Friday, February 29, 2008

Night Tide (1961)

Night Tide (1961)

Dennis Hopper stars as a beguiled sailor, convinced that sideshow sweetie Linda Lawson is a real live mermaid. Cult director Curtis Harrington (Queen of Blood) fashioned this atmospheric chiller out of meager ingredients and came up with a moody, if slow-moving fantasy. The seamy seaside setting is well-utilized and the offbeat premise has helped the film accrue a cult following. But it's the quirky cast that brings life to the thing: Dennis Hopper, nuttily engaging, as always, Luana (Dementia 13) Anders, everyone's favorite "heavy," Bruno Ve Sota, and sultry lounge chanteuse Linda Lawson as the chick 'o the sea.

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