RE: [Videolib] Name that movie!
Fri, 1 Aug 2003 10:03:15 -0500

How about "night of the demon" from 1957:

"...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 curse.American psychologist John Holden
arrives in London to participate in a symposium aiming to expose
witchcraft and devil-worship as a fraud, with attention centered on a
cult run by a Julian Karswell. Debarking his plane, Holden learns that
the symposium leader, Henry Harrington, has suddenly died and he is now
in charge. What only the audience knows is that Harrington was clearly
killed by a demon, apparently summoned by Karswell to avenge his
persecution. Despite both threatening and cajoling behavior by Karswell,
Holden determines to proceed, though the only cult member willing to
talk about his experiences is in a prison psychiatric ward, catatonic
after allegedly killing yet another cult member. However, Harrington's
niece, Joanna, believes, based on her uncle's notes, that Karswell may
indeed have some satanic powers derived from an ancient tome in an
obscure language which he has been able to translate, and attempts to
warn the skeptic Holden. Karswell's mother also attempts to warn Holden
off. However, the thing which begins to most get to Holden are the
occasional, but mounting, sensory and mental disturbances he begins
experiencing after an encounter with Karswell, and the discovery that,
during this encounter, Karswell secretly slipped a slip of parchment
with a curse in runic symbols on it into Holden's ..."


Benjamin D. Sprague
Circulation Supervisor /
Technology Services
Ripon Public Library

-----Original Message-----
From: Lori Stevens []
Sent: Friday, August 01, 2003 9:25 AM
Subject: [Videolib] Name that movie!

Here is a live one for y'all on a Friday from a faculty
member who wants the title and where to buy it. If you can
help with the former, I will see if I can come up with the

"This is an English movie that came out around the late
50's early 60's. The premise is there is a piece of paper
with ancient writing on it that is put into the pocket or
somewhere in somebody's clothing by the one who is casting
the evil spell. This creature, which no one ever really
sees, goes after the victim to retrieve the paper. If the
victim finds the paper, a wind mysteriously tears it form
their grasp and they chase after it trying to retrieve it,
meanwhile, the demon/creature is on a collision course with
the victim also trying to retrieve the paper and at the same
time, destroy the person who last possessed the paper. The
only way to avert being killed is to find the paper with the
evil writing on it and return it to the person casting the
spell without it being torn from their hands and thus not
being able to retrieve it in time. The final scene of the
movie takes place on a train. The hero finds the paper and
it is nearly snatched out of his hands by this mysterious
wind. He confronts the villain and without being caught
slips the paper into the bad guy's pocket. The bad guy
realizes what has happened, the wind takes the paper out of
his hand and he is chasing it down the railroad tracks
trying to retrieve it in time...but does not."

Thanks for your help!

Lori Stevens
Media Librarian
Utah Valley State College Library
Orem, Utah 84058

Buffy: "See, this is a school. And we have students
and they check out books. And then they learn

(Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1997)

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