A skin-crawling crime film with noir/arthouse elements, a legendary Lorre performance, terrific Fritz Lang direction laden with mystery, and stark ponderances on society and criminality decades ahead of its time. 8.8/10.
In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre), a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of a massive Berlin police manhunt. Beckert’s heinous crimes are so repellant and disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy underworld network. With both cops and criminals in pursuit, the murderer soon realizes that people are on his trail, sending him into a tense, panicked attempt to escape justice.
Official CLC Score: 8.8/10