Author Topic: Night Of The Demon (1957)  (Read 1774 times)

Re: Night Of The Demon (1957)
« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2021, 11:37:42 PM »
I hope everyone in this thread is familiar with Jacques Tourneur's other masterpiece, Cat People. If not get it remedied, stat:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078ns6/cat-people

Tourneur is unlucky really.  He made at least three movies that are major cult items - Night of the Demon, Cat People and Out of the Past - but the success of each is somehow considered to be almost incidental to his presence in the director's chair.  Out of the Past is seen as an expression of the collective genius of the noir genre, Night of the Demon is sui generis, and Cat People is usually referred to as Val Lewton's Cat People, Lewton being one of the very few producers to attain auteur status.

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Re: Night Of The Demon (1957)
« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2021, 07:57:38 AM »
I recently picked up Cat People in the Criterion sale, and I've been looking forward to it. Think I'll pop it in today.

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Re: Night Of The Demon (1957)
« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2021, 11:30:28 AM »

I'm currently working at the BBC and there are bound copies of every single Radio Times ever published (though three of the volumes from the war years are missing for some reason), so I'll look this one up next chance I get.

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Re: Night Of The Demon (1957)
« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2021, 11:47:27 AM »
You'll be lost for weeks in that library. Take supplies.
Yeah it's amazing.  I was looking at the last issue that came out before war was declared.  In the schedule was a live TV performance of some play which of course never was aired, but fourth billed in the cast list was James Mason!  There's loads of nuggets like that.  And of course the features, the letters, the adverts...

Re: Night Of The Demon (1957)
« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2021, 09:10:45 PM »
I recently picked up Cat People in the Criterion sale, and I've been looking forward to it. Think I'll pop it in today.

The only other film of his I'v seen, I would say a bit classier keeping the supernatural more in the background although not with a standup performance like MacGinnis in Demon.

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Re: Night Of The Demon (1957)
« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2021, 09:28:44 AM »
Fired by this thread, I found 'Night Of The Demon' online, downloaded it and shoved it on a usb stick,and (re)watched it on my telly. Still brilliant! And I had forgotten that the comatose 'farmer/murderer' who was in an 'institute for the criminally insane' was none other than a young Brian Wilde aka Mr Barraclough/Foggy Dewhurst! Superb film, still spotting little bits and bobs in it that I never noticed before. And I must have seen it about ten times now! (If not more...)

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Re: Night Of The Demon (1957)
« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2021, 08:10:32 PM »
Yeah it's amazing.  I was looking at the last issue that came out before war was declared.  In the schedule was a live TV performance of some play which of course never was aired, but fourth billed in the cast list was James Mason!  There's loads of nuggets like that.  And of course the features, the letters, the adverts...

All the Christmas covers would be interesting to see.

Re: Night Of The Demon (1957)
« Reply #37 on: March 31, 2021, 09:21:25 AM »
Fired by this thread, I found 'Night Of The Demon' online, downloaded it and shoved it on a usb stick,and (re)watched it on my telly. Still brilliant! And I had forgotten that the comatose 'farmer/murderer' who was in an 'institute for the criminally insane' was none other than a young Brian Wilde aka Mr Barraclough/Foggy Dewhurst! Superb film, still spotting little bits and bobs in it that I never noticed before. And I must have seen it about ten times now! (If not more...)

Three men in a bathtub being chased by an Assyrian fire demon.

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