Curse of the Demon (1957) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
After establishing his signature style with such moody classics as Cat People and I Walked with a Zombie, Jacques Tourneur returned to peak form with the first-rate supernatural thriller Curse of the Demon. It’s a horror-noir set in England, adapted from the M.R. James story “Casting the Runes” and built around the ominous notion that black arts—particularly the use of ancient runic symbols—can summon a deadly beast from hell. Dana Andrews is the stubborn American skeptic, determined to debunk a genteel occultist (Niall MacGinnis) whose evil powers are ultimately incontestable. The briefly seen demon may be cheesy by latter-day standards, but its nightmarish appearance—and Tourneur’s masterful use of subtle suggestion, threatening atmosphere, and eerie special effects—make Curse of the Demon one of the best horror films of the 1950s. This splendid DVD offers the longer British version Night of the Demon for film-buff comparison; it’s essentially the same film with a few extended scenes. Both are highly recommended.
About Curse of the Demon (1957)
Starring: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham, Athene Seyler
Director: Jacques Tourneur