Saturday, October 30, 2010

CASTING THE RUNES (1979)

A fair-enough BBC adaptation of the famous M.R. James story (which you can hear below) suffers by comparison with the masterful 1957 rendition NIGHT OF THE DEMON. But it's still watchable, with Jan Francis as a TV-industry occultism-debunker who debunks the wrong occultist. He takes revenge by planting a cursed slip of runes and things escalate, in a very unalarmed sort of British way, from there. Definitely shows its TV origins, as some of this is filmed on cheap-looking one-room sets, but it's not even an hour, so why the big fuss? Middling but not terrible.

#29 of 31.

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