The Night of the Hunter (1955)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 

 
PROS –
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 Armsis 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.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

 
QUOTE –
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.

Spartacus (1960)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Kirk Douglas as Spartacus with his impressive toned build.
2) Even in presence of legends like Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov as Batiatus outplayed all other actors.
3) Huge production value, epic battles, and moving climax.
4) Snails & Oysters conversation between Crassus and Antoninus. Subtle and impressive.
5) Charles Laughton as Gracchus got the wittiest dialogues as the shrewd Roman senator.
6) “I’m Spartacus!” scene is so powerful and influential that it’s now done-to-death in cinema all across the world.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Gracchus: In Rome, dignity shortens life even more surely than disease.”

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) An Agatha Christie’s classic “plot twist” story
2) Charles Laughton & Marlene Dietrich
3) English humour

 

CONS –
N/A

 

Quote –
Brogan-Moore: Touching isn’t it? The way he counts on his wife.
Sir Wilfrid: Yes, like a drowning man clutching at a razor blade.