1950s Book & Movie Adaptation Based on West Virginia Serial Killer Captivates Horror Genre Stars

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia was the setting for the 1955 film “The Night of the Hunter,” an adaptation of Davis Grubb’s 1953 novel inspired by a serial killer in the area. The film, actor Charles Laughton’s sole directorial effort, follows the story of Harry Powell, portrayed by Robert Mitchum, a self-styled preacher with tattoos that read “LOVE” and “HATE.” The character of Harry is based on the “West Virginia Bluebeard,” Harry Powers, a serial …

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