Since we are in the midst of the Halloween season I figured I’d take a look at a more horror themed movie in today’s Pulp Corner. The movie in question is 1957’s Night Of The Demon also known as Curse Of The Demon to most U.S. audiences (which stripped away 13 minutes of footage). It’s a mix of suspense and noir which itself isn’t unique, but here it’s the overt addition of horror and the occult that really make it an interesting film.
The film stars two noir alums, Dana Andrews and Peggy Cummins. Andrews we last saw in the Pulp Corner as the detective obsessed with a dead woman, in Laura. Ms. Cummins on the other hand was the devious and angry femme fatale of Gun Crazy making up one half of the Bonnie & Clyde like duo. The masterstroke though was that this movie was in the hands of one of the greatest noir directors, Jacques Tourneur. His signature picture Out Of The Past oozes noir and atmosphere. A perfect fit for Night Of The Demon.
Gun Crazy also known as Deadly Is The Female from 1950 is one of those movies I’ve been waiting to watch for a while. I hadn’t indulged in a good noir in some time and have had this movie on the back burner. The older I get though, the more I feel like I’m always being let down by movies, books, music whatever. I don’t know if I’m becoming a crotchety old man or if I’ve raised the bar too high but I watched Gun Crazy last night and it absolutely delivered.