Directed by Charles Laughton (his only directed movie), The Night of the Hunter offers a poetically sinister mix of silent movie and expressionistic inspired terror. It's one of the best horror movies you've probably never seen. Robert Mitchum is more than chilling in his role as a serial-killing preacher, whose hand tatoos signify his inner turmoil between love and hate. According to Wikipedia, "the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma selected The Night of the Hunter in 2008 as the second-best film of all time, behind Citizen Kane." I wouldn't argue with their assessment.
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