Cape Fear is perhaps the greatest horror movie of all time.
Robert Mitchum delivers the performance of his career as the most terrifying villain to ever be captured on film - Max Cady. It is an absolute travesty that he seems to have flown under the radar of mainstream Hollywood films for most, if not all, of his career. Because of this film, as well as “Night of the Hunter” - he has solidified his place in history as the most underrated actor of all time.
Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam, and Polly Bergen all delivered excellent, complimentary performances, and director J. Lee Thompson did a phenomenal job creating a world that seems lived-in and realistic. “Cape Fear” is ultimately 106 minutes of solid, genre-defining terror that simply demands to be seen by anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of the horror genre.