172 – The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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This film’s pretty strange and by strange i mean terrible.It’s one of the stinkers on the list,how it got on it is anyone’s guess.I tried to watch this about 3 times and kept falling asleep and had to put it back a bit and do it again.The basic plot is,a guy steals $10,000 and gives it to his kids.He then goes to jail and tells his roomy,a fanatical religious buck,about it.Thief gets hung and the other dude tries to find the cash.There’s a chase between the kids and the pastor.It’s all rabbit Vs the tortoise with all these long meandering shots of a slow moving boat intercut with clips of animals and the guy chasing them on horse back.Full of religious shit,loads of singing and some really bad audio gaffs like looping screams 3 times back-to-back and other simple stuff a director would never allow in the final cut.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     4.4
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     NO

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