The Night of the Hunter-incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed-is truly a standalone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic-also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee-is cinema's quirkiest rendering of the battle between good and evil.
Audio commentary featuring assistant director Terry Sanders, film critic F. X. Feeney, archivist Robert Gitt, and author Preston Neal Jones
Charles Laughton Directs "The Night of the Hunter," a two-and-a-half-hour archival treasure trove of outtakes from the film
New documentary featuring interviews with producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Jones, and author Jeffrey Couchman
New video interview with Simon Callow, author of Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor
Clip from the The Ed Sullivan Show, in which cast members perform live a scene that was deleted from the film
Fifteen-minute episode of the BBC show Moving Pictures about the film
Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez
Gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb
New video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin about Charles Laughton Directs "The Night of the Hunter"