STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1
VERDICT – 5/5
1) An ex-preacher & psychopathic serial killer marries a gullible widow to extract $10,000 of stolen money by her executed husband. The plot follows him trying to find the money’s location known only to her two young children.
2) Robert Mitchum as Rev. Harry Powell gave an unforgettable performance as the relentless murdering psychopath.
3) Walter Schumann’s hauntingly melodious songs : “Lullaby” sung by Kitty White. The preacher’s chilling signature theme “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” is beautifully terrifying.
4) Excepional cinemaotgraphy using shadows, anthropomorphic and christian symbolisms. The scene where the audience see the dead body of Willa Harper underwater is another achievement.
Rachel Cooper: You know, when you’re little, you have more endurance than God is ever to grant you again. Children are man at his strongest. They abide.