John Huston, with uncluttered direction and expert handling of actors, has fashioned a disturbing tale of the fringe side of overzealous religious preachers in the deep South.
Taken from a short novel by Flannery O’Connor, film is grim and Gothic in feeling, but balanced by an underlying tenderness for these fringe people.
Brad Dourif is effective as a young man home from the wars, probably World War II. He visits his now boarded-up house in the country and then doffs his uniform to buy clothes making him look like a preacher.
He goes to a city where he is attracted by a blind preacher with a teenage daughter who gives him lubricious looks. Flashbacks reveal Dourif as the grandson of a fire and brimstone preacher, played by Huston himself.