Sunday, October 17, 2010

Name That Rune

A parchment to skeptic is passed
Its power has left him aghast
The demon it calls
most certainly mauls
whoever's left holding it last

Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis star in Night (aka Curse) of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur, 1957), director Tourneur's treatise on belief in the supernatural. Andrews is a skeptic and debunker of the occult who, along with the audience, slowly comes to realize the truth about warlock MacGinnis and his devil cult. Slowly that is, if you ignore the opening shots of a cheesy demon insisted upon by the film's producer, which only serve to undermine Tourneur's subtle technique of creating mood and mystery through suggestion and omission. Image source:Bad

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