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5.0 out of 5 stars Devil Of A Good Time, 26 Sep 2005
This review is from: Curse of the Demon + Night of the Demon (Ws) [1958] (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import] (DVD)
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. The source print shows little wear or damage, for being such an old film. This is a wonderful, bump-in-the-night thriller. And if the appearance of the demon is dated by todays special effects standards, it is still amazingly well done, and at times frighteningly believable.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2014 02:13:04 BDT
Bomb Bomb says:
I was going to review this film. No need. You've done an excellent job. One of my favourites since I first watched it in the 60's.
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