Kino Classics has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Curtis Harrington's Night Tide (1961), starring Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Marjorie Cameron, and Luana Anders. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the United States on October 15th.
Night Tide ranks right up alongside Night of the Living Dead and Carnival of Souls as one of the most influential indie horror films of the 1960s. It launched the career of director Curtis Harrington (Queen of Blood, Ruby), and stars Dennis Hopper in an early leading role which helped establish him as one of cult cinema's most eclectic leading men.
Night Tide tells the story of a sailor on shore leave who becomes fascinated by a woman who poses as a mermaid in an oceanfront carnival. As their relationship blossoms, Johnny (Dennis Hopper) realizes that Mora (Linda Lawson) is more than a sideshow illusionist. She seems to be a descendent of the mythical sirens of the sea, and is under the mesmeric control of a mysterious woman (notorious occultist Marjorie Cameron) who beckons Mora to return to her home beneath the waves.
Mastered in HD from 35mm film elements restored by the Academy Film Archive, with support from The Film Foundation and Curtis Harrington
Audio commentary by director Curtis Harrington and actor Dennis Hopper
Two-part interview with director Curtis Harrington, by David Del Valle (1987, 55 min.)
My favorite type of film - moody, low-budget, atmospheric, late-night fare. Nice to see a new extra as well, as David Del Valle's interview was not on the DVD. Glad to see this is finally getting released after so many delays.
Night Tide is one of my comfort films and my favorite Harrington film I've seen, followed by The Killing Kind. This Kino release ought to be a MASSIVE visual upgrade to all previous releases and they made a wise decision to use that lovely old poster art.