- Bonus Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 21, 2003
- Originally Released: 1961
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 01/21/2000
"...NIGHT TIDE is just too weird to dismiss..."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2010
"NIGHT TIDE mostly eschews schlock for subtlety and sophistication....Harrington shoots with real care..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Driven both by fate and betrayal, a pair of hopelessly entangled lovers lose their grip on reality with terrible consequences. A sailor, Johnny Drake (Dennis Hopper) and Mora, a beautiful sideshow performer, fall for each other, yet everyone around them is wary of the romance. Strange events surround the couple and dark secrets lurk in the shadows. Mora believes that she is a descendant of the Sirens, mythic sea creatures who lure sailors to their deaths. These inhuman origins drive her to commit murder by full moon. Johnny is unable to believe his love is capable of such an atrocity, but Mora herself seems more certain of her destiny. When a midnight diving trip gives her the opportunity, Mora is unable to resist the urge to kill. Johnny is forced to choose between his love for the girl and fear for his life and his decision leads to a horrific and unexpected conclusion.
A sailor on leave falls for an orphan girl posing as a mermaid in a California seafront show. She believes she is descended of sea creatures who must kill on the full moon. An eerie and hypnotic film, with Hopper's first starring role.
A haunting, offbeat drama about the relationship between a young sailor on leave and a beautiful but strange woman who works as a sideshow mermaid.
Johnny Drake meets Mora at an amusement pier in Venice Beach, California. Although he is told that two other men who dated Mora have mysteriously drowned in the ocean, Johnny proceeds to fall in love with her. When Captain Murdock, Mora's guardian, warns Johnny that the girl is a real mermaid, the sailor refuses to believe him. Then Mora tries to drown him while they are swimming... and he starts to wonder whether the stories aren't true, after all.
Love Story |
Theatrical Release |
- Shown at the Venice Film Festival in August 1961.
- Released theatrically in New York City June 1963.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
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Like a 50s Horror Comic Book Story!
Movie Lover: John Chance
San Francisco, CA US
-- November, 8, 2008
Another well done Curtis Harrington production, highlighted by moody photography and the wonderful acting of Dennis Hopper, a naive sailor who gets drawn into an affair with a sideshow 'mermaid.' The kind of psychological 'horror' story so common to cheap 1950s horror comic books. Thoroughly enjoyable, with that morbid little quote from 'Annbelle Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe. Anythng Harrington does is worth watching--see also Dennis Hopper in his great 'Queen of Blood.'
Movie Lover: JB
Lynnwood, WA US
-- August, 5, 2003
This film has an excellent bop jazz score. The jazz club scenes are great! An interesting film also.