One of my very favorite movies of all time. I acknowledge that there's some problematic gender stuff in the film, but at the same time, it's just one of those movies that brings me endless joy. This maybe my favorite John Wayne performance, and Maureen O'Hara just makes me swoon. Again, it may not be one of the best movies ever made, but it's one that I love almost unconditionally. I just can't help myself.
Part of me wants to complain that they forgot to have stuff happen in this movie, but then I think back to the actual horror films of the 70s and 80s and remember how languidly paced most of them were. Overall, I think West does a great job of building tension throughout, but at the same time I feel like far too much of the running time is devoted to that. The movie could have easily been 15 minutes shorter,…