NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Behind the pious façade of Reverend Harry Powell (Mitchum) lurks the soul of a serial killer, and when he comes across clues to the location of stolen money he wastes no time in marrying a widow and charming the townsfolk to find it. Without conscience he murders whoever stands in his way, terrorises the children who hold the secret, as well as the audience. Crawling off the screen with a deadly smile, Mitchum delivers his most evil characterisation, at least the equal of Max Cody in Cape Fear, whilst Laughton infuses the proceedings with expressionistic dread; sporting a profound visual sense, aided by celebrated cinematographer Stanley Cortez, that belies his background as an actor. (CA)

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

  • Director: Charles Laughton
  • Year: 1955
  • Run Time: 92 mins
  • Country: USA