NORWALK, Conn. (January 9, 2019) – Norwalk Community College will be screening “Night of the Hunter!” in its free film series on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the East Campus Theatre.
The film is an eerie nightmare come to life, like nothing you have ever seen. It’s the first and only film directed by master-actor Charles Laughton (Quasimodo, Captain Bligh, Dr. Moreau) and is a dark, moody, atmospheric mixture of Grant Wood’s rural America, Grimm’s fairy tales, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. It’s a poetic, allegorical tale of the eternal struggle between good and evil (the words iconically tatooed on “preacher” Robert Mitchum’s knuckles) that will stay with you forever.
Shamefully ignored when first released, this unique film is today considered to be one of the finest, most unusual films ever made – one that stubbornly continues to defy categorization. Set in the Great Depression, it follows the sinister trail of an evil, womanizing Pentecostal “preacher” (and ex-convict!), who is unrelenting in his pursuit of a cache of stolen money and the orphaned children who know where it is. Leonard Maltin gives it three-and-a-half stars. This masterful, truly essential film also features Shelly Winters and Lillian Gish.