Movie Of The Week: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Charles Laughton directs Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish and Shelley Winters in this thriller where two children are pursued by a misogynistic serial killing preacher who wants their dead Daddy’s loot.

Once seen not forgotten. Every frame is like a stark pop-up book, from your Southern Gothic nightmares, come to life. Society falls apart. Mitchum broods, seduces and then descends into a howling beast – closer to Wile E. Coyote than Max Cady. The kids trundle through this depressed fantasia. The ending could be a notch tighter. More a mood than a thriller.


Perfect Double Bill: Cape Fear (1962)

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