We found ourselves with a beautiful print of the Charles Laughton-directed classic NIGHT OF THE HUNTER in our booth at Ritz with no public shows. It seemed like a shame to keep it to ourselves wo we have added two very special daytime screenings of this iconic masterpiece.
Our own Zack Carlson weighs in on NIGHT OF THE HUNTER below. See you there.
This film is the reason movies exist; a supremely balanced Southern gothic fairytale of helplessness, homicide, hope and horror.
Robert Mitchum channels the Devil himself as a rabid so-called preacher on the bloodthirsty trail of two young children. With money and murder on his fevered mind, he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants, and his berserk transformation into one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest villains is both dazzling and terrifying to behold.
This film is woven from the dark tendrils of toddlers’ nightmares, and to see it on the big screen is quite truly like no other experience in the world.
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER was the first and final directorial effort from brilliant stage/screen actor Charles Laughton, because once you’ve accomplished perfection, what could you possibly do next?