13 Movies for Halloween

To celebrate Halloween I will post 13 of my favorite Halloween movies or T.V. Shows, with a short review, every night until Halloween!

Friday’s movie was chosen and reviewed by Kim!

curse-of-the-demon“When a psychologist’s colleague is murdered, he denies that it is the work of the devil, until he himself becomes the next target.”

Filmed in Britain by esteemed Paris-born, generally U.S.-based director Jacques Tourneur, 1957’s Curse of the Demon, aka Nightthe Demonof the Demon, receives a well-deserved 100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  The story was based on the famous horrific short story “Casting the Runes” by M. R. James.  In brief, John Holden (Dana Andrews) travels from the U.S. to England to attend a parapsychology conference.  Along with spunky Joanna (Peggy Cummins), he finds that something truly awful is happening and apparently tied to Professor Karswell (Niall MacGinniss).  Indeed, Karswell dabbles in the black arts.  As Holden gets closer to his secret, Karswell tries his darnedest to put him out of commission.  However, his ploy backfires.  Some have argued that showing the demon was unnecessary, even a mistake, but others have countered with, “What fun would that be?”  Back in the early days of the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland (first published in 1958), a six-foot poster of the demon or a facsimile thereof could be had from the Captain Company.  Taped to a teen’s bedroom door, it scared the crap out of unsuspecting parents on their way to bed.

-Kim

Summary and image taken from catalog.ccls.org.

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