Night of the Hunter, dir. Charles Laughton, 1955
In the spirit of October, the Ramsey Center is excited to bring you an appropriately scary thriller!
Based on a 1953 Southern Gothic novel by Davis Grubb and with a screenplay co-written by James Agee (A Death in the Family), Night of the Hunter (dir. Charles Laughton, 1955) tells the story of the Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum). Rev. Powell is a religious fanatic and serial killer who is serving time in prison for car theft. He meets condemned murderer Ben Harper (Peter Graves), who confesses to hiding $10,000 in stolen loot. Released from jail, Powell is obsessed with finding the money, and he tracks down Harper’s widow, Willa (Shelley Winters), and her two children, John (Billy Chapin) and Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce).
Mars Hill University English professor Hal McDonald will lead a discussion after the film. Hal McDonald is a professor in the English Department of Mars Hill University, where he teaches linguistics, literature, and creative writing. A writer of both fiction and nonfiction, he has published a historical mystery novel, The Anatomists, and writes a blog for Psychology Today magazine. He has a wide range of interests in movies, but is a particularly avid fan of the gothic/horror genre, which he has enjoyed since early childhood.
Reel Appalachia Film Screenings are free of charge and all are welcome. The event will be held in the Ramsey Center, which is located inside Renfro Library on the campus of Mars Hill University.