posted on Aug, 7 2006 @ 11:51 AM
As long as we're talking about black-and-white flicks, I'd highly recommend to anyone here Jacques Tourneur's "Knight of the Demon" (aka "Curse
of the Demon" in the US, as a badly reedited version of the British original.) It's based on the famous short story by M R James, "Casting the
Runes," and is concerned with matters of the occult, witchcraft, and black magick.
Very creepy movie; the Demon itself looks kinda cheesy now (I'm sure the SFX were state-of-the-art back in 1957,) but the plot, dialogue, and
acting are sufficient to send a chill or two up your spine.
It's available on DVD with both above-mentioned titles on on a single disk. I recommend skipping "Curse" and going right to "Night." I think
y'all would like it.
Speaking of Jacques Tourneur, no horror film education is complete without having seen his Val Lewton-produced films from RKO Studios: "Cat People,"
"The Leopard Man," and especially "I Walked with a Zombie." Classics, all of 'em, and works of complete genius. And pretty darned spooky, to
boot. I can't recommend these highly enough.