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David K.

Good call Kim !! great stuff , Mitchum is among my Favorites of all time , maybe i'll watch this later along with "Holiday affair" not Noir-ish , but still a film i really enjoy this time of year , Happy holidays Kim , be safe & looking into 2011 .

Jake Cole

One of my all-time favorites. The part that's started to catch my eye over ensconced images like Winters' floating corpse and the "Chilllllldrennnnn" bit is the initial chase that leads the children to the river as Mitchum just loses his mind. Going from the Frankenstein monster in the cellar to the howling werewolf on the river bank is hysterical. And is it just me or does Mitchum, hair flattened by the water and face contorted in petulant, impotent rage (especially in relation to children slipping through his fingers) make him look in a certain light like Peter Lorre in M? I'm amazed at how un-Mitchum he always looks in that shot as he devolves into screams.


When some movie villain list of AFI's came out, my grown son told me it wasn't a real list if Harry Powell wasn't at the top, 'cause he'd been scared by Mitchum's powerful acting in the film as a boy. That's when I found out he'd snuck down to watch it without me knowing, and all these years he was still a little affected by it. Great choice!

Ian Burns

A terrific,surreal swirl of a film with a couple of genuinely scary moments and a brilliant performance from Robert Mitchum.I'd put it near the top of any top twenty scary films list.

Olivier Eyquem

Beautiful piece. “Night of the Hunter” offered Mitchum the best opportunity to show his vast potential and his greatness as an actor. It seems quite a few people find Harry Powell to be his most frightening character, but I would hesitate between Powell and Max Cady in “Cape Fear”, a total beast intent on revenge and rape, and with none of the “redeeming” dark humour and twisted seductiveness of Powell.

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