Curtis Harrington’s 1961 tale of a sailor (baby-faced Dennis Hopper) smitten with a mythical siren is a textbook example of macabre on a minuscule budget. The film’s dreamlike black-and-white cinematography turns beatnik coffeehouses and beachside carnival attractions into Gothic cathedrals of the damned, and any movie that can make Hopper shtupping a rubber octopus seem genuinely unsettling (as opposed to silly) deserves our undying admiration.
[This film is an official selection of the TONY Film department for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. While it has not been given a star rating, our Film experts consider it to be among the superior entries to this event.]
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