Night Tide (1963)





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Writer/director Curtis Harrington does an admirable job working around the severe budget limitations of the 1963 psychological chiller Night Tide. Sailor Johnny (Dennis Hopper) falls in love with carnival-girl Mora (Linda Lawson), despite warnings that Mora is a "jinx" who has brought about the deaths of two previous suitors. Mora performs a mermaid act at the carnival, but to her it's no act: she believes herself the descendant of an underwater race that must kill by the light of the full moon … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Curtis Harrington
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On DVD: Jan 4, 2000
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Critic Reviews for Night Tide

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | June 9, 2008
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Full Review… | April 24, 2008
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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June 6, 2001
AV Club
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The film is so deftly crafted ... that the creaks in the screenplay don't show too glaringly.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Night Tide


Moody and atmospheric tale of a lonely young man (Dennis Hopper) and his growing affection for a pretty woman, a carny no less, with a strange secret. The cinematography, the sets (Santa Monica pier, circa early 1960's), and the supporting cast all lend themselves to what appears to be a memorable and spooky story, but then the ending drops the ball entirely. Which is too bad. The work becomes forgettable immediately ... but the spirit of the thing hangs on a bit. It wanted to be good.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Atmospherical and low key Val Lewton-esque thriller .

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Dennis Hopper plays a combination of the world's biggest rube and possibly the world's most annoyingly desperate sailor who falls for a girl who may or may not be a psychopathic mermaid. The cinematography has a certain charm and I like Night Tide for that reason alone, but the dialogue and story are cheesy and forced. The score was enjoyable in a weird way, but it definitely didn't fit this movie. The massage scene was unintentionally hilarious and full of double entendres. Do not watch this movie before 1AM on a Friday or Saturday night for the full effect. If nothing else it sets a reasonably great atmosphere. Don't expect anything and you may enjoy it.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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