Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 359: Wed Dec 28

Cape Fear (Thompson, 1962): Prince Charles Cinema, 6.15pm

This film also screens at the Prince Charles Cinema on December 27th. Details here.

Time Out review:
An irredeemable criminal exacts his revenge on the family of a lawyer who put him away. This supremely nasty thriller - originally severely cut by the British censor - boasts great credentials: a source in John D MacDonald's novel The Executioners, Robert Mitchum as the sadistic villain (a bare-chested variant on his Night of the Hunter role), Gregory Peck as the epitome of threatened righteousness, seedy locations in the Southern bayous, and whooping music by Bernard Herrmann. If director J Lee Thompson isn't quite skilful enough to give the film its final touch of class (many of the shocks are just too planned), the relentlessness of the story and Mitchum's tangibly sordid presence guarantee the viewer's quivering attention.
David Thompson

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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