“Curse of the Demon,” aka “Night of the Demon,” is a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur. It’s an intelligent horror film that deals with the subject of black magic. Don’t let its age and the somewhat cheesy special effects scare you off; this film is still very much ahead of its time and is worth a watch.
The film opens with a professor begging a cult leader to call off a curse he put on him. However it is too late and shortly afterwards a demon appears and kills the professor. Dr. John Holden, a friend of the professor, is a skeptic and does not believe in the paranormal. He is asked to attend a convention and prove that supernatural forces do not exist. However the same cult leader that cursed his friend places the same curse on him and he must find a way to rid himself of it before it’s too late.
“Curse of the Demon” is a must see because it is atmospheric, intelligent, well acted with a great cast and has a feeling of dread and tension all throughout. This film was also one of the first movies to deal with black magic and Satanism, before films such as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist.”