the night of the hunter

The Night of the Hunter (REVIEW)

During the Great Depression a desperate man murders two people and steals $10,000 from a bank so he can take care of his children. He hides the money where only his kids can find it, and then is executed later in prison. While he is awaiting his hanging he's forced to bunk with a deranged preacher who sees the man’s hidden money as an opportunity for himself.

Retro Snapshot: "The Night of the Hunter" (1955)

Directed by Charles Laughton, "The Night of the Hunter" is about a demented serial killer and self proclaimed preacher (Robert Mitchum), who seduces a widow and torments her children in order to find out where her executed spouse hid a large sum of stolen money. In the above snapshot, Reverend Harry Powell stares eerily at the camera, with the words "LOVE" and "HATE" tattooed on his knuckles. Based on the 1953 novel of the same name, "The Night of the Hunter" was added to the National Film Registry in 1992.

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