The Night of the Hunter

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Robert Mitchum as the frightening Rev. Harry Powell. While in prison, he learns of hidden money from his cell mate, who he leaves dead in the cell. He infiltrates the dead man's family, kills his wife, and pursues the children, in hopes, of finding the money. This is one of the most scarey, dark,...more


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  • John_and_Rose

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    Robert Mitchum as the frightening Rev. Harry Powell. While in prison, he learns of hidden money from his cell mate, who he leaves dead in the cell. He infiltrates the dead man's family, kills his wife, and pursues the children, in hopes, of finding the money. This is one of the most scarey, dark, foreboding movies ever. Directed by Charles Laughton.

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  • cath

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    I love scary movies and when I come across a classic film such as Night of the Hunter, that is suspenseful, original and scares me, I am beyond thrilled. Night of the Hunter is extremely dark (especially considering it was made in 1955) at the same time as being as expressionistic and fantastical as if it was written by the Brothers Grimm. Reverend Harry Powell became one of Robert Mitchum's most iconic roles and it's easy to see why. Harry Powell poses as a reverend, seeks out and charms a widow into marrying him, murders her and then hunts her children all in pursuit of a potentially long-lost $10, 000. It's an incredible masterpiece of suspense and foreboding.

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  • roborange

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    A very frightening movie to have been made in 1955. In the entire history of American movies, The Night of the Hunter stands out as the rarest and most exotic of specimens. It is, to say the least, a masterpiece--and not just because it was the only movie directed by flamboyant actor Charles Laughton or the only produced solo screenplay by the legendary critic James Agee (who also cowrote The African Queen). The truth is, nobody has ever made anything approaching its phantasmagoric, overheated style in which German expressionism, religious hysteria, fairy-tale fantasy (of the Grimm-est variety), and stalker movie are brought together in a furious boil. Like a nightmarish premonition of stalker movies to come, Night of the Hunter tells the suspenseful tale of a demented preacher (Robert Mitchum, in a performance that prefigures his memorable villain in Cape Fear), who torments a boy and his little sister--even marries their mixed-up mother (Shelley Winters)--because he's certain the kids know where their late bank-robber father hid a stash of stolen money. So dramatic, primal, and unforgettable are its images--the preacher's shadow looming over the children in their bedroom, the magical boat ride down a river whose banks teem with fantastic wildlife, those tattoos of LOVE and HATE on the unholy man's knuckles, the golden locks of a drowned woman waving in the current along with the indigenous plant life in her watery grave--that they're still haunting audiences (and filmmakers) today.

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