One of the greats , whether we’re measuring by influence or by its lingering capacity to shock and chill.
This Depression-set thriller marries beautiful, jarring expressionism with a fairytale dash of Southern Gothic, as Robert Mitchum’s demonic preacher hunts a pair of wide-eyed children.
Actor-turned-director Charles Laughton paid with his career, but left us a film more disturbing and rewarding than most horrors.
Essential extra is the old-but-great 159-min Making Of.
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