Sunday, January 1, 2012

463) Night of the Demon (1957)

463) Night of the Demon (1957) Dir: Jacques Tourneur Date Released: November 5, 2011 Date Seen: November 5, 2011 Rating: 3.75/5

Wow, this one's spooky! Wouldn't expect less from Tourneur but yeah, got into this in a big way. Dialogue left something to be desired at times but that's probably because there were so many cooks in this film's kitchen (the fight to keep the director and screenwriter's original ending was famously fierce). Still: impressive. 

Also: this was during the period in Dana Andrews's life when he was struggling with alcoholism. So while he was struggling to get the film's producer to heed Demon's screenwriter and director and let them keep the original ending, he was fighting his own, well, demons. Andrews died from complications caused by his alcoholism. But here, he gives a heckuva performance. 

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