Dir: Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Niall MacGinnis and Peggy Cummins
A reporter finds himself cursed by an occultist with the ability to summon a demon
This classic early horror is much respected today amongst followers of the genre and it has a memorable final sequence in which the occultist, played by Niall MacGinnis, has his curse thrown back at him. He leaps from a train and then gets run down by another as the demon bears down on him. These scenes were filmed at Brickett Wood station on the Watford Junction-St Albans Abbey branch and a couple of ex-LMS Class 5MT ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0s were used for these scenes, one of which is No.45324. There are some very good shots of these in the film’s final moments, although a model was clearly used for one distant shot. Prior to this conclusion there are shots of Watford Junction station, which masqueraded as ‘Clayham Junction’, whilst the station signage at Brickett Wood was amended to read ‘Leton Wood’. The film was an adaptation of the 1911 M. R. James story Casting the Runes and to accelerate the pace, the film was trimmed down to 83 minutes and retitled Curse of the Demon in the US.