Night of the Hunter

A spellbinding film and the only one Charles Laughton ever directed. It is a persistent and haunting vision of sanctimonious hypocrisy – and it reveals how any huckster, con-artist, or killer can cloak themselves in the mantle of religion and get away with mayhem… until they run into the likes of steadfast Lillian Gish. Like any classic you can read into it a world of meaning. I leave that to you.

Written by James Agee and Charles Laughton with stunning cinematography by Stanley Cortez:




  1. My favorite scalp tinglers: The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, and Cape Fear… both the 1962 version, which starred Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, and the 1991 version which also had Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum (in different roles), and Robert DeNiro, Jessica Lange, and Nick Nolte.

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