Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Director: Charles Laughton
Writers:  David Grubb, James Agee, Charles Laughton
Cast:       Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Billy Chapin

A preacher turned serial killer marries a widow to get to 10000 dollars whose whereabouts is known only by her children.

The film is very dark for its times and it came out much before the likes of Lolita which generated so much controversy. The film didn't do well commercially as well as critically but have gone on to be considered as one of the best films of all time with the daring role taken by Robert Mitchum being the highlight.  It is based on a true story. The acting by other members of the cast are not up to the mark even after considering the time it was made but its still a great watch.

Rating: 4/5