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Night of the Demon 1957

  • Jacques Tourneur
  • December 17, 1957
  • 95 mins
  • English
  • Horror, Mystery
Who will be the next in line to defy the curse?
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.

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Oh, boy! This one is a gem!

I've started watching it lying down and by the final moments, I was sitting up straight, my eyes fixed on the screen, already aware of what was about to happen, but totally interested on how it would be presented.

It's not totally original, but its delivery makes it worthwhile.
For what matters, both the acting and the cinematography are nicely done.
But here, above all, lies is a great script!

What a man of science oughta do when it's someone else's dark moves that can save his own life?
Believe, surrendering to the possibilities of the unknown?
Simply one of the best psychological thrillers, tempered with the supernatural - just for good measure -, that I've seen in my whole life.

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A classic.. The monster's close-up's were added by the studio without Tourneur, (much to his chagrin) making the evil entity less frightening.. Still very much worth a watch

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Gem of a horror movie. Tourneur was a master of his craft.

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