To Irish TV viewers this title suggests the highly succesful TV crime series that spanned over 5 seasons between 2010 and 2014; so succesful that a US version is being produced.
For the older generation though, as well as for true cinephiles, it also refers to the 1955 film ‘The night of the hunter‘ directed by English actor Charles Laughton (his only film behind the camera, and to universal acclaim). In it, Reverend Harry Powell, interpreted by Robert Mitchum, a frightening preacher and murderer, has both words tatooed on his knuckles. The image of Mitchum with his fists resting on a baluster has reached iconic status. Love on the right hand, Hate on the left.
‘Ah, little lad, you’re staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E! It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E! You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man. The right hand, friends, the hand of love. Now watch, and I’ll show you the story of life. Those fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warring and a-tugging, one agin t’other. Now watch ’em! Old brother left hand, left hand he’s a fighting, and it looks like love’s a goner. But wait a minute! Hot dog, love’s a winning! Yessirree! It’s love that’s won, and old left hand hate is down for the count’.
Not to worry even with my Dsquared2 Love-Hate T-shirt, I am nowhere near as disquieting as the Reverend. But beware, at night I am still a hunter!