Satanic rituals! Pregnancy! Death Cults! Rubber Suited monsters! This week on Two of a Grind we come to warn you: demons are real… or are they? These two films now streaming on The Grindhouse Channel feature a couple of satanic conspiracies, that may or may not exist only in the deteriorating minds of their protagonists.
Curse of the Demon (known in the UK as Night of the Demon) is a great UK horror film by the criminally underrated director Jacques Tourneur. The film follows an American man of science investigating the death of a colleague, which may or may not have something to do with a satanic cult.
Its monster, there by decree of producer Hal E. Chester, is dumb schlock of the rubber suit variety, but everything else is top notch Torneur; shadows and smoke, ambiguity, and a constant tension between superstition and reason.
Rosemary’s Baby, directed by Roman Polanski, follows the increasing paranoia and isolation of a newlywed (Mia Farrow in a star-making role), who has a growing suspicion that the overly friendly neighbors might have some nefarious ulterior motives. It’s one of the great horror films of the 1960’s; spooky, tense, and blackly comic. Also, watch the film, and just try and get the haunting theme by Krzysztof Komeda out of your head.