A family man robs a bank in order to insure a brighter future for his kids. While in prison, he meets a reverend serial killer who, after serving his sentence for a much smaller crime goes to pursue his family in search of the loot. The only film from Charles Laughton and a timeless American cinema masterpiece.
Shot in a manner reminiscent of German Expressionism. Stark black and white cinamtography, coupled with sublime direction and noteworthy performances. Filmed in a manner that reflects the sinister mind of the main character.
Cited as a great inspiration by a number of directors, including Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, The Coen Brothers and John Frankenheimer. A great influence on modern day cinema, not just the Horror genre.
Excellent film score from American composer Walter Schumann.
The Night of The Hunter Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Billy Chapin