Film Reviews, Short Review

Night of the Demon (1957)

3/4

Whilst Night of the Demon is a fun, brisk supernatural horror from the 50s, directed by a master of the creepier end of the Hollywood genre spectrum in Jacques Tourneur, it is ultimately a bit too predictable and unable to build on its early promise. What could have been a proto-Wicker Man gem, thanks to the wonderfully eerie sense of creepiness the film creates in its opening scenes is torpedoed by studio-inserted shots of a hilariously cheesy-looking demon, and so forth goes the full film – genuinely good work undone by moments of silliness and baloney, although I have to admit, I do have a strong tolerance for cinematic cheese.

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