The IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT Review: Night of The Hunter

“Children, I can hear ya whisperin’ down there. I can feel myself gettin’ awful mad.”

Chills, right down my spine. Robert Mitchum who once famously said there’s only two kinds of acting, “one on a horse, and one off,” is off his horse and terrifying children in this thriller.

A down on his luck father robs a bank so that his children can have the life he never did. However in doing so he ends up killing someone. He gets all the way home with the money and hides it with his children without telling the mother where the money is. The father is then arrested and sent to prison where he is cell mates with Reverend Harry Powell a serial killer and self-appointed preacher. Self appointed, which means he kind of takes the bible and warps it to fit his needs. So while the father is in the cell he lets slip that “the children shall lead you to it.” The reverend knows that the “it” he’s probably referring to is the 10,000 dollars which was a LOT of money back then. He then takes it upon himself to go out and find the wife of the father after he’s released and the father is put to death for his crimes.

Ok that’s all the plot you’re getting out of me! Moving on to the look and feel. I love pretty much everything about this movie. The casting was great, Robert Mitchum’s voice alone was enough to scare me and I didn’t see this until I was grown. He effectively plays a man who you immediately know is crazy as soon as you see him. In fact its mind-boggling to me that these people can’t see it. Even when he does his love vs hate speech (he has them tattooed on his fingers) it’s completely different from later incarnations. His speech about love winning over hate is somehow sinister in nature.

Then we have the atmosphere which is set up by superb lighting. Drawing from german expressionism lighting techniques they made a chilling atmosphere. Basically its like the dark decco style but in real life. Its the shadows and not the light that really create tension and fear. It’s what you CAN’T see that you’re looking at and it sets up for some amazingly artistic shots.

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The juxtaposition of religion and psychopathic tendencies is well done and everyone is well cast. The story (derived from a book) is well written and the characters are terrifically developed. This movie has inspired directors all over the world including me! So I give this movie-

5_Star

Five stars! If you haven’t seen it you can view it on youtube for 2.99 I think or you can rent it if you can find a store that rents old school movies.
Directed by
Charles Laughton
Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
Terry Sanders (uncredited)

Writing credits
Davis Grubb (novel)

James Agee (screenplay)

Charles Laughton screenplay contributor (uncredited)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete

Robert Mitchum … Harry Powell

Shelley Winters … Willa Harper

Lillian Gish … Rachel Cooper

James Gleason … Birdie Steptoe
Evelyn Varden … Icey Spoon

Peter Graves … Ben Harper

Don Beddoe … Walt Spoon
Billy Chapin … John Harper
Sally Jane Bruce … Pearl Harper
Gloria Castillo … Ruby (as Gloria Castilo)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emmett Lynn … Birdie Steptoe (scenes deleted)

Corey Allen … Young Man in Town (uncredited)
Paul Bryar … Bart the Hangman (uncredited)
Cheryl Callaway … Mary (uncredited)

Michael Chapin … Ruby’s Boyfriend (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Clemons … Clary (uncredited)

Kathy Garver … Child (uncredited)

James Griffith … District Attorney (uncredited)
John Hamilton … Townsman Who Greets Rachel (uncredited)
Kay Lavelle … Miz Cunninghan (uncredited)

Gloria Pall … Burlesque Dancer (uncredited)
George Wallace … (uncredited)

Thanks for reading! You guys are the best!

Sincerely,

Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industries

ATTENTION: OLD SCHOOL VIDEO GAME REVIEWS HERE!

I grew up in the 90s, the age of children’s shows being good enough to win daytime Emmys, backwards clothing, hip hops first beef to get way out of control, and of course, the roaring ascension of video games.

One of the things that has aggravated me over the years is the refusal of most of the big video game sites to update their reviews on classic games. Don’t get me wrong I love most of these sites, however they won’t admit the fact that most people still love their old games and are constantly introducing new people to old games and they need a point of reference to make sure their judgement isn’t clouded by fond childhood memories.

So Wiseguy Industries is here to help you make sure you didn’t like crappy games like E.T just because it was the only game in his collection your big brother let you play. Tomorrow I will be uploading the first review of a classic game most of you will remember. Donkey Kong Country! My rating system will be fairly simple. I will rate it overall with Five stars. Five being the best, one being the worst. Then I will give an in depth rating on graphics, controls, story, gameplay, characters, and most important of all, how it stands up over time. I will also give my thoughts on how this game would have fared if released today with upgraded features that reflect the times.

I hope you guys will tune in! Thanks for reading I appreciate all of you!

Sincerely

A Wise-Guy