Curse of the Demon | Chicago Reader

Curse of the Demon

Rated NR 95 minutes 1958

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. Originally known as Night of the Demon.

Film Credits

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Writer: M.R. James, Charles Bennett, Hal E. Chester and Cy Endfield

Producer: Frank Bevis and Hal E. Chester

Cast: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham, Athene Seyler, Liam Redmond, Reginald Beckwith, Ewan Roberts, Peter Elliott, Rosamund Greenwood, Richard Leech, Lloyd Lamble, Peter Hobbs, Charles Lloyd Pack, John Salew and Percy Herbert

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