#234: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

When and how did I watch this?

September 8th, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?

No.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Not much.  I read the summary — that’s about has much background as I got.

What do I know about it now?

This is the ultimate suspense feast.  The movie started slow, as do many as these type of films, but really got my attention after some development.  A couple of scenes gave me goosebumps, which isn’t hard to do, I suppose, but the people that don’t consider this artfully constructed are the type of people that think the Fast and the Furious franchise and Pitch Perfect are quality films. The cinematography is solid throughout.

What are some themes in the film?

Trust, apathy and empathy, innocence, charity.  It’s deeper than the average horror flick.

Did this affect me personally?

Yes. One scene in particular will never be forgotten.

Why is this ranked #234?

As mentioned before, masterful suspense dominated the screenplay.  A film in 1955 will usually end well, but I still had my doubts. Robert Mitchum is a hunky dude as well, which probably boosts the ranking a little.

Did my wife watch/like it?

Yes. She was hiding behind me at moments.

Would I watch it again?

Not sure.  It’s not a creep fest, but I’m not a huge fan of the horror genre.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yeah.  They don’t make ’em like this anymore.  The dependence on effects today makes most thriller-type movies too plastic.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Sure.  I know there aren’t many horror films on this list, because most are poorly written.  I can’t say that about this movie.

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