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03 December 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Park Circus

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"Never work with children, animals or Charles Laughton," Alfred Hitchcock once advised, making The Night Of The Hunter, which is bountiful in all three, a no-go area for the Master. But that tongue-in-cheek Hitch advice aside, the standing of Laughton's rural noir continues to grow with every passing year. It's been restored ready for a re-release early in the new year, a perfect opportunity to catch it on the big screen, and has a beautiful new quad poster to help get the word out.

If you haven't seen it, Laughton's 1955 thriller married traditional Hollywood filmmaking values with a more jarring German expressionist style to create a Grimm-like fairy tale of two wee'uns and a crazed preacher with sinister hand tattoos and a surprisingly loose adherence to the Ten Commandments.

Robert Mitchum's preacher, Reverend Harry Powell, is a villain for the ages. He's heard about a stash of stolen money from his soon-to-be-executed cellmate and believes the man's young son John (Billy Chapin) and his little sister Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce) know its location. And, as Lillian Gish's character points out, "It's a hard world for little things."

Shelley Winters, as the kids' naif-like mother, and silent era star Gish, as the more guileful older lady under whose protection the children fall, round out a masterful cast, all captured in a noirish nightmare by Stanley Cortez's near-perfect lighting. As you can see from the original poster, distributor Park Circus has done an even better job of capturing the film's sinister stillness with their new effort.

Catch The Night Of The Hunter in selected cinemas from January 17, 2014.


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