Dr. John Holden (Dana Andrews) arrives in England to discredit
occult leader Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis); but when Holden discovers he has been secretly slipped a parchment inscribed with an ancient curse he begins to suspect phenomena that his rational approach cannot explain.
An adaptation of the M.R. James
story Casting the Ruins (1911), Night of the Demon was a late career triumph for the great Jacques Tourneur
(Cat People; I Walked with a Zombie); with the exception of a studio- sanctioned SFX monster, the use
of which all concerned objected to, Night of the Demon is a sober, chillingly effective exercise in atmosphere and tension building.
Screening as part of Haunted Landscapes, A Season of Folk Horror. July 16th-30th.