Though not successful with the public or critically upon release Laughton's sole directorial effort is now considered an American classic. The gothic expressionism seen throughout is certainly unique with its mix of fiery brimstone, true faith and the innocence of childhood. Mitchum gives his most memorable performance here with stellar support from the rest of the cast. A story of love and hate indeed.
It is entirely possible we are all just John and Pearl on the raft dreaming up this technicolour horror show we call reality. It's just the most perfect fairytale. "With their hair waving all lazy and soft like meadow grass under the flood. Rains cold and the wind blows. All the rains is cold. All the rains is cold." (Cardiacs, 'Wind and Rains is Cold')
Ce poème étincelant et sombre, nous fascine par la beauté éblouissante de sa réalisation, la sensibilité exacerbée de son propos et l'inoubliable puissance de son histoire. Certainement un des dix meilleurs films de tous les temps qui garde religieusement une place à part dans l'histoire du cinéma mondial... www.cinefiches.com
La storia è narrata in maniera sublime, con uno sviluppo strutturato in maniera intelligente e appassionante. Il cattivo resta impresso per via del suo spessore psicologico. Bella ambientazione. Finale dai toni liberatori e toccanti.Personaggi dell'ottimo spessore.La regia è sublime, grazie ad uno studio ottimo delle scene, che si caricano di una forza rara. Fotografia da manuale, con inquadrature perfette e ispirate
Yes, by far, one of the creepiest films out there. A great killer and some adorable little kids on the run in this mad fantasia of a psychological horror film. My only downside - I though it was a little low on tension. There could have been a little more urgency and pace, but that's partly my addled internet brain demanding more edits to keep me from checking facebook.
'Night of the Hunter' was not the film that I thought it would be, however, it ended up being something far more surprising; going from a gothic thriller to then a heart-warming tale very reminiscent of 'Tom Sawyer'. Stanley Cortez's cinematography really helps draw out Robert Mitchum's brilliant performance. Yet, the ending could have been better, something along the lines of how 'M' ended would have sufficed.