There are very specific movie gems, that are like pieces of film history for me. I may purchase quite a few DVDs, yet it is the "gems" that are personal enough to me, I have created a section of their own I keep them in.
"Night Of The Hunter" is one of these gems. I don't believe there is another movie made, like it. It is difficult to put this DVD in any particular catagory.
Night Of the Hunter, was made in 1955, black and white, full screen. The sound is Dolby Digital-monaural. It is still good sound, They did a very good job engineering this to DVD. It is 93 minutes . This was the only movie Charles Laughton ever directed. He missed his calling. It is sad he did not direct more.
It is the story is set in the great depression era, along the Ohio river, where children roam homeless, throughout the rural landscape. No parents, no food. It's also the story of Harry Powell, played by Robert Mitchum, a self proclaimed preacher, who roams these backroads, marrying widows, then murdering them for a few bucks. One of the first, original serial killers of our time.
Harry Powell marries again, this time to a recent widow, with two small children. It is through the movie, we see true horror, through the young sons eyes. He knows the "wolf in sheeps clothing" Harry Powell wears, even though everyone else seems to be blind; only seeing reverend Powell's hand of love, while hiding his switch blade knife, in his "hate" hand.
The movie has such a surreal quality through it, almost as is we are dreaming the whole story. There are scenes in "Night Of The Hunter" that almost defies description.
Lillian Gish, plays an old widow along the river, who takes the two children into her fold, after the two orphans are on the run. I would have given this silent movie star another "Oscar", for best supporting actress.
There is another "Night Of The Hunter", a remake of this original. floating around out there. Get the original, it is so much better, than the remake.