I watched… (#1)

26 Mar

This is the first of a regular feature on the blog titled “I Watched… (#X)” where I will comment on, briefly review and rate every film I watch since now. Enjoy. 

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The Night of the Hunter (1955)

This American classic has interested me for a long time, I finally had the chance to watch it and I was not disappointed. A simple tale of good versus evil is embellished with some brilliant acting and cinematography. Robert Mitchum is chillingly sinister as the murderous Harry Powell, the singing preacher who is after $10,000 with only two kids in his way.

The two kids are not annoying which is a relief and the use of shadows in this black and white film-noir is inventive and adds to the suspense and elements of horror. The hints of German expressionism add to the mystique and slight surrealism of the film.

An unforgettable villain with his love/hate hands and a simple yet harrowing tale make this a true classic of American cinema that still holds its resonance decades after its release.

8/10

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