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Curse of the Demon + Night of the Demon (Ws) [1958] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]

Dana Andrews , Peggy Cummins , Jacques Tourneur    DVD
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  • Actors: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham, Athene Seyler
  • Directors: Jacques Tourneur
  • Writers: Hal E. Chester, Charles Bennett, Cy Endfield, M.R. James
  • Producers: Frank Bevis, Hal E. Chester
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000694WH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil Of A Good Time 26 Sep 2005
This is a slick cat-and-mouse-game movie. Dana Andrews, perhaps best known for the beautifully filmed murder classic Laura, plays American pscycholigist John Holden, who journey's to England in order to debunk a so-called Satan-worshipping cult-leader. Instead, he finds himself pitted in a pscychological and spiritual war against a real-life head of a devil cult. At stake is his soul.
I've heard Dana Andrews described as "the aging leading man" when refering to this role, but he looks fit, and performs in top shape. The entire supporting British cast is wonderful, and co-star Niall McGinnis, who plays the part of cult leader Karswell, is at first a genteel, likable middle-aged man, even fearful at times, but he is determined in his evil beliefs and acts.
The movie begins with the "accidental death/murder" of a fellow pscychologist of Holden's, which leads to his staunch investigation into the cult and its leader. As he nears the truth, his owned "cursed" life begins to take on a distorted, frightening twist. He is on a countdown to his own murder(literally predicted to the hour and second by his nemisis), by a horrific fire-demon that will tear his soul from his body and carry him to the depths of hell. The movie really picks up pace in the last act, where Dr. Holden and his investigative team interviews an ex-cult member accused of murder while under hypnosis. The horror coming out in the man's testimony, and the following panic-maddened flight into death, leads Holden on his own break-neck-speed flight, to do a final battle of wits with Karswell.
This DVD includes both the shortened American version, "Curse of the Demon", and the longer (better) British version, "Night of the Demon." Both are presented in widescreen.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adaptation of a gothic chiller 26 Nov 2004
The movie is an interpretation of M R James's gothic short story Casting The Runes, and is generally considered by fans of the horror genre to be a cult British classic. Fans of M R James on the other hand appear to prefer alternative adaptations of his work, such as the many made-for-TV BBC productions.
While I'm a big fan of M R James I still absolutely love this movie, probably because I saw it first as a teenager, and was intrigued then by the central conceit of the story. Karswell, the dark magician, can summon a demon to murder his victim, but only if the victim unknowingly accepts from Karswell a runic curse carried on a piece of parchment. The climax to the movie, which turns on this maguffin, is one of the best of its kind.
There are many memorable scenes in this film, aside from those where the demon makes an appearance, although these too are genuinely spooky, particularly the accompanying sound and visual effects. Look out for the seance scene, and the scene where Karswell conjures up a storm at the children's party. Fans of Kate Bush may also recognise the cry "It's in the trees" as a sample on her Hounds of Love album.
The villain in M R James' original story was allegedly based on an infamous occultist of the day, and it was rumoured that James wrote the story as a means of defaming this particular individual (whose name escapes me - my apologies). While totally fanciful in the cold light of day, the possibility that the Karswell character may have once existed edges more into the corners of your mind as you watch this film on a cold, winter's night. Enjoy.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A horror film like no other 19 Dec 2003
The only feature film to my knowledge to be based on the work of English writer M. R. James, the inevitable compromises involved in transferring this story to the small screen in no way dilute the effect. Much has been written about the decision to show the "monster" not only at the end but at the beginning of the film: James, of course, never "shows" it at all, but to my mind the sequences with the demon do not harm the film at all. With the possible exception of Dana Andrews as the male lead, the performances are pitch-perfect. Niall McGinnis as the magician Karswell is particularly good--watch the way he casts a weather spell about halfway through. The music, by Clifton Parker, is wonderfully atmospheric. All in all a classic of the genre. I've been waiting for a DVD of this for some time. Now all we need is a release on Region 2...
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a true classic 7 Feb 2007
the special effects are pretty much the sort of thing that you'd expect from a film made in 1958, but this is still without doubt one of the greatest horror films of all time.

not only is it genuinely frightening, but it has the kind of charm and fast-paced appeal that will make you want to watch it time and time again.

you actually get two movies on this DVD: the British version ('Night of the Demon') and the truncated US rearrangement ('Curse of the Demon'), and both of them are just ace!

no fancy FX; just a great story with great directing!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars atmospheric chiller 3 Jan 2005
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I agree with all the previous reviewers. This is a superb film. Im not too sure whether the demon should have been left in the imagination, the demon shown on the track was quite scary when I first viewed the film as a teenager, but now with a more jaundiced eye seems quite obviously contrived. However this is but a minor criticism. The atmospherics conjured up (pun intended)are brilliant. A must see film. By the way Humanbean I think the Magician (or Magickian as he would have preferred) you refer to was Aleister Crowley the Great Beast .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic psychological horror, + that bit from Hounds of Love
I been wanting to see this ever since I was a kid, and I wasn't disappointed - truly creepy and tense. Read more
Published 5 days ago by peedubbayaherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic ghost story. I know it's region 1 but you can get a cheapish...
Watched this when it first came out. Still one of the best adaptations of our most famous ghost story writer.
Published 19 days ago by H. Grocott
5.0 out of 5 stars As an old fashion horror movie
This is an old fashion horror movie from 1958 but just exciting just like the movie "The thing that coud't die"
Published 26 days ago by They Wijnands
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic movie!
One of, if not THE best horror films ever made. Buy it. The dvd I recieved is region 1 only so you need to make sure your player can take it, and with the shortened version added... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zepfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Night of the demon 1958. On DVD.
Excellent if you like old fashioned scary movies this one is a devil train watch it in the dark I dare you.
Published 1 month ago by oojimmyflip
5.0 out of 5 stars An eerily effective little gem
Any suggestion of watching this eerily effective little gem might well be dismissed by those brought up on CGI; after all it's in black and white, made in the fifties and featuring... Read more
Published 11 months ago by still searching
5.0 out of 5 stars its all in the story
This is my ALL TIME fave movie of this genre which I regret would be lost on todays younger audience as this is not about effects gore what have you. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars NO.2 IN MY ALL TIME TOP 10
This adaptation of M.R.James "Casting the Runes" is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT in every way.Hats off to Clifton Parker for the fantastic score and Muir Mathieson conductor. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Vlad the emailer
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly classic horror film
For anyone who doesn't know it, this is a classic horror film, old school, relying on a brilliant story and less on special effects. It's based on an M.R. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2012 by Rocket Man
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's in the trees - it's coming!"
One of my favourite films, it's good to find the American and British prints available together on one disc. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by Skylady
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