Night of the Demon (Tourneur, 1957)
WordPress is giving me all sorts of problems today and it deleted my last post before it was published. I find it incredibly hard to re-write something after I’ve lost it. Unfortunately, since it’s been so long since I last updated, I didn’t want this to be a mini-review, but alas, that is exactly what this is going to be.
Tourneur creates an extremely eerie atmosphere in the way the danger and suspense are created by the aesthetic experience. Nighttime, headlights through tree limbs and fog, moving shadows, and paranoid eyes almost leaping from characters’ faces all create a tense yet beautiful picture. The payoff is hokey in this film, though, which keep it from reaching the level of greatness some of Tourneur’s others reach. There’s an odd scene with a medium and Dana Andrews smirking in disbelief the entire time that is great. Overall, I would have like something more subtle though. 7.25/10