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Night Tide (1961)

Cast: Dennis Hopper, Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, more...
Director: Curtis Harrington, Curtis Harrington
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Kino on Video
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: English
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Writer/director Curtis Harrington does an admirable job working around the severe budget limitations of the 1963 psychological chiller Night Tide. Sailor Johnny (Dennis Hopper) falls in love with carnival-girl Mora (Linda Lawson), despite warnings that Mora is a "jinx" who has brought about the deaths of two previous suitors. Mora performs a mermaid act at the carnival, but to her it's no act: she believes herself the descendant of an underwater race that must kill by the light of the full moon to survive. One evening, Mora tries to kill Johnny, prompting his quick exit. He returns some time later to discover, all too late, that the film's real villain is the jealous carney owner (Gavin Muir). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Moody and slow by wes2666 September 29, 2004 - 9:10 PM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The movie begins atmospherically enough and feels a bit like a Val Lewton picture, but at about the halfway point it just stops moving and becomes a serious chore to get through. The film features an early lead perfomance by Dennis Hopper, which I'm having trouble pinning down as either sincere or one-note. Maybe it's both.

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