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Night Of The Demon [DVD]

Dana Andrews , Peggy Cummins , Jacques Tourneur    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham, Athene Seyler
  • Directors: Jacques Tourneur
  • Producers: Frank Bevis, Hal E. Chester
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TQLJN2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,491 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Classic slice of 1950s psychological horror. Dana Andrews stars as American psychologist Dr John Holden, who arrives in London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the aim of exposing devil cult leader Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis) as a charlatan and a fraud. On his arrival, Holden learns that the leader of the symposium, Henry Harrington (Maurice Denham), has suddenly died in mysterious circumstances - but Holden, a hardened sceptic, refuses to believe that Karswell could have had a hand in this, and accepts an invitation to stay at Karswell's estate along with Harrington's niece, Joanna (Peggy Cummins). Once there, however, a series of strange occurrences begins by which even the sceptical Holden becomes disturbed...

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite film of all time 18 Oct 2010
I don't normally write these reviews, but I could not let this go without awarding it 5 stars. It's my all time top film and has been for many years. I can recite the words along with the film, have visited Bricket Wood station just because the finale was filmed there. I could go on and on - but I won't.
If you have never watched this film before, you are in for a wonderful atmospheric horror movie that oozes atmosphere. If you have seen it - you'll know just how brilliant it is!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Demon debate 5 Aug 2011
Incredible film, well worth the wait, but what a pity we did have to wait so long.

Regarding the Demon debate, whether or not it should have been shown, Tony Earnshaw's book on the making of the film, Beating the Devil, covers the matter pretty well, including some quotes from Tourneur and other crew members that seem to be contradictory; that is, in most places he seems adamant that the demon did not appear by his design, but in one or two others it seems that he was not just aware, but also active in placing it within the film. Personally, I suspect that the truth can be found by watching the film itself. There are two elements to the Demon special effect: the long shot, which is absolutely stunning, particularly given the low budget on which it was achieved; the other is a rather pathetic man in a monster suit, which appears very briefly, and could be seen as justification of Tourneur's repugnance for the appearance of the Demon. I have no doubt it is only these few dozen frames featuring the rubber clad SFX man that could have caused the director's consternation. The shame of it is that they could easily have been left out without affecting the film in anything but a positive manner.

MAKE NO MISTAKE - The appearance of the Demon is incredible, adding to and complimenting the film, and ultimately being the thing that stamps the film in the mind. Without it, the film would have still been great, but I suspect it would not have fascinated so many minds for so many years. Any pseudo intellectual babble about it spoiling the film in any way is ill conceived. It is only a few frames that do the damage, not the presence of the demon itself, and they are not enough to take away from the over all effect.
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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic chiller 13 Aug 2007
Night of the Demon is one of the greatest films of the 1950's. A cult classic that holds up to repeated viewings. The film is based on the M R James story 'Cast the Runes' and features Dana Andrews as John Holden, a sceptical psychologist who scepticism begins to ebb away after he meets Dr Julian Karswell.

Karswell is played brilliantly by Niall MacGinnis and there are a number of marvellous scenes between Holden and Karswell. Perhaps the best being a scene in the London Library. Of the remaining cast Maurice Denham is deserving of mention for his small but crucial role as Professor Harrington.

Although it is often quoted that the director Jacques Tournier did not want the Demon shown in the film at all, but bowed to pressure from the producers, the Demon when it appears is a remarkable special effects creation for 1957. Tournier was probably right but it doesn't spoil the film that much.

Originally there were two versions of this film an American cut called 'Curse of the Demon' which ran to 82mins and the British cut 'Night of the Demon' which ran to 95mins. The version on this DVD seems to be closer to the British cut.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One hell of a time !! 13 Sep 2010
This film is simply exellent.
I first saw this film on television in the 80's when BBC2 used to show a double bill of horror films on Saturday nights.
This dvd features both the U.K and the U.S versions of the film. The U.K version runs longer.

Highly recommended !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The seminal supernatural thriller 20 Aug 2011
I first saw this film while still at school. One of the TV stations used to run a double bill of horror films on a Friday night. I think it was roundabout 1970; I was fifteen at the time.

Where do all the years go? I loved it then and knew that in someway it was a cut above the usual Hammer horror fair. My only gripe is that it is in black and white; I know this doesn't detract from the film for some people but I have never been a big lover of black-and-white photos of films. Having said this I still appreciate the film for what it is, a landmark in supernatural, suspense, and horror filmmaking.

I love the 1950s period and even in 1970 it seemed a world away from the present. The tension builds with a sceptical Dana Andrews (Professor John Holden) slowly coming to terms with what he is facing with the help of Peggy Cummings's character Joanna Harrington. There are some genuinely eerily sinister occurrences along the way.

Some have said that it would be better to see the demon at the end or even not at all but on the other hand after seeing it you know that its not John Holden's imagination and although he doesn't believe we know its real. The race is on to see if he can be persuaded and "redeemed" from a grisly end.

The sequence in the hotel is quite interesting and atmospheric; the whistling of the demon can be heard in the corridor. Shaken Dana Andrews enters the room only to find a group of scientists awaiting him. I have never forgot the words of the Indian gentleman (Hari Kumar) when he says, "the Devil is at his most dangerous when he's been friendly" and that his belief in demons is absolute.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Been looking for this film for a long while. Really takes me back to my childhood.
Published 2 days ago by Miss Corinna Fincham
5.0 out of 5 stars This film scared me when I was a youngster - ...
This film scared me when I was a youngster - still does a bit now! Every time I hear the song running up that hill - it begins with a classic line from this film "it's in the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ms. L. Bunton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thoroughly enjoyed
Published 7 days ago by gill cotton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great horror films
This terrified me as a child and is probably partly responsible for a lifelong interest in this sort of thing which might not be entirely healthy ;-) Some superb character acting... Read more
Published 22 days ago by J. Reeve
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
One of the best horror films of all time. Moody atmosphere, great acting and creepy throughout. Full of suspense right up until the end.
Published 1 month ago by patrickmrchips
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror movies
This is a real classic and one of the best supernatural films ever made.A credit to film making in the 50's and even better in black and white. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Geoffrey Silkstone
5.0 out of 5 stars These Runes will be your Ruin!
I never tire of watching this film, it's pacing is superb. So many good bits to it, I particularly like the scene in the British museum when the Dana Andrews character sees... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Armchair Pundit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have this on DVD
I first saw this film many moons ago when a teenager and at some stage recorded it on a VHS tape. I watch it again every couple of years and although I know the ins and outs of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Movie!
This film, based very loosely on the MR James short story, is actually one of the best scary movies around. Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by N. Keys
5.0 out of 5 stars Night of the Demon review
This is one of the best horror films ever made. What makes it great are a high quality script, fine acting and a powerfull sense of atmosphere conjured up by the creepy black and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul
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