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Curse of the Demon (Night of the Demon) (1958)

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Dana Andrews Dana Andrews
John Holden
Peggy Cummins Peggy Cummins
Joanna Harrington
Niall MacGinnis Niall MacGinnis
Doctor Julian Karswell
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham
Professor Henry Harrington
Athene Seyler Athene Seyler
Mrs. Karswell
Liam Redmond Liam Redmond
Mark O'Brien
Ewan Roberts Ewan Roberts
Lloyd Williamson


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Charles Bennett Charles Bennett
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Description: Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader, Julian Karswell. Holden is a skeptic and does not believe in Karswell's power. Nonetheless, he accepts an invitation to stay at Karswell's estate, along with Joanna Harrington, niece of Holden's confidant who was electrocuted in a bizarre automobile accident. Karswell secretly slips a parchment into Holden's papers that might possibly be a death curse. Recurring strange events finally strike fear into Holden, who believes that his only hope is to pass the parchment back to Karswell to break the demonic c ... (more)
Release date: 28 February 1958
UPC: 043396078604
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