The Night of the Hunter
USA 1955, 93 min, Digital, Dir: Charles Laughton
  • Monday February 10, 2014 at 7:00PM

Adapted by James Agee from a novel by Davis Grubb, The Night of the Hunter was actor Charles Laughton’s only film directing effort. Combining stark realism with Germanic expressionism, the movie is a brilliant parable of good and evil, with “good” represented by a couple of farm kids and a pious old lady, and “evil” literally in the hands of a posturing psychopath. Imprisoned with thief Ben Harper (Peter Graves), phony preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) learns that Ben has hidden a huge sum of money somewhere near his home. Upon his release, the murderously misogynistic Powell insinuates himself into Ben’s home, eventually marrying his widow Willa (Shelley Winters), until finally all that stands between Powell and the money are Ben’s son and daughter. (Hal Erickson, Rovi)

FILM REVIEW "there’s that twinkling gleam to the word-crafty, preaching predator’s malice, which ensures this film glints and glitters on." Brian Gibson -VUE Weekly

Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

This screening is part of the larger thematic series:
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