Sunday, September 17, 2006
Carrie or Night of the Hunter?
UPDATED: This is very close, but I'll have to cast my vote for Carrie. Robert Mitchum's performance in Night of the Hunter is one of the all-time greats, and Charles Laughton does an incredible job of investing the film with palpable dread. However, the last scene is unberably maudlin, whereas Carrie follows through with almost clinical precision until its shock ending. It's a remarkably effective horror film, a subtle character study, and a virtuosic display of cinematic craft.