The Halloween Top 13: The Devil Made Me Do It #2 -Night of the Demon (1957)
Niall MacGinnis, who plays the Satanist Karswell, is full of gleeful goateed menace, and he nearly steals the whole film from Andrews. His most effective scene comes when Andrews' character comes to his house only to find the devil worshiper dressed as a clown attending to the village children. The dichotomy of his appearance and presence are stunning. (I also wonder if his appearance was at all an inspiration for the creepy clown at Damien's birthday party in The Omen as the makeup was quite similar.) There's one last actor I must mention. I knew I recognized wild eyed Brian Wilde in his role as hypnotized Satanist Hobart, but I could not figure out from where. All I needed to do was add 20 years to his face, and there he was, Foggy from the long running British comedy The Last of the Summer Wine.
The Halloween Top 13: The Devil Made Me Do It, and with only one more film left to go, I'm sure there are plenty of guesses as to what it might be. I'm also sure that quite a few of you are correct, but if you guessed Little Nicky then you could not be more wrong. I suppose you're just going to have to join me back here tomorrow, on Halloween, to find out what film made the top of the list! Until then don't forget to keep scrolling down to check out the devilish picks of my hellaciously good friend Fran Goria!
I've been friends with Fran Goria for a number of years, and she's long been my main horror loving cohort. She's also been a vital part of The Lair over the years contributing to the now defunct series "Ladies Night" as well as her ongoing posts "For the Love of Price" so she should be no stranger to my readers. For the fourth year in a row, she's also contributing to The Halloween Top 13, and I could not be more thrilled!
Reader List- Fran Goria
1. The Masque of Red Death (1964) Vincent Price, need I say more?
2. Evil Dead (1981) Okay, technically not devil possession, but possession none the less.
3. Night of the Demons (1988) I thoroughly enjoyed this film, especially the space-filling impromptu Bauhaus video.
4 The Exorcist (1973) Linda Blair gets possessed by the devil, and crazy shit ensues.
5 Reposessed (1990) Linda Blair gets possessed by the devil (again), and crazy shit ensues...plus LeslieNealson.
And, an honorable mention for Mad Love (1935). Aside from the mad doctor, the pianists' hands were possessed by an executed seriel killer.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM FRAN GORIA!