I’m still on my John Huston kick. I am watching as many of his films that I can easily get my hands on. The good, the bad, and the meh. Nothing is off limits. After revisiting The Asphalt Jungle last week, I switch gears to something a little less gritty and a little more… dull.
The Night of the Hunter starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
The plot: Ben Harper has committed murder for $10,000. He hides the money and makes daughter Pearl and son John promise not to tell anyone where it is hidden, not even their mother Willa. In prison and awaiting hanging, Ben meets his cellmate, the Preacher, who tries unsuccessfully to get Ben to reveal where he stashed the money. When Preacher is released from prison he heads for the Harper home, intent on finding the money. Preacher charms Willa and wins her hand in marriage, only to kill her when she learns what he is really like. With only Pearl and John separating him from a small fortune, the Preacher unleashes the full force of his true, evil self. – from imdb.com
The Rev. Harry Powell (Mitchum) is considered one of the most villionous characters EVER. Ranked #29 on the AFI list.
Ranked #34 on the AFI Greatest Thrills list.
Watch it… (and if you miss it tonight, rent it, trust me on this one)
It will scare the sh*t out of you.