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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic chiller, 13 Aug 2007
This review is from: Night Of The Demon [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 31 Oct 2010 14:07:28 GMT
DS says:
Have you actually bought this DVD? It's just that the product description clearly states that it includes BOTH the British and American cuts...

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2010 12:40:39 GMT
S J Buck says:
Its over 3 years since I wrote the review, but my vague recollection is that when I reviewed the product originally it was only a single disc, with one version of the film. So I suspect the version for sale now is not the same as the one I own.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2010 08:19:14 GMT
DS says:
OK - FYI this new release is still a single disc, but you can choose which version to watch (the US one just had a few scences cut, and the running order of a few others changed slightly)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2010 00:18:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Nov 2010 00:26:04 GMT
S J Buck is correct, it's not his fault it's amazons. They sometimes use the same reviews of all dvd releases for a film, which is why it's confusing. If you look carefully, you will see at the top of each review the exact dvd version. S J Buck's review is from an older release and the date he reviewed it makes it obvious too.

Also if you look in the reviewer details, it will show you the exact dvd version he reviewed. It is definitely the older UK release. Click on it and you will understand exactly what I mean. It just annoys me that's all when people get attacked like the reviewer here, as I have had abuse too, being accused of reviewing the wrong product when in fact amazon messed up not me.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2013 20:34:12 GMT
Bedinog says:
Quite right, John, it must be the most complained about, misleading and frustrating feature of Amazon customer reviews.
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