Thick with nocturnal panic, The Night of the Hunter preys on things like our childlike fears of the dark, and the adult assertion of cruelty and persecution. Here a stolen doll becomes an emblem for innocence made absent, a riverside trek is bird-dogged by a deistic bully that further clouds the childs-eye-view of a mature terrene that has lost it's baby teeth. Will the first blush of dawn ever erase what night has revealed ?
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Night of the Hunter