Night Tide (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

Night Tide1963

Night Tide (1963)




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Movie Info

Johnny (Dennis Hopper) is a sailor on leave attending a carnival side show. He falls in love with a woman posing as a mermaid at a Venice California amusement pier before she tries to kill him during a skin diving excursion.

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Dennis Hopper
as Johnny Drake
Luana Anders
as Ellen Sands
Gavin Muir
as Capt. Samuel Murdock
Marjorie Eaton
as Mme. Romanovitch
H.E. West
as Lt. Henderson
as Woman in Black
Tom Dillon
as Merry-Go-Round Owner
Thomas P. Dillon
as Merry-Go-Round Owner
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Critic Reviews for Night Tide

All Critics (5)

This mythological horror explores how far a person will go to ensure they remain connected to those for whom they care deeply, even to wildly unhealthy and dangerous lengths.

May 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is so deftly crafted ... that the creaks in the screenplay don't show too glaringly.

November 5, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

As a chiller, it's top-notch.

May 9, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Strange, moody, but effective.

November 3, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Night Tide


Moody and atmospheric tale of a lonely young man (Dennis Hopper) and his growing affection for a pretty woman, a carny no less, with a strange secret. The cinematography, the sets (Santa Monica pier, circa early 1960's), and the supporting cast all lend themselves to what appears to be a memorable and spooky story, but then the ending drops the ball entirely. Which is too bad. The work becomes forgettable immediately ... but the spirit of the thing hangs on a bit. It wanted to be good.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Atmospherical and low key Val Lewton-esque thriller .

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Dennis Hopper plays a combination of the world's biggest rube and possibly the world's most annoyingly desperate sailor who falls for a girl who may or may not be a psychopathic mermaid. The cinematography has a certain charm and I like Night Tide for that reason alone, but the dialogue and story are cheesy and forced. The score was enjoyable in a weird way, but it definitely didn't fit this movie. The massage scene was unintentionally hilarious and full of double entendres. Do not watch this movie before 1AM on a Friday or Saturday night for the full effect. If nothing else it sets a reasonably great atmosphere. Don't expect anything and you may enjoy it.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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