The suspense in this movie is legendary! This is R. Mitchum in his prime...his Creepy Prime.
The plot makes for a great movie and the fact that the main characters are kids, makes this more realistic/terrifying. Favorite scene is the kids on the water and Mitchum's horrifying wails in the night. This is a DEFINITE CLASSIC and I would recommend this to anyone who's a Mitchum fan or wants to see a suspenseful movie. This would be a good one for a date (if both parties have a reasonable attention span).
P.S - If for some-odd reason you haven't seen (the original) Cape Fear -- Gotta check it out after seeing this movie (make sure you get the one with Robert Mitchum)