Now film noir may not be what everyone likes at Halloween time, but to me they are great anytime of the year.
Dana Andrews stars as Henry L. Harvey, a prosecutor working in a small Connecticut town in which a priest is shot in the head and killed.
After the murder there is a huge investigation, but no leads are found and the officials are baffled as to who the killer is. Political pressures mount until a man, John Waldron (Arthur Kennedy) is arrested and forced to sign a confession by the police.
Harvey begins to question if the man is really guilty and before you know it the politicians are after him to convict no matter what. This film is based on a real incident in the 1920's and director Elia Kazan really makes it work along with his excellent cast.
The supporting cast includes Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, and Ed Begley. This is available on DVD and is a highly recommended thriller with plenty of twists and turns, and as I said, it may not be a "horror" film, but it is horrifying in it's implications of innocent people being accused of a crime just for political gain.