Review: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Finally seen one of the classic thriller-chillers in history. The magnificent “Night of the Hunter”!

blu“THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER”
1955
Horror/thriller
USA

Director: Charles Laughton
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
Distributor: Criterion
Runtime: 93 mins
BLU RAY REGION A

“Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

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Under the great depression a couple of kids watch as their father get arrested for armed robbery and murder. He tells them to keep a secret where the money ($10.000) is hidden before he gets hung. Father Harry Powell, a criminal and raving mad psychopat with biblical tendencies share time with the kids father in jail, and decides to get the money. He marries their mother and tries his best to persuade the kids to tell where the money’s at. When they don’t he turns into a maniac, doing what’s in his power to get them (and the kids).

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I’m not opening the door for any religious person after this. Robert Mitchum’s character is one of the most evil psychopats in movie history. Singing his psalms and talking in biblical frases with his “Love/hate” tattoo on his fingers and a blade in his pocket. Creeped me out. This is an amazing movie filled with religious and political symbols and metaphors about good and evil, hunter and victim, greed and power, love and hate. Shot in black and white to good effect. This is a classic thriller that’s still a frightening and well made movie.

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Needless to say, the Criterion blu-ray comes with two discs with shitloads of extras and a thick booklet with interesting stuff about the film, actors and the making. A must have!

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