Saturday, 26 November 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 338: Sun Dec 4

Night of the Demon (Tourneur, 1957): Picturehouse Central, 1pm

This brilliant horror film is part of the 'Warning to the Curious' season at Picturehouse cinemas. You can find the full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
A major work in that minor genre, horror movies. Intelligent, delicate, and actually frightening (no kidding), this 1958 feaure was directed by Jacques Tourneur, author of many of the best of Val Lewton's famous series of B-budget shockers. A shot or two of a cheesy monster (insisted upon by the producer) are the only violations of the film's sublime allusiveness, through which the unseen acquires a palpitating presence. Tourneur is attempting a rational apprehension of the irrational, examining not so much the supernatural itself but the insecurities it springs from and the uses it may be put to. With Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins (of 
Gun Crazy), and Niall MacGinnis in a witty, Hitchcockian performance as an urbane warlock.
Dave Kehr
Here (and above) is the trailer.

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