Dana Andrews is a visiting American professor in England who is to meet a good fiend,only to learn that he was killed in a mysterious accident while investigating a goatee sporting Satanist professor(Niall MacGinnis). When Andrews and his close friend Peggy Cummins(GUN CRAZY) take on investigating MacGinnis,they are terrorized by various supernatural forces that are linked to a large winged demon that can conjured to kill someone,with Andrews desperate to break free from the spell. It is a very atmospheric and chilling film that takes its time in building upon both…
Alright, let's begin by being brutally honest - "Curse of the Demon" starts off by committing the cardinal horror sin of showing its monster right away. To make matters worse, the monster is a rubbery puppet whose appearance makes it nearly impossible to take seriously.
And that's only the start of the movie's problems.
As much as I wanted to love this movie on the simple basis of "Jacques Tourneur horror movie", I honestly can't say this is any better than just halfway decent, an opinion made more harsh when compared with Tourneur's work with Val Lewton. It has more than a few points in its favor - the photography is utterly gorgeous, there are a few good suspenseful scenes,…
The perfect Halloween film.
"Maybe it's better not to know."
Jacques Tourneur horror with Dana Andrews as a skeptical scientist attempting to debunk an occultist. Some effective direction by Tourneur coupled with the fog-enshrouded landscapes help lend a strong atmosphere. Dana Andrews is kind of bland but Niall MacGinnis is effective as the cult leader. Not as strong as the Lewton collaborations, a good companion piece nonetheless.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…