Melbourne Cinémathèque The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Night of the Eagle

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A professor’s wife, who is obsessed by witchcraft and the occult, believes she must die in her husband’s stead.

Scriptwriters Richard Matheson (I Am Legend), George Baxt and Charles Beaumont hone and shape Fritz Leiber’s novel into a remarkable, psychologically ambiguous work.

Melding the brooding horror of Dreyer and Val Lewton, the inspired Sidney Hayers builds a portentous atmosphere of superstition through judicious framing and camera movement, producing a taut, genuinely frightening witchcraft chiller.

With Peter Wyngarde and Kathleen Byron.