Oh Lawd, the melodrama!
This has to be one of the worst movies of all time. Charlton Heston's ridiculous voice is impossible to get past. It's like he specifically tried to create the lounge singer version of spoken dialogue. It was hilarious!
I could swear there was the sound effect of monkeys in the background of the North Carolina swamp. Now, I may have been born and raised in Western NC, but I can pretty much tell you the swamps of Eastern NC don't have any monkeys.
Jennifer Jones clearly needed to stick with playing more subdued highbrow characters, because her overacting of the low-class, overly expressive female lead was so over the top as to be unbelievable.
Carl Malden performed as well as could be expected, but what did he have to work with? What a weird and creepy character. Ick.
Filmmakers try emulate great Southern gothic stories by making up for the lack of a good story with a lot of sex. They ended up with a steamy and silly emotional swamp. I can see myself watching this again with childhood friends for laughs.