(1955) The Night of the Hunter

This one was recommended to me but I should add a disclaimer that I think it might loosely fit the genre for most people. With that being said, it’s a fantastic film.

The story itself is very sinister and for that reason, it absolutely belongs on this blog. While 1950’s cinema will rarely be “scary” to me, the situation as a whole uneases me. Harry Powell, especially after his initial introduction, plays a genuinely creepy character.

The film just looks fantastic, I mean seriously, it doesn’t get much better for the era. The depth for a black and white film is incredible, especially in the backdrops. It makes for some really iconic looking scenes and those moments are probably what I’ll hold onto as time passes. The underwater shot of the car was fucking stunning.

My only one small complaint would be the slightly hallmark style ending. I didn’t think it felt disingenuous, but it wasn’t exactly to my style.

I’d highly recommend this, almost especially if you have a short attention span for the classics. The story is fluid and paced really well.

8/10

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Author: Ben

26 year old cheeseburger addicted horror junkie

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