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Posted on: April 8th, 2024

If you like film noir thrills with an edge of psychological horror, you can’t do much better than 1955’s Night of the Hunter.

Based on Davis Grubb’s 1953 novel of the same name, the Charles Laughton-directed classic stars Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters. Mitchum plays a serial killer, masquerading as a morally upright preacher, planning to obtain the money Winters’ late husband had stolen. However, the widow’s two children become wise to the plan, resulting in a campaign of intimidation, terror, and nail-biting cat and mouse games.

Although a failure upon its initial release, Night of the Hunter has subsequently become one of the most lauded psychological thrillers of its era. Hailed as the pinnacle of both Mitchum and Winters’ career, the film has gone on to achieve classic status.

Now, a new version of this taut terror tale is set to come to life via Universal Pictures.

The studio has tasked Hollywood heavyweight Scott Derrickson to adapt the source material for modern audiences, alongside is frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill.

Together, Derrickson and Cargill have given us two horror tales since hailed as modern classics in 2012’s Sinister and 2022’s The Black Phone. Conceivably, who better is there to inject new life into this classic noir tale?

Currently, very little else is known, as the project is still in the early stages of development. However, we’re particularly looking forward to the casting announcements with such big shoes to fill. We’ll follow this one closely and bring you any further updates.

You can check out the trailer for the 1955 classic below:


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