23 July 2010
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Salvation is a last-minute business, boy.
So basically: During the Depression, a father robs a bank and kills two people in the process. He gets caught, but not before he stashes the $10,000 in his little girl's doll. When in jail, waiting to be hanged, he meets a preacher who shares his cell. This preacher gets wind of the money and, when released, goes after the man's widow looking for the money. He's married widows many times before for their money, but this time the wife doesn't know where the money is hiding and he's forced to terrorize the two children.
Robert Mitchum is very eerie in the role of Harry Powell. But, honestly, that's the only spectacular part of this film; the rest of it isn't very interesting at all. I didn't like it the first time I watched it, and I tried to get into it the second time, but I just don't see why people like this movie so much. Also, I did not like the characters of Pearl and John, they were rather annoying.
No! Especially this high up. I just don't get why this is on the list at all.
Ziggi seal of disapproval!