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The Night of the Hunter 1955

  • Charles Laughton
  • July 26, 1955
  • 93 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Thriller
The wedding night, the anticipation, the kiss, the knife, BUT ABOVE ALL...THE SUSPENSE!
In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money. As the children escape down the river, events build to a battle between good and evil.


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Mitchum's performance is the highlight here as the rather disturbing and unpredictable "preacher" and Laughton carefully builds the tension is he gradually worms his way into the children's lives. The film is beautifully shot, most notably the river sequence as the children try to escape their tormentor, enhancing the fairy-tale quality the film is striving for. The only sour note is a rather rushed resolution that doesn't really do justice to the character that Mitchum has created or the buildup of the plot prior to this, but it is ultimately a minor issue in an otherwise fine film.

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