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Sunday December 18, 2022
How The Night Of The Hunter’s Cinematographer Crafted Its Haunting Visual Style
The 1955 cult classic horror “The Night of the Hunter” may be one of the scariest films of all time, but not because of a well-timed jump-scare or dazzling practical effects. What is it that makes Charles Laughton’s sole directorial credit so very terrifying?
Robert Mitchum’s performance as a Bible-thumping villain is enough to set your teeth on edge, but it’s the haunting set design and Hilyard M. Brown and skillful camera work by Stanley Cortez that have always struck me to my core.