Monday, May 11, 2009

Night Of The Demon (1957) aka Haunted aka Curse Of The Demon

4.5 / 5
Tagline: Who will be the next in line to defy the curse?
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Written by: M.R. James, Charles Bennett
Actors include: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis
Genre: Horror
Length: 95 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: UK

This was a surprisingly fresh and interesting film with excellent cinematography and a fantastic story. We meet a shrink who goes to a symposium with the intent to learn about a cult leader who is obsessed with the devil. Of course the shrink doesn't believe in this demonic mumbo jumbo. He tries to research the matter but learns the books about the devil aren't available until the cult leader offers to let him read his. Of course things twist and turn from there and before long he has no choice but to believe, but will it be too late? The story is based around a really nifty curse and it actually brings to mind later films like "The Ring". For being visually stunning and unpredictable yet extremely satisfying, this is a must see!

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