Monday, October 22, 2018
Halloween - Curse of the Demon (aka Night of the Demon) 1957
I had to wait until I was well into adulthood before I was able to finally watch this movie. I have a list in my head, there since childhood, of movies I hope to some day see. Most of the horror films on this list are based of stills and articles published in, you guessed it, Famous Monsters of Filmland (see previous post). Some of them were broadcast on television, edited of course.
This one, Jacques Tournier's Curse of the Demon, never made it onto any of the TV stations I had access to. I had to wait until it finally came out on DVD.
It was well worth the wait.
The back story is that the demon wasn't supposed to be seen at all. The demon figure, inspired by the engravings of William Blake, was added in post-production. Not even the director knew about it. I've tried watching the film and imagining the demon is only hinted at. I just can't do it.
I'll let you be the judge.